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Rooted in the values of determination,empathy,excellence, andservice;Promise Academy prepares students to thrive in excellent middle and high schools. Students develop a love for learning, critical thinking, and leadership in rigorous and joyful learning environments. Upon completion of fourth grade, Promise Academy students move onto DC KEY Academy.

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"Promise Academy firmly believes that each of our students has the potential to influence change in their communities and beyond. We help students develop the confidence to believe in themselves and the foundational skills to prepare them for future educational success."

Monique Hardin-Simmons, Principal, DC Promise Academy

"I’m proud to work at a school that values arts education alongside other subjects. Dance is a vehicle for student expression, empowerment, social-emotional development, and of course artistic virtuosity. It’s a joy to see my students show up as their authentic selves while they grow and develop in dance."

Edwin Sorto, Dance Teacher, DC Promise Academy


  • Determination
  • Empathy
  • Excellence
  • Service


Promise Academy fosters students’ social, emotional, and academic development, setting them up for a life filled with choice and opportunity.

Students receive comprehensive and rigorous instruction in literacy and math, but also benefit from music, dance, physical education, social studies, and art classes.

sters at Promise Academy develop a love for learning, and build the skills and mindsets necessary to set them up for success in middle school and beyond.


Promise Academy offers its elementary students a number of extracurricular ways to build teamwork and explore their passions. Those offered include Robotics, Books and basketball, Estrellitas de Sorto dance team, Girls on the Run, Girls & Boys empowerment club, Tutoring, YMCA before and aftercare, and more.

Awards & Recognition

2019:Promise Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Promise Academy named a by EmpowerK12.

2018: Promise Academy isa Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Promise Academy named National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Promise Academy 4th grade teacher Ms. Dunn recognized as DC’smonthly staff spotlight.

Promise Academy is a Bold Performance Winner by Empowerk12.

2017: Promise Academy isrankeda Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Promise Academy is a Bold Performance Winner by EmpowerK12.