Academics

Following, you will read highlights about the various academic and complementary programs offered at WMST PCHS.


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The International Baccalaurate (IB) Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging two-year program offered to WMST students during their 11th and 12th grade years. This program prepares students for the rigors of university life and beyond. Additionally, IB students must successfully submit a 4,000-word essay, participate in a theory of knowledge course and complete a service project. WMST PCHS is the first public charter school in the District of Columbia to offer the IB students in the IB program. Over the course of two years, students in the IB program take courses from six subject groups - English, Spanish, Biology, Mathematics, History and Information Technology. 

 

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The Advance Placement (AP) Program is a curriculum in the United States and Canada sponsored by the College Board that offers standardized courses that  are generally recognized to be equivalent to undergraduate courses in college. College admission officers look favorably at WMST students who participate in the AP program. Likewise, participating colleges grant credit to WMST students who successfully pass the annual AP examinations. WMST offers 7 of the 34 college-based courses offered by AP (AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government, AP English, AP Language, AP Physics, and AP U.S. History)

 

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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a WMST PCHS program whose mission is to close the student achievement gap by preparing them for college entry and future global success. Even though all students are welcome to participate, AVID focuses on students with low grade point averages who are willing to work hard in their pursuit of college entry. AVID students are extremely capable of completing WMST curriculum, but fall short of their potential for a short period of time. AVID's formula for success is simple-raise the expectation of the students, plus offer the correct support system equals WMST students committing to the challenge. Seventy-four percent of 2010 AVID graduates were accepted to a four-year college or university.

 

PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a leading provider of logically valid and innovative STEM curriculum programs that are used in middle and high schools across the world. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. With many PLTW programs across the country, WMST is proud to offer the high school engineering program called "Pathway To Engineering (PTE)". PTE program participants take four engineering courses, complete a capstone project and pass a national online assessment in order to qualify for PLTW certification, which allows students to qualify for college credit. In 2012, WMST PCHS was named the charter school in Washington, DC with the highest graduation rate.

 

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The Air Force Junior ROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do. At WMST PCHS, the Junior ROTC curriculum emphasizes Air Force traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace polices, and space exploration. In 2012, the WMST Junior ROTC Cadet Corps was recognized as the best when it earned First Place in the local Cadet Corps Drill Competition.

 

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The WMST PCHS Healthy Food Initiative began several years ago through a partnership with Revolution Foods, a company that delivers tasty and healthy meals along with nutrition education to schools across the country. Partnerships like this are key and allow WMST to deliver on our promise of providing all-natural and fresh meals to our students. WMST is one of 54 schools nationwide, and one of two in Washington, DC selected to participate in HealthCorps, a proactive health movement co-founded by heart surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and his wife, Lisa. HealthCorps is dedicated to fighting obesity and getting students to take charge of their health. We have noticed remarkable improvements in our students which include an increased interest in healthy eating!