Friendship Public Charter School (FPCS) is proud to announce that its elementary, middle and high schools have earned the distinction of Tier 1 – the highest performance rating given by the D.C. Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB). The DCPCS today unveiled the results of the 2018 Performance Management Framework (PMF), an evaluation tool created to assess and monitor public charter school performance.
“Congratulations to our scholars, parents, teachers and staff at Friendship Blow Pierce Elementary, Friendship Chamberlain Elementary, Friendship Woodridge International Elementary and Middle, and Friendship Tech Prep High. Your commitment to great teaching and learning inspires us all,” said FPCS CEO Patricia A. Brantley.
The PMF evaluates all D.C. public charter schools based on various factors, including academic growth and achievement, attendance and re-enrollment. Here are some highlights about Blow Pierce, Chamberlain, Woodridge and Tech Prep.
- Chamberlain Elementary is among the District’s Top 10 charter schools and a 2018 Bold Performance Award Winner for its exceptional academic performance across subject areas.
- Blow Pierce Elementary achieved the highest performance scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) among charters serving more than 70 percent at-risk students in Ward 7. Blow Pierce elementary and middle are both 2018 Bold Performance Award Winners.
- Tech Prep High, a STEM-focused high school, achieved double-digit gains in proficiency on the PARCC ELA and math assessments as well as significant gains in SAT, PSAT, dual enrollment and other college readiness measures. Tech Prep is also a 2018 Bold Performance Award Winner.
- Woodridge Elementary and Middle, an International Baccalaureate school (IB), ranks among the city’s Top 10 charters. Woodridge achieved the second highest Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) organizational score of all D.C. pre-K to 8 schools and achieved double-digit gains in proficiency on PARCC ELA and math assessments.
Other noteworthy gains across the Friendship network include a double-digit increase in third graders on track for college in reading at Friendship Armstrong Elementary; a double-digit increase in 11th graders meeting PSAT targets at Friendship Collegiate Academy; and a 10 point increase in the overall PMF score for Friendship Southeast. Overall, Friendship quadrupled the number of pre-K classrooms scoring at least a four in CLASS instructional support – an achievement that represents nearly 50% of Friendship pre-K classrooms earning the maximum score.
“Getting to Tier 1 and improving outcomes for all requires passion, perseverance and a belief that every scholar can achieve to the highest standards. These attributes drive school culture, academic growth, college readiness, graduation rates and college acceptance rates across our schools educating students from grades pre-K to 12.”