Thurgood Marshall Academy

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Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
Thurgood Marshall Academy
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2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE


United States
Coordinates 38°51′44″N76°59′38″W / 38.86222°N 76.99389°W / 38.86222; -76.99389 Coordinates: 38°51′44″N76°59′38″W / 38.86222°N 76.99389°W / 38.86222; -76.99389
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TypeLaw-themed, college preparatory
Established2001
School districtDC Public Charter School Board
Grades9–12
GenderCo-educational
Color(s)Burgundy and white
AthleticsFlag football, boy's and girls basketball, girls volleyball, track and cross country
MascotWarriors
Nickname TMA
AccreditationMiddle States
Website

Thurgood Marshall Academy is a charter school in Washington, D.C., United States., [1] the first law-themed school in DC. Thurgood Marshall Academy was founded based on the principles of Justice Thurgood Marshall that every child should have a world-class education and the opportunity to reach their full potential. The school is located in the Congress Heights region of Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. Capital of the United States

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington; D.C.; or the district, is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, Washington is an important world political capital. The city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million tourists annually.

Thurgood Marshall American judge

Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice. Prior to his judicial service, he successfully argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education.

Congress Heights Neighborhood in the United States

Congress Heights is a residential neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., in the United States. The irregularly shaped neighborhood is bounded by the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus, Lebaum Street SE, 4th Street SE, and Newcomb Street SE on the northeast; Shepard Parkway and South Capitol Street on the west; Atlantic Street SE and 1st Street SE on the south; Oxon Run Parkway on the southeast; and Wheeler Street SE and Alabama Avenue SE on the east. Commercial development is heavy along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue.

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History

Thurgood Marshall Academy grew out of the experience of law students and professors in the DC Street Law clinical program at Georgetown University Law Center. [2]

Georgetown University Law Center law school of Georgetown University

The Georgetown University Law Center is one of the professional graduate schools of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, it is the second largest law school in the United States by student body and receives more full-time applications than any other law school in the country.

Thurgood Marshall Academy opened in 2001, serving 80 9th-graders in a rented church basement; the school added a grade each year. In 2005, the school renovated, expanded, and moved into its permanent facility in Anacostia. [3] In 2009, the school opened a new gymnasium to be shared with next-door A. Kiger Savoy Elementary, creating a full-service educational campus to meet a range of youth development needs in Ward 8. [4] The school also broke ground for an expanded school garden shared with Savoy Elementary School. Thurgood Marshall Academy earned a full continuance of its charter in 2007 and full accreditation in 2008.

Anacostia neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Anacostia is a historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Its downtown is located at the intersection of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. It is located east of the Anacostia River, after which the neighborhood is named. Like the other quadrants of Washington, D.C., Southeast encompasses many named neighborhoods, of which Anacostia is the most well known. Anacostia includes all of the Anacostia Historic District that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Often the name Anacostia is incorrectly used to refer to the entire portion of the city that is southeast of the Anacostia River.

Academics

The school offers a college-preparatory curriculum in electives and advanced courses, but since the majority of its students enter the 9th grade with 5th or 6th grade reading and math skills, the college-preparatory coursework is coupled with remediation. Instructional planning is guided by a benchmark assessment program that is aligned to District of Columbia learning standards and the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS). A benchmark assessment program makes it possible for teachers to use a battery of data to differentiate instruction, measure mastery of standards, and modify teaching plans as necessary. Additionally, TMA offers Honors and AP courses including AP Literature, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus, AP Computer Applications, and AP U.S. Government and Politics. [5]

Law theme

Thurgood Marshall Academy offers law theme programs, including:

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia, commonly referred to as DC Superior Court, is the trial court for the District of Columbia. It hears cases involving criminal and civil law, as well as family court, landlord and tenant, probate, tax, and driving violations. All appeals of Superior Court decisions go to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Student life

There are around 25 extra-curriculars at TMA, like Drama Club, Debate, Flag football, Anti-Defamation League, VYBE, and the TMA Brief newspaper. The school provides daily homework help for students from 3:30 to 5:45pm for anyone needing help with assignments.

Students compete in the Washington Charter School League in flag football, boys' and girls' basketball, track, cross country and volleyball.

Facility

Thurgood Marshall Academy has 13 classrooms, and a library holding over 10,000 volumes, a moot courtroom, a school garden, a basketball court, and a gymnasium.

Moot court extracurricular activity at many law schools

Moot court is an extracurricular activity at many law schools in which participants take part in simulated court or arbitration proceedings, usually involving drafting memorials or memoranda and participating in oral argument. In most countries, the phrase "moot court" may be shortened to simply "moot" or "mooting". Participants are either referred to as "mooters" or, less conventionally, "mooties".

Going green

Through the educators in the science field and other faculty sponsors at Thurgood Marshall Academy, the school has taken steps to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Along with the TMA Green Club, the school has an organic garden with home-grown vegetables, and 15 solar panels on the roof of the school. The school won the 2011 Mayor's Environmental Award for Excellence by an Educational Facility for its efforts. [6]

Alumni

100% of the students have been accepted to a college or university. Students receive college counseling from the school's college counselor. TMA offers advisors, legal education taught by lawyers and law students, a clinical counselor, classroom technology, and a summer enrichment program for incoming students.

Awards and media

According to the DC Public Charter School Board's 2011 PMF ranking, TMA was one of three charter high schools to receive Tier 1 status, meeting the standards of high performance. [7]

The school has been ranked as a Bronze Medal School by U.S. News & World Report'. [8]

CBS Evening News featured the school in its broadcast in June 2010. [9]

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