220 Highview Place SE
Grades: PreK3 – 8th grade
Principal: Niya White
Assistant Principal: Quiana Johnson
About Congress Heights
At Congress Heights our staff is dedicated to ensuring the academic and social growth of all of our students in a safe, open, and caring environment.
We develop character in our students by teaching them how and why it is important to positively serve their community. Our students donate their time to the Assumption Outreach Food Bank, Jump Rope for Heart, Food for Families, and S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat).
We provide students with numerous opportunities to stay engaged and to develop socially, emotionally, and physically. We offer extracurricular activities, including foreign language, drama, drumline, choir, robotics, and sports. Students also participate in field trips and experiential learning opportunities—including a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to help students conceptualize the Civil War, a trip to New York to see the 9/11 Memorial and go skating in Rockefeller Center, an annual ski trip, and multiple college tours.
With the support of a $100,000 Fight for Children Quality Schools grant, we are able to provide our students with access to a computer lab as well as instruction using online learning programs, and access to word processing and other applications such as PowerPoint, Prezi and Google documents.
Parents are critical partners in our students’ learning. We engage parents through frequent communication, family events and celebrations, and individualized, student data conferences. We also provide workshops to help parents support students’ learning at home and offer classes to help parents learn word processing skills, resume building, and much more.
Students who graduate from Congress Heights attend great DC public (both charter and traditional) and private high schools where they are on a college-preparatory track.
Grades: PreK3 to 8
Student Programs and Activities
Ms. White was appointed as Principal of the Congress Heights Campus in 2012, after serving as Assistant Principal for five years and Middle School Chair for four years.
Prior to her administrative positions, Ms. White was a middle school English teacher and a self-contained teacher in the elementary grades. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Archdiocese of Washington for 2005-2006 and Middle School Teacher of the Year for Center City Public Charter Schools in 2009-2010. She was recognized for having 93% of her class either proficient or advanced on DC CAS.
She holds an associate’s degree in liberal arts, a bachelor’s degree in politics and government and a master’s degree in education in the art of teaching. Her goal is to have all of her students succeed so that they have options in their choice of high schools, colleges and careers. She said, “As a native of Washington, DC this is what my schools provided me and I get up every morning to give my students the same options through education that I received at their age.”