Dorothy I Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools


Keeping up in Summer

Did you know that students can lose up to 2 ˝ months of what they learned in school during the summer break? That's hard enough on students who are performing at grade level, but for those who are already behind it can spell disaster. To give our students the best chance of success in their new grade, CAPCS is offering a free summer school program for children in grades K-8th from July 5 – 29 at the Amos 1 campus. Summer school hours are from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 – 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. The focus will be increasing students' skills in literacy, writing and math. Summer school is open to everyone, but it's a must for students who are not performing at grade level.

A fee-based summer camp operated by Champions® will be held in the afternoon for those attending the morning session. Hours are 12:30 - 6 p.m. Summer camp activities are both fun and education and include things of interest to children such as creative arts, sports, crafts, etc. The cost is $109 per week and vouchers will be accepted.

For further information or to enroll your child in summer school, contact the Academy Leader of your campus. For further information on summer camp or to enroll, contact Jim Tracey of Champions at 202-436-5711 or

Tennis Anyone?

CAPCS has partnered with the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) to offer two 1-hour tennis classes every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from July 5 – 29 at the tennis courts directly opposite Amos 1. The "Parent & Me" class will be held from 1 – 2 p.m. for parents and children enrolled in pre-school through 1st grade. Children learn agility, coordination and ball handling skills. The "Tennis All Stars" class will be held from 2 – 3 p.m. for children in 2nd through 5th grades. This class develops hand-eye coordination and balance using a variety of tennis training techniques. Classes are open to all skill levels and are free to CAPCS parents and students. JTCC will provide the coaching, rackets, balls, and other supplies. Contact Wesley Harvey at or 202-545-1268 with questions.

Click here for an enrollment form which should be returned to your campus office manager as soon as possible.

CAPCS Competes in Math Olympiad

Eight students from Amos 1 competed in this year's Math Olympiad, joining 150,000 others from around the world. Our Mathletes trained for the Math Olympiad one hour a week beginning in September under the supervision of Tamyka Morant, CAPCS Mathematics Instructional Coach. Between November and March, the Mathletes participated in monthly contests of five problems each, as well as weekly practice sessions. All CAPCS students did well and five won national awards for excellence within Division E for grades 4-6. Camille S. and Gregory H. received the silver pin for scoring in the top 10%; along with Camille and Gregory, Raven B. ad Aiyana E. received the embroidered patch for scoring in the top 50%. Jabari A. received the remarkable improvement certificate for showing the most improvement in their commitment to Mathletes and achievement on the Math Olympiad. Congratulations to all the Amos 1 Mathletes for their dedication and achievement.

Ms. Thomas Named Outstanding Parent

Congratulations to Ms. Sharon Thomas who was named Outstanding Parent of the Year by the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools (DCACPS) at the first annual STARS Tribute event held on May 12 in our Eckstine-Ellington Theatre.  Ms. Thomas is a middle school parent who also serves on the CAPCS Board of Trustees.  She contributes to our middle school and to CAPCS as a whole in a variety of ways and we are pleased to see she received the recognition she deserves.  The Tribute, which drew several hundred representatives from DCACPS charter school members, recognizes the outstanding work of charter school students, staff and families in a number of categories.  Amos 2 Academy Leader Tanya Morgan was nominated for the Outstanding Principal of the Year award

Sadia White Named CAO

Sadia White has been named the new Chief Academic Officer for CAPCS. She will be responsible for academic policy, content, instruction and student performance at all campuses. This marks Ms. White's return to CAPCS where she served as Chief of Schools for the 2007-2008 school year. Since then she has worked with the Superintendent of Newark (NJ) Public Schools, first as Chief of Staff and then as Chief Academic Officer. Her school reform efforts yielded significant improvement in both language arts literacy and mathematics. Between 1995 and 2007, Ms. White held a number of positions with DC Public Schools, including school principal and Regional Superintendent, Region 1. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of the District of Columbia and a B.S. from DC Teachers' College. CAPCS is delighted to welcome back Ms. White and offer our full support when she assumes her position in June.

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