It Takes a Neighborhood: Why Amidon-Bowen Is the Right School for All Our Kids

As an education researcher and a former teacher, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the plight of urban schools and their challenges with poverty, student achievement, and teacher quality and turnover. Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Southwest faces many of these issues: Test scores are low, and 78% of students qualify for free […]

Scholarship Awards Double from Last Year

Photo caption: Scholarship students (first row, left to right): Kiana Livingston, Bianca Kersellius, Haili Blassingame, Sequoia Lucas, and Najma Pettiford. (Second row, left to right): Tiffany Livingston, Roman Hamilton, Gary T. Hill, Tsahai Pettiford, and Attalah Shabazz. Not pictured: Asha Marshall and Marlon Mitchell.   Photo caption: Sequoia Lucas with some of her art. Photo caption: Tsahai Pettiford explains […]

Computer-for-Kids Graduation

photo caption: (Front row, left-to-right) Stevon Benson, Jamera Herndon, Miracle Matthews, Ravon Benson. (Second row, left-to-right) Deron Hawkins, Thelma Jones, Jade Herndon and Enoch Long. Mr. Long was featured speaker and is an expert on Cybersecurity.  He is a former Southwester and was a past recipient of scholarships from the SouthwestNeighborhood Assembly. Photo courtesy of Perry […]

Why SW Families Are Choosing Neighborhood Schools

  Photo caption: The Sprafkin family. Families in Southwest and across the District enjoy a wide array of options when choosing a school for their children. There are private schools, charter schools, and public schools in other quadrants. Then there is the neighborhood school, sometimes considered a last resort for families striving to find the […]

News from Waterfront Academy

Hispanic Heritage The students of Waterfront Academy walked to the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater on the National Mall, had a picnic on the grass, and then enjoyed the show “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres” to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres” is a bilingual children’s music show that celebrates Latin culture. Waterfront Academy is […]