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October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016 Newsletter

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DCSRN to Film First-Ever High School Virtual School Tour at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School

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DCSRN is thrilled to announce an upcoming Virtual School Tour of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School! Thurgood Marshall Academy is a college-preparatory public charter high school located in ward 8’s historic Anacostia neighborhood. Opened in 2001, Thurgood Marshall Academy prepares students to succeed in college and instills in students an understanding of democracy and advocacy for themselves and for others. As DCSRN has evolved the High Quality School Campaign, the demand for support and information on the high school application process has grown every year. This year, DCSRN made a commitment to expand the Virtual School Tour library to feature high schools. To that end, DCSRN has formed a partnership with Thurgood Marshall Academy, which will be the pilot school for the first ever High School Virtual School Tour!

Filming of the Virtual School Tour will take place this fall, and the videos will be available online in late winter. DCSRN is very excited to take this first step to expand the HQSC to support prospective high school students, and will continue to develop resources for high school application support in the coming months.

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DCSRN Expands HQSC to Serve More Families than Ever Before!

Thanks in part to a generous programmatic grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, DCSRN is expanding the High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC) to serve families representing twice as many students as before. The expansion has begun in earnest this month, with the recruitment of a large pool of new parent advocates.

Parent advocates will be trained in the coming months to assist families in understanding what determines school quality, finding the quality schools that are the best fit for their children, filling out the school choice application, and staying on top of crucial submission and enrollment deadlines. Not only will they support the new families that DCSRN will serve, they will also follow up with families who participated in the HQSC during previous years to check on their enrollment status and offer further support if needed.

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Support the Expanded HQSC!

As the HQSC expansion ramps up this month, DCSRN needs your support more than ever before! Please consider making a contribution to give DCSRN the needed resources to successfully manage the expansion. While support from foundations and private donors have enabled DCSRN to reach more families every year, demographic data obtained from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and data from My School DC demonstrates that there is still a large population of families in Wards 7 and 8 who are not yet utilizing the DC school choice application process to access high quality schools. With your help, DCSRN will be able to connect those families to the information, resources, and support they need to access the best possible quality public educations for their children.

Please consider supporting the expansion of vital HQSC services this fall. Click here to make a gift!

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