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Enrollment season for the 2016-2017 school year is about to begin. Take some time to learn about our many campuses throughout Washington, DC and the programs we have to offer your scholars. Visit our website at www.friendshipschools.org or come to our tables at this year’s DC EDFest on December 12, 2015 from 11am-3pm at the DC Armory.

Friendship Armstrong: Grades PK-5

Principal: Jeffery Scanlon

Address:1400 1st St NW Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-518-3928


Friendship Armstrong offers the Reggio Inspired Center, a child-centered approach to teaching and learning. Our young scholars benefit from innovative, research-based classroom instruction, 21st-centurytechnology, attractive school facilities, and an exceptional team of caring teachers, administrators, and staff.


Friendship Blow Pierce Elementary & Middle: Grades Pre-school to 8th

Lead Principal: Dr. Jeffery Grant

Address: 725 19th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 572-1070


Friendship Blow Pierce Elementary builds on students’ individual strengths and provides the academic and character education necessary for a successful academic career. Students are prepared to be lifelong learners and benefit from innovative, research-based classroom instruction, 21st-centurytechnology, and an exceptional team of educators.


Friendship Blow Pierce Middle provides a Pre-Early College curriculum exposing students to accelerated courses. These classes prepare students to take Early College courses for up to two semesters’ worth of college credit at no cost when they attend Friendship Collegiate Academy, our college-preparatory high school.


Friendship Chamberlain Elementary & Middle: Grades Pre-school to 8th

Lead Principal: Morrise Harbour

Address: 1345 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

Phone: (202) 547-5800


Friendship Chamberlain Elementary focuses on exploration, character development, and hands-on learning along with foundational academic skills. Students are prepared to be lifelong learners and benefit from innovative, research-based classroom instruction, 21st-centurytechnology, and an exceptional team of educators.


Friendship Chamberlain Middle builds on exploration, character development, and foundational academic skills from elementary school to ensure preparation for high school, college focused and beyond. Students benefit from innovative, research-based classroom instruction, 21st-centurytechnology, and an exceptional team of educators.


Friendship Collegiate Academy: Grades 9th to 12th

Lead Principal: Dwan Jordon

Address: 4095 Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019

Phone: (202) 396-5500


Friendship Collegiate Academy is a college preparatory high school. Students benefit from Advanced Placement and Honors courses, as well as Career Academy courses that provide pathways in technology, science, engineering, law, and communication arts. Collegiate has a high graduation and college acceptance rates.


Friendship Southeast Elementary Academy: Grades Pre-school to 5th

Principal: Joseph Speight

Address: 645 Milwaukee Place SE, Washington, DC 20032

Phone: (202) 562-1980


Friendship Southeast Elementary Academy sets students on the path to academic excellence. Through high-quality academic instruction in a learning community, students benefit from innovative, research-based classroom instruction, 21st-century technology, and an exceptional team of caring educators.


Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy: Grades 6th to 12th

High School Principal: Doranna Tindle

Middle School Principal: Patrick Pope

Address: 2705 Martin Luther King Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032

Phone: (202) 552-5700


Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy is a college preparatory middle and high school. Students benefit from Advanced Placement and Honors courses, as well as Career Academy courses that provide pathways in technology, science, engineering, law, and communication arts. Tech Prep has a high graduation and college acceptance rates.


Friendship Woodridge International Elementary & Middle: Grades Pre-school to 8th

Lead Principal: Rictor Craig

Address: 2959 Carlton Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20018

Phone: (202) 635-6500


Friendship Woodridge International Elementary focuses on creating an International Baccalaureate experience. We provide scholars with educational experiences for their futures to prepare as global citizens. Woodridge offers students opportunities to explore world cultures while building foundational skills to attend and complete college and beyond.


Friendship Woodridge International Middle focuses on creating an International Baccalaureate experience. We provide scholars with educational experiences for their futures to prepare as global citizens. Woodridge offers students opportunities to explore world cultures while building foundational skills to attend and complete college and beyond.


Friendship Online: Grades kindergarten – 8th

Address: 1351 Nicholson Street NW, Washington, DC 20011

Phone: (866) 339- 8742

Website: http://fpcso.k12.com/


Friendship Online provides individualized learning approaches for students to succeed–in school and beyond. The key to our online school is the combination of individualized learning and flexible scheduling, delivered through individualized curriculum, experienced certified teachers, online planning and assessment tools, and supportive school community.


Should Lowest-Performing D.C. Public Schools Become Charters?

In a recent article in the Washington Post, reporter Michael Alison Chandler shared a policy report by Progressive Policy Institute. The report focuses on public schools becoming a charters as a strategy to change low-performing schools to high-performers. (see article and report links below)

If Chancellor Kaya Henderson has her way, she would like charters to be the tool to turn around low-performing D.C. public schools. Charters have autonomy to create programs to meet students’ needs and make adjustments as need to produce successful scholars.

“If the chancellor would like to have more flexibility, it does not mean that all of a sudden schools will become charter schools, nor should they,” said. D.C. Council member David Grosso, chairman of the education committee.

Share your thoughts.




Friendship says “Hola” from Costa Rica


This trip to Costa Rica was a truly amazing experience.  Spending all this time outside of school with students in a foreign country where you are learning together is invaluable.  Two things really stood out to me.  First, our students truly were selfless in their service learning project at the local school.  They stepped up and showed me a side that we don’t get to see inside the school building.  They understood the need that was conveyed to us and dedicated hours of their time to assist in landscaping to deal with a mosquito problem and build a fence to secure the area around the school. Their attitude, their conversations, their work ethic –  all were focused on the task at hand which was to help this group of students in need.   It was special to witness the switch.  They understood this time was not about them, but a little bit of their time and hard work could mean so much more to someone in need.

The second thing that stood out was the students stepping out of their comfort zone.  They tried new foods, drinks, and even speaking in Spanish.  True growth takes place once you leave your comfort zone and that is what I saw on this trip – growth in our students.

Finally, as I sit and reflect on this and past school years along with this trip, I think it is evident that we need to continue to have high expectations for our students and provide them with opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom.  No lesson or text book can give them what they just experienced on this week long excursion to Costa Rica. If we want to create well rounded, self-sufficient citizens that are life long learners who can think globally and act locally to impact our communities they need experiences such as this as many others that take place out of the classroom.

Derek Gorham, Academy Director – Friendship Chamberlain



The animals were way different from the ones I see in dc. In Costa Rica, you most likely wouldn’t see the same animals everyday. We saw the normal cows, chickens, dogs but we also encountered monkeys, crocodiles, and even a sloth. There were many bugs there. I got scared a lot because the bugs looked like poisonous insects but they don’t harm you. Outside of San Jose, most of the hotels were in the rain forest, so we got to see more animals and try different foods.

Out of this whole trip, I’m gonna miss the travelers, tourists, (some) foods, drinks, and two hotels (they had many memories and fun activities in them). It was really interesting seeing how they lived and how they basically had only what they needed.  I didn’t see things being wasted or any extravagant items.  The people we met were very nice and always made us feel welcome.  I really liked how nice the people were there.  That isn’t always the case here in DC. This was really fun and I hope we can do it again some time in the future.

Aniyah Wallace, 8th Grader



The trip to Costa Rica was a different experience and had an impact on me. San Jose was very nice and it was city like except for it was small. We saw their national theater, their central market (It reminded me of our Eastern Market by Chamberlain) and a fancy hotel where President Kennedy stayed. The other areas we went to weren’t in the city.  We visited the rainforests and the views and scenery were like out of magazines.  The flowers and the fruit trees – The sights were amazing and we even went zip lining which was a fun experience.  We zip lined through the rainforest and over rivers and past mountains.

One of the things that stood out was that we had to help some people in need at a small school only built for 10 children grades K thru 5 with one teacher and one lunch lady. We planted trees and built a fence for the school. I think we made an impact and we even got praised for being the hardest working group there.  That made Mr. Gorham happy! And I was happy to help someone in need.  We should do more of that.

I learned some things about culture like Joe family and education are very important.  They don’t even have an army in Costa Rica – they value education over war. And I learned they don’t sped a lot of money on things we do.  I don’t think I could do that; I like my things. I would love to travel again, but probably not to Costa Rica.

Alana McClellan, 8th Grader Chamberlain



Feb 2- Benjamin Banneker

BHM-BB          Today we celebrate the brilliant scientist and engineer Benjamin Banneker on this second day of Black History Month. Benjamin Banneker was born November 9, 1731 in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. Growing up he was educated by his white grandmother Molly Welsh (on his mother’s side). Banneker loved to learn but because he worked on his family farm, he was forced to leave school in order to assist full time. Banneker’s yearning for knowledge never ceased and because of it he was continuously reading books. By the age of 22, Banneker was able to design and create a wooden clock from memory only after seeing a sundial and a pocket watch. Banneker’s clock kept accurate time and continued to work until it was destroyed in a house fire on the day of his burial. Between the years of 1791 to 1802, Banneker publish six annual publications of the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac and Ephemeris (in twenty-eight editions).

Benjamin Banneker’s most famous contribution was his work in the surveying and design of the District of Columbia. Banneker’s previous work had caught the eye of Thomas Jefferson (frequent admirer and critic of Banneker) and although he was a self-taught surveyor, Jefferson recommended him to assist George Ellicott and Pierre Charles L’Enfant (who were originally hired by George Washington) in the designing of the capital. Around 1789, after L’Enfant quit halfway through the project, Banneker reproduced the complete design from memory, in two days and allowed for the project to continue as planned.

Benjamin Banneker died at the age of 74 in Boston Massachusetts on Sunday, October 9, 1806. His brilliant work helped advance science, technology, astronomy and so much more. Although the status of an African American in the 1700’s could have prevented him from all that he accomplished he strove for excellence, pushing the boundaries of social injustices and paving the way for African American’s in the sciences today.


Today’s information is provided by:






Black History Month Educational Resources

Museums and Memorials  

Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial

1964 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

Website: http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

Newseum (“1965: Civil Rights at 50” Exhibit)

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Website: http://www.newseum.org/exhibits/current/civil-rights-at-50/

DC Public Library

Blank Space Art Exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (all month)

See your local Library for information on other events

Website: http://dclibrary.org/

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum

1925 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Webstite: http://www.afroamcivilwar.org/

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20020

Website: http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20004

Website: http://nmaahc.si.edu/

Anacostia Community Museum 

1901 Fort Place SE Washington, DC 20020

website: http://anacostia.si.edu/ 

Online Educational Resources


Feb 1 – Black History Month Introduction

Hello Friendship Family!

Today starts the beginning of “Black History Month”. During this month, we highlight the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the United States. Black History Month first began in 1915 with the founding of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) by Carter G. Woodson and A.L. Jackson on September 9th. In 1924, the ASNLH, along with other black historians and literary scholars, decided to name the second week in February “Negro History and Literature Week”, which was later renamed “Negro Achievement Week”..  In 1926 “Negro Achievement Week” was expanded to the entire month of February, which led to what we now call “Black History Month”. This month, Friendship PCS will continue the ASNLH legacy by highlighting the achievements of African Americans both past and present.  We will also provide resources and information about “Black History Month” events in our schools and in the District of Columbia. You will find daily “Black History Month” posts here and we hope that by the end of this month you will have learned something new!


Today’s information is provided by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (as it is now known) website. To find out more about the ASALH or Black History Month visit their website www.asalh100.org


Friendship Blow Pierce Takes Part in World Day of Bullying Prevention

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This past Monday was World Day of Bullying Prevention and while some showed solidarity by wearing blue, a group of Blow Pierce students along with principal Dr. Jeffrey Grant participated in Centene, Cenpatico, Children’s National Health System, and Howard University’s No Bully Zone Program close out event. The No Bullying Zone Program aimed to celebrate the first of a three-year national initiative to prevent bullying among school-aged children. The event took place at the Newseum and featured guests such as: Jeremy Riddle, Vice President Clinical Operations for Cenpatico, Dr. Mary Mason, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Centene, Dr.  Joseph Wright, Howard University and Children’s Hospital, Colleen Duewel, National Director of Education for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Author Michelle Bain, Singer/Songwriter Marcus Canty, and Friendship’s own Dr. Jeffrey Grant, Principal of Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy. Some of the activities that students enjoyed included a writing and art panel discussion, a book reading, a musical performance and the unveiling of the Graffiti Wall which traveled to 19 schools across the country. This event however is only one part of a larger awareness campaign during the month of October which is National Bullying Prevention Month. In a press release written by Centene Corporation they state,

“Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in our schools – more than 3.2 million students across America have been impacted by physical, verbal and cyber bullying. As part of its outreach, this national joint initiative, launched during National Anti-bullying Awareness Month in October 2013, has provided education and resources to almost 5,000 students as well as their teachers and parents on how to prevent, identify and appropriately intervene when bullying threatens school-aged children.” (Centene Corporation)

Many organizations such as Stomp Out Bullying and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center also help parents and teachers talk to kids about how to recognize when they or someone else is being bullied, how to step in when they see someone being bullied, and how to become comfortable talking about bullying with adults. They offer stories and plenty of resources for both children and adults and list a host of events happening this month including the opportunity to support Unity Day on October 22nd by wearing orange.

Friendship Blow Pierce, we thank you for taking a stand against bullying!

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