510 Webster Street NW
Grades: PreK3-8th Grade
Principal: Fatima Smith
Assistant Principal: Devin James
At Petworth, we work hard, get better, and play nice.
The Petworth staff and community collaborate in going above and beyond to support our students. Our small school community enables us to build close relationships with students and to have all hands on deck, so teachers, parents, and administrators can work together to meet the needs of all students.
Our team engages parents in supporting their students’ learning at home as we strive to be a community resource for our Petworth families. We communicate frequently with parents, conduct home visits, and hold conferences to discuss individual student goals and strategies for supporting the development of students’ skills. We offer parent workshops, and are currently focusing on supporting early literacy at home. We also engage parents through cultural celebrations and enrichment events.
Our teachers provide our students with individualized academic support both during and after school. Inclusion teachers work closely with general education teachers to differentiate instruction and provide individualized supports to students. Our teachers offer tutoring in English Language Arts and mathematics after school. We also offer ESL After the Bell, a program that provides targeted academic support to English Language Learners.
To support students’ social, emotional and physical development, we provide enrichment classes and after-school sports and clubs. All students take music and STEM classes. After-school sports and clubs include yoga, volleyball, tennis, and dance. In addition, we develop students’ leadership skills by giving them opportunities to join student government, take on student jobs, and even participate in a student court.
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Grades: PreK3 to 8
Ms. Fatima Smith is proud to return to the DC Metro area as a school administrator.
Prior to this, Ms. Smith served as a school principal in Philadelphia PA and Richmond, Va. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Smith taught secondary English Language Arts, Technical Writing & Art History in Washington, DC and in Brooklyn, NY.
She is a New York City Teaching Fellows alum, as well as a former District of Columbia Public Schools Capital Commitment Fellow; a prestigious program for the “50 Best Teacher Recruits of the Year.”
Ms. Smith holds a Master’s of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. John’s University, a Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism and Communication from Old Dominion University, and Pre-K-12 Principal Certification in Washington, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Ms. Smith is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family as well as all things related to music and theatrical arts. Her passion for school leadership stems from the belief that every single child – irrespective of zip code or socioeconomic status – deserves a premiere educational experience. Ms. Smith is committed to serving CCPCS families, positively building the capacity of teachers and cultivating a high quality culture of learning for all students. Ms. Smith looks forward to continuing her work with all of the Center City Public Charter Schools stakeholders as she strives to take the Petworth school community to new heights.
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
Student Programs and Activities
- ESL After the Bell
- Student Government
- Step Team
- National Junior Honor Society