in the Community: Fall 2020

Happy Fall! September and October, much like the former half of the year, has been a learning experience for the entire DC community. It was full of academic highlights and around the community. Perhaps the most exciting news, last month was DC Lead Academy being the fourth DC school to be named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon school.

Also, members of our team and family are coming up with more creative and safe ways to maximize learning and other opportunities for academic growth during remote learning. We are looking forward to an exciting Fall!

Nathan Woods
Associate Director of Advocacy

DC Lead Academy Named 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

We’re proud to celebrate DC Lead Academy on being named a 2020 National Blue-Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education! Lead Academy is DC’s fourth recipient of this national honor following KEY Academy in 2007, Promise Academy in 2018, and Heights Academy in 2019. This year, DC Lead Academy is one of only three DC public school to receive this distinction.

This is a tremendous achievement for students, families, staff, and the Ward 6 community. Read more.

Remote Learning + Wednesday Workshop

September was our first full month of remote learning for school year 2020-21 and we are excited about all of the work that our students, teachers, staff, and families have done to support distance learning and ensure that our students are receiving the best education under the current circumstances.

Also, this month we launched a hybrid program designed to provide in-person and safe supplemental academic support for students who have been learning remotely since mid-March. About 255 families have opted into this weekly one-day-a-week program. .


Everyone at DC is gearing up for one of the most consequential elections in generations. We want to support our staff and families by providing them with the time they need to vote, thus DC will close in observance of Election Day on Tuesday, November 3. As we move towards November, it’s more important than ever to constantly remind our students, teachers, families and communities that their voice matter.

I challenge you all to commit to voting yourselves. Encourage someone—a neighbor, a friend, a relative—to do the same.Please be sure to also visit the following links for information on polling places around the DMV area and instructions on how to cast an absentee ballot:

Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Russell

DC alumna and founder and CEO of , Alexis Russell is using her platform highlight inequities in her community and around the country through her art.

Alexis earned a Women in Entrepreneurship Certificate from Cornell University, studied sociology, anthropology, and psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology for four years. The Museum of You is her latest project with an expected official launch in late 2021. The purpose is to capture everyday people’s stories and amplify their voices, stories, and experiences. We are proud of Alexis and all of our DC alumni who are working every day to making their community and the world a better place.

Posted on October 20, 2020 in Community