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October 16 -
October 20, 2017
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
3101 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

CHEC MISSION 2017-2018
(Updated August 14, 2017)

All students who graduate from our Dual Language Immersion Early College Campus will be prepared to succeed in college and civic life as leaders in the quest for social justice. We develop intellectually curious scholars who are articulate communicators in two languages, critical thinkers and consumers, cultural ambassadors, and contributing community members. We focus on socio-emotional learning as a key part of the instructional program, and our students demonstrate perseverance, ethics and character in the pursuit of excellence. Restorative practices are the foundation of our school climate, as we enhance relationships and build community. As lifelong learners in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, we foster a growth mindset through which teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members all collaborate to achieve goals. We trust one another to continually improve our practice.

This week we are focusing on our Advanced Placement for All  Focus area of our CSP. The SMART Goal we have as a school for this area is:

  • Increase the schoolwide passing rate on Advanced Placement to 28% overall, up from 23.8% in 2017.  Increase English, Math, and Science passing rates by at least 15%.
  • Increase the number of students in 9th and 10th grade taking Advanced Placement courses.

As you know, last year we made slight growth overall in AP results, with the highest percentage of passing scores in AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature. Other subject areas passing rates were lower.  While passing rates are important for students’ acquiring college credit before they enter college, there is also research that indicates that exposure to the rigorous AP curriculum increases student acceptance to, and success in college, particularly in the crucial freshman year. This is the foundation of our AP for All approach and responds directly to our mission to “prepare 100% of our students to succeed in college and as leaders in the quest for social justice.”  

Our primary  CSP strategy designed to promote the improvement of AP scores, is to plan for vertical alignment to AP Rigor from grades six through twelve.  In our curriculum design early release day, all departments tuned GRASPS for rigor and alignment to the AP in their content area.  This vertical alignment process will continue throughout the year in all curriculum design sessions.  As each grade level identifies areas where it can introduce the rigor of Advanced Placement, in terms of GRASPS, in class assignments and assessments, and homework assignments, we will see students becoming more and more prepared as they progress through the curriculum.

This week we are administering AP aligned interims, and will shortly have data to be used in action planning.  In addition, our AP for All Saturday Academy was launched last Saturday, and will be available every Saturday for all AP Scholars.  In November, all Advanced Placement Teachers will attend Professional Development.

With the focus and teamwork of our outstanding CHEC team of educators, we look forward to reaching our AP SMART Goals.


  • Shout out to Mr. Jones, Ms. Ermis, Mr. Talarico, and Ms. Tamdem for launching our Saturday AP Academy this past Saturday!!
  • Shout out to all counsellors, admin and teachers for a highly successful PSAT/SAT day!! We had 94% attendance and completion!
  • Shout out to the Middle School counselors and teachers for organizing very successful field trips to make sure the building was available for testing
  • Kudos to Pankaj and the Ops and SERT teams for a successful Fire Drill last week!
  • Shout out to Ms. Lydia, Mr. Onley, Mr. Navas, Ms. McCulloch, Ms. Buckmon and Mr. Daniels for a great performance of “Chano Lives!” for parents and community on Monday night!
  • Kudos to Ms. Stevenson for taking a group of seniors to visit Cornell this week!
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