Academics

Richard Wright Public Charter School has adopted the Boston Latin School framework for grades 8-12 in the classical tradition and aligned the curriculum to National Common Core Standards and DCPS Learning Standards where applicable. The Boston Latin Model has proven to be successful for well over 300 years. RWPCS will review its curriculum annually to ensure adherence to state and federal academic goals, and to incorporate best practices from education research.

DAY OF OPERATIONS AND CLASSES

RWPCS weekly business operations will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school year will align with DC Public Schools (DCPS) for holidays. We will follow a two-semester school year divided into quarters. The total academic year will include at least 190 days of instruction. The school day for students will be 8:00am-4:30pm.

Students may arrive no earlier than 7:45am. Arrival to school after 8:05am will be deemed “Tardy for School”. After breakfast, the student body teachers and staff will gather for “Family Matters”, a 10-minute period about classroom and school goals, and expectations of character and behavior. Student and staff “shout-outs” will occur at this time as well.

Roxie, Mississippi was the birthplace of Richard Wright. Students will use the “Roxie” period to reflect on the day’s goals and expectations. All students will attend mandatory academic camps for all core subjects. Struggling students will attend mandatory “Saturday Academy” for supplemental instruction and review.

Students will be required to participate in the after school Journalism and Media Arts Workshops daily from 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m. These workshops will develop school culture and offer opportunities for students to explore interests in areas outside of the classroom.

Days will be scheduled “A” and “B” to designate alternating scheduled class days for students to receive instruction. Snippets of poetry, literature or musical selections will signal class period changes.