Congress Heights

220 Highview Place SE
Phone: 202-562-7070
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.

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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.

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Grades: PreK3 to 8

Students: 256

Ward: 8

Student Programs and Activities

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Drumline
  • Choir
  • College Tribe
  • Georgetown Math Tutors
  • Arts Field Trips
  • Robotics
  • Code4Life
  • Joyful Market
  • Flag Football
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Cheerleading
  • Spanish
  • Middle School Mentors

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.

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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.”

Our Excellence in English Language Learner Programming Award Winner: Alicia Passante from Center City PCS https://t.co/bILNGvDNje #DCcharterPROUD @CenterCityPCS

The TIERific Principal Award Winner: Rachel Tommelleo, from Center City PCS #DCcharterPROUD https://t.co/bILNGvDNje @CenterCityPCS

Our middle school scholars had a blast with Accenture during #hourofcode today. What will our scholars code next?! #coding #kidswhocode #centercitypcs #ccbrightwood #onebandonesound

DC Friends: A member of our Center City PCS family, David Stern, has been missing since Tues. Nov. 27. Please contact @DCPoliceDept if you have any information regarding his whereabouts. Help us bring him home.

Honored to serve on the @CenterCityPCS board. Rachel and Alicia are rock stars working every single day to put Center City kids on the path to college and career readiness. #proudboardmember https://t.co/qG8mym0qPh

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