Our Mission The mission of Friendship Public Charter School is to provide a world-class education that motivates students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning and develop as ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens who contribute actively to their communities. Beginning with just two locations in 1998, Friendship now spans 16 campuses, including online, for students in grades Pre-K3 to 12. Our rigorous curriculum, exemplary instruction, resource-rich forums and total commitment to student advancement have made Friendship one of D.C.’s top charter systems. The road to college can be daunting. But thanks to 20 years’ experience guiding students to and through higher education, Friendship has developed one of the most comprehensive roadmaps for student success anywhere. Our culture is driven by great educators, academic rigors that cultivate curiosity and confidence, and the belief that every child can achieve to the highest standards. Friendship empowers students to grow and thrive as scholars. The Friendship system’s knowledge-building approach to student instruction has produced remarkable results: Tier I elementary and middle schools. A robust Advanced Placement program. The district’s first Early College charter high school. Graduation and college acceptance rates that are tough to top anywhere. Beyond the classroom, extended learning and athletic programs round out the whole student. Friendship’s award-winning teams know the tough and the technical, from resilience in robotics to grit on the gridiron. They will enter a fast-paced world with a running start. With our deeply rooted commitment to the D.C. community, Friendship is uniquely equipped to take an extraordinary journey with students and their families. We are proud of our challenging approaches, insistence on accountability, high academic expectations and relentless emphasis on college completion. That’s because we’ve seen the results. We know what students can accomplish with the right opportunities and environment. But don’t let us convince you. Let our growth and longevity tell the story. Our students’ success shows what a world-class education looks like. Core Values The Core Values listed below are characteristics that must be demonstrated by every member of the Friendship PCS community. Students will see the Core Values posted throughout Friendship PCS and will be expected to recite them. INTEGRITY Be honest and fair to others. RESPONSIBILITY Choose right over wrong. Accept consequences for your actions. CONFIDENCE Know that you can achieve. CARE Help others. COMMITMENT Find your purpose and stay true to it. PATIENCE Face challenges by seeking understanding – not with anger and violence. PERSISTENCE Do not allow anyone, not even yourself, to steer you off the road to success. Be determined to achieve. RESPECT Hold others in high regard and understand that you can learn from them. See each person’s value.