Friendship is one of the District of Columbia’s largest and highest-performing public charter school networks, with 12 schools serving over 4,200 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.
We provide a world-class education that prepares students for college success and a career of their choice. Friendship empowers students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning, and develop as ethical, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens who contribute actively to their communities.
perpetually exceeds district and national averages
go on to a four-year college or other institution of higher learning
offers students the chance to earn up to 60 college credits or an associate’s degree at no cost while in high school
earned since 2008
enroll in an AP or honors class
with over 800 staff members
A Message from CEO Patricia A. Brantley
Is there anything sweeter than the first week of school?
The sights and sounds of Friendship scholars as they return after the summer break always fills my heart with joy.
There’s lots of laughter, epic selfies and a little showing off of new backpacks and the coolest kicks.
Parents, teachers and school staff greet each other with big hugs, refreshed and excited about how they can work together to help our scholars grow.
And because of the tireless efforts of our campus and community office teams, our school environment reflects the high standards we expect of our students.
Shelves are stocked and more materials are on the way. Laptops are humming. Hallways and classroom walls are alive with creative clues that make learning fun and relevant.
Every Friendship school grew and achieved last year. Our intentional approach to mastering the highest academic standards, individualizing learning and augmenting field experiences for our scholars is paying off. So, it was gratifying to start the 2018-19 school year with an article highlighting our “record big gains on [PARCC standardized test] scores.” This news was followed by the Washington Post’s back-to-school story titled “It feels great to go back,” about our students and your work to help them to grow academically and socially
Lakia Mines’s khaki shorts and white polo shirt were already laid out, her hair already styled in a long braid. She had just the right purple-and-turquoise leopard backpack, already stuffed with pencils and paper.
Lakia was ready for seventh grade.
So when her mother woke her up at 6 a.m. Monday in a cousin’s home, Lakia quickly dressed, laced her gray-and-purple Nike high-top shoes and posed for a first-day-of-school photo in the hallway.
Lakia is homeless and hasn’t had a permanent bed to sleep in for years, bouncing between friends’ and relatives’ homes. But each day, the 12-year-old completes her homework and prepares for school in the crammed room she shares with her mother and two sisters.
And the first day of school was no different. By the time the bus arrived at 7 a.m., Lakia was ready — and slightly nervous — to travel across town from the District’s Fort Totten neighborhood to Friendship Tech Prep Academy, a charter school in Congress Heights that greeted students with exuberant songs, chants and dances.
“It feels great to go back,” Lakia said. “I like my homeroom, I like math, science, social studies and English.”
I never dreamed I would go to college in California.
We prepare our students to take on the world.
Friendship is very close to my heart because my colleagues and supervisors are all great people.
Friendship Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities. For more information, click here.