By Perry Stein, Washington Post
Last year, three charter schools in the District stood on the brink of closing. They needed help. Fast. Two turned to the Friendship Public Charter network. The third received a lifeline from the KIPP DC charter network.
And now, Friendship may rescue yet another struggling charter campus. D.C. education officials are considering a proposal for Friendship to take over Achievement Prep-Wahler Place Middle School in Southeast Washington.
KIPP DC and Friendship, the city’s two largest charter networks, have grown bigger in recent years as they take over floundering charter campuses, revamping the schools and adding the campuses to their already extensive and well-regarded portfolios.
The networks are poised to educate more than 11,500 public school students in the coming years — more than 11 percent of the city’s public school population.
By Jake Lourim
Dec. 8, 2019 at 7:02 p.m. EST
It had to happen this way, not just another Friendship Collegiate win but another dominant defensive performance. These days, the No. 11 Knights don’t just win championships; they do it without allowing points.
After forcing five turnovers in the first half and not surrendering a first down for the first 15 minutes of the second, Friendship Collegiate won its second straight D.C. State Athletic Association AA football title, beating Dunbar, 20-0, Sunday at Catholic University.
The Knights (10-3), who have won three of the past four DCSAA titles, shut out Wilson and Woodson in last year’s tournament; they dug in and blanked Archbishop Carroll, 7-0, in this year’s semifinals; and then they delivered another masterpiece Sunday, preventing No. 15 Dunbar (10-3) from reaching the red zone but for one fourth-quarter snap.
“They want to get to the ball, and when you let them loose, you just sit back and watch the spectacle,” Coach Mike Hunter said of his Knights.
Join Friendship Public Charter School for #GivingTuesday!
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving where people come together to support and champion causes they believe in.
Friendship joins this day of generosity with our effort to raise $10,000 for talented, hard-working Friendship alumni in college who are struggling to make ends meet. We want to ensure these deserving students can go back to college on-time in January.
With your help, we’ll provide emergency financial support for tuition, room and board, textbooks, and travel expenses.
How can you help?
– Make a gift in honor of #GivingTuesday at http://igfn.us/vf/GRATEFUL.
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– Share this message with everyone in your network.
With your support, we’ll help our alumni complete their college degrees and fulfill their dreams.
Friendship Public Charter School, Office of Alumni Affairs
All the annual performance results are finally in. And I couldn’t be prouder of what our performance says about who we are and where we are going.
This is a big moment!
Yet, as we celebrate, it’s important that you know my excitement goes far beyond the test scores reflected in the Public Charter School Board’s School Quality Reports.
Yes, I’m thrilled we have added a new Tier 1 school. Congratulations Southeast Elementary for earning this distinction, and for your amazing growth in math and ELA. You deserve our applause!
And make no mistake, I’m overjoyed that both Woodridge Elementary and Middle are Tier 1, and the elementary school is vying for the city’s #1 spot as the highest-performing among its peers. Woodridge students, from kindergarten to 8th grade, have demonstrated they are college ready with PMF scores ranging from 80-90 percent.
Our Technology Preparatory High School is Tier 1 for a second year, and its award-winning scholars are raising the bar for students from traditional public, public charter and independent schools with their innovation and scholarship.
And yes, I would never miss an opportunity to celebrate our longest-running Tier 1 school, Chamberlain Elementary, and salute the groundbreaking work of our Tier 1 Blow Pierce Elementary.
But Friendship, my joy goes much, much deeper.
I’m proud because at each of these six schools and at every Friendship school, Tier 1 practices and outcomes are taking shape and shaping lives!
Record Number of Friendship Elementary and Middle Schools Rated Tier 1
Schools distinguished for bold performance that levels the academic playing field
In a way, the Bears’ culture change started with Goldman. He’s the only remaining player from general manager Ryan Pace’s first draft class. All he wants to do is do his job and do it well.