Academic Program

Center City’s academic program is designed to prepare students for high school, college, and career!

Furthermore, we commit to providing students with a diverse set of experiences that include a rigorous, socially-relevant curriculum and opportunities for service learning. Our curriculum and instructional practices are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3).

Additionally, we believe in providing the most comprehensive education possible while maintaining the integrity of a small school program. Our students participate in the core academic programs of ELA, Humanities, Math, and Science. Additionally, each campus offers Enrichment courses, such as Physical Education (PE), Spanish, Art, Music, Dance, STEM, or Drama as a regular part of their schedule.

Using Every Minute of the Day WELL

All Center City PCS students receive daily instruction in reading, writing, humanities, mathematics, and science and engage in weekly physical/health education. Enrichment offerings vary by campus and include music, dance, drama, art, STEM, and Spanish. With a longer and more rounded academic day, students are provided with a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow.

Knowing EVERY Child’s Strengths and Areas of Need

Students who need additional support in core content areas are assigned to interventions to improve basic skills if they are struggling and more challenging work if they are advancing through material quickly. Inclusion specialists, English as a Second Language teachers, and interventionists work with children who need extra help in meeting grade-level standards.

21st Century Learners and Leaders

To prepare our students to serve and lead others in the 21st century, Center City PCS provides students with access to computer labs, Chromebooks, and other technology resources and tools. Students are able to use many of Center City PCS’ supplemental programs both in school and at home. The yearly Capstone Project provides all students, beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, the opportunity to execute a service project, research report, and presentation on an important global issue.

Honoring Academics and Achievement

Center City PCS hosts annual events that require discipline, preparation, and study, including campus-based and system-wide celebrations of learning, musicals, science fairs, art shows, and music and dance performances.

For more detailed information about the curriculum, see our Curriculum

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Our Mission

Empower our students for lifelong success by building strong character, promoting academic excellence, and generating public service throughout Washington D.C.