Rigorous academics and character education are at the heart of all we do; how these two elements translate into action across each of our campuses comprise The DC Prep Way.
Helping kids succeed by ensuring more class time, targeted interventions, standards-based instruction, and conducting frequent assessments.
More Time in Class
DC Prep students spend approximately 25% more time in school than other DC public school students.
The school day includes extended literacy and math blocks, as well as science, social studies, and specials classes. Meaningful nightly homework reinforces classroom learning. Teachers are on call until 8:00PM each school night to assist students with homework questions and to talk with families.
Curriculum maps and scope and sequence documents aligned with nationally-recognized Common Core standards guide instruction at all campuses.
DC Prep’s departmentalized approach to instruction in 1st – 8th grade allows teachers to focus their curriculum planning and lesson delivery on targeted curricular areas — and provides students with expert instruction from the earliest years. Teachers develop daily lesson plans based on rigorous, vertically-aligned curriculum maps and draw upon recognized curricular resources to ensure mastery of appropriate standards.
An individualized academic intervention program ensures that every student is being taught at the appropriate level, including those who may enter school significantly below grade level or those performing at or above grade level.
Our inclusion model promotes the integration of students with special needs in regular classrooms and activities.
Regular monitoring of student progress — using a range of nationally-recognized assessment tools, selected for their validity and developmental appropriateness — ensures an academic program that is targeted for every child.
Teachers reflect on data and instruction frequently, including during weekly professional development sessions led by campus-based instructional leadership teams and quarterly, post-interim “Data Days.”
We focus on a well-rounded experience to help build character, a sense of responsibility, and mindfulness of the community.
Sweating the Small Stuff
We pay close attention to all aspects of student behavior including attendance, punctuality, and homework completion.
Teachers are united in reinforcing the school values, the discipline policy, and the incentive system so that students receive clear and consistent messages about appropriate and productive behavior. Students wear the DC Prep uniform to reflect team and community values and instill a sense of appropriate dress.
DC Prep fosters shared expectations and aspirations between home and school. Informal and formal communication with families builds trust and parent/teacher teamwork to achieve the best outcome for every student.
Do the RIGHT Thing
We believe that character counts and we teach it explicitly.
From the earliest years, Preppies are supported to develop Prep Skills — the essential qualities of successful students and good citizens. All members of the DC Prep community strive to live up to the school motto, “Do the RIGHT Thing” (Respectful, Intelligent, Genuine, Hardworking, Team-oriented).
A Sense of Community
A personal handshake each morning, daily homeroom and advisory meetings, and frequent all-school Community Meetings that celebrate individual classroom academic and character successes promote a shared culture and pride of place for all students.