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“When I first came to Chavez, math was one of my top struggles. I wasn’t quite sure if I’d ever make it to the next grade level when it came to math. However, RISE-DC tutors helped me to understand math on a broader level, and I will be graduating in June and attending my dream college.”

Brianne, a Chavez student who graduated in 2011

Latest News from RISE-DC

‟It’s Kind of Surreal … Going to College”

Those words were uttered by one of our seniors at Anacostia who will be starting at North Carolina A&T next month. He and several other of the MATHletes we have worked with for four years are off to an amazing voyage, much of which is chronicled in my blog. Starting this weekend, I get to help deliver MATHletes to Langston University in Oklahoma, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T, and South Carolina State University. I can’t think of an activity that will give me more satisfaction.

Summer Algebra II Class Winds Down

District of Columbia Public Schools gave permission for RISE-DC to conduct a class for aspiring rising juniors this summer that will enable these scholars to take pre-calculus as juniors and AP calculus or statistics as seniors. As a result, approximately eight students will be able to advance to such a stage, a routine privilege for those in Northwest DC and the suburbs but a rare achievement for those who reside East of the river.

RISE-DC: Why We Can’t “Stay in Our Lane”

Every now and then someone who does not know us well will advise us to “stay in our lane.” Most recently these words came from a coach at Anacostia High School. You can read more about it here in my blog, but suffice to say that if we had always stayed in our lane, RISE-DC never would have been founded.

Another “lane changer” we admire is Irasema Salcido, who founded the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in 1997. Ms. Salcido was a college “first timer,” having grown up in the fields of California, and a recent winner of “Washingtonian of the Year.” The Chavez Schools are now comprised of four schools on three campuses, and RICH has been working with Chavez students at the Capitol Hill campus since 2003. If Ms. Salcido had stayed in her lane, she never would have gone to college.

City Fund Gives RISE-DC Its Highest Award Ever

RISE-DC is proud to announce that the City Fund, which is investing $15 million in new taxpayer dollars "to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents," has awarded RISE-DC $56,000 to support its programs. The fund "supports effective nonprofits that provide critical services across the city," according to The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, which administers the fund. RISE-DC would also like to publicly acknowledge the Luther I. Replogle Foundation for its many years of support. The foundation has funded RISE-DC since 2005, longer than anyone.

College Prep Winds Down and Gears Up

Pictured is a group of eleventh graders from Anacostia High School visiting the University of Florida. The group traveled to colleges in southern states during the first week of April as part of RISE-DC’s College Prep program. The students recently met their college mentors for the first time and are in the middle of a three-month SAT prep class. Last year’s group has been accepted to the following colleges they visited: North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, and North Carolina-Central. College acceptance letters are still trickling in.