3600 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Jennifer C. Niles – Founder & Head of School
T: (202) 667-4446
F: (202) 667-8811
What We Stand For:
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School was founded in 2004 and has a program based on nationally recognized best practices for advancing student achievement. E.L. Haynes’ mission is that every E.L. Haynes student of every race, socioeconomic status, and home language will reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice. E.L. Haynes is moving steadily toward achieving this mission; in 2009, 80% of students scored proficient or advanced in math on the DC-CAS and 66% scored proficient or advanced in reading. The school boasts outstanding three-year gains of 50 percentage points in math and 26 percentage points in reading.
In 2010-2011, E.L. Haynes serves 600 students in grades pre-school through 8 and will grow, adding a grade each year, until it serves students in grades pre-school through 12. The school is the first year-round public school in Washington, DC and is named for Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics, a teacher in the District of Columbia’s school system for 47 years, and the first woman to serve as President of the District of Columbia Board of Education. In April 2008, E.L. Haynes was chosen from DC’s 56 charter schools as the winner of Fight for Children’s first-ever Quality Schools Initiative Award. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, E.L. Haynes was named a Silver Award winning school in through New Leaders for New Schools’ Effective Practice grant program, ranking as a top school among a consortium of 144 charter schools nationwide.
Three principles define who we are at E.L. Haynes:
* Integrity.We accept nothing less than the best. We maintain high expectations for our entire school community. We cultivate an ethic of service, responsibility, participation and respect. We keep our promises.
* Determination. We never give up. We are relentless in the pursuit of our mission to ensure the success of every student.
* Achievement. We get results. We hold ourselves and our students accountable to the highest levels of academic achievement.
E.L. Haynes’ educational philosophy is to adopt and adapt proven programs and strategies to drive student achievement. Our program of effective practices, coupled with a strong culture of accountability and a focus on results, ensure the success of every student.
Key facets of our program include:
* An outstanding teacher for every student, every year. E.L. Haynes has a rigorous hiring process and only engages the very best teachers. Additionally, we are a professional learning community and our teachers continuously engage in a wide variety of job-embedded professional development opportunities targeted to their specific areas for support and growth. In order to ensure the availability of the highest quality teachers, we develop new exceptional teaching talent through our Teaching Associates Program.
* Extensive educational programming outside of school hours. In addition to the mandated 1,200 hours of education that every DC student receives, E.L. Haynes students have access to an additional 1,000 education and enrichment hours through our before-school, after-school, and Intersession programs. Every student who qualifies for free or reduced price lunch can attend these programs free of charge.
* A data-driven program. Through ongoing student assessments and carefully-developed systems, E.L. Haynes tracks and promotes growth for every one of our students. Because of our rigorous attention to data and our “data into action” approach, we can ensure that every student succeeds and will be ready to attend the college of his or her choice upon graduation from E.L. Haynes.
* E.L. Haynes is the second highest performing charter elementary school in Washington, DC
overall, based on scores from the 2010 DC-CAS.
* E.L. Haynes made outstanding scores on the 2010 DC-CAS. In math, 69% of E.L. Haynes
students scored proficient or advanced. In reading, 67% of students scored proficient or
* E.L. Haynes’ oldest students, who were 7th graders in 2009-2010, posted scores of 86%
proficient or above in math; more than 40% of the class scored advanced.
* In the last four years, E.L. Haynes has made extraordinary gains of 39 percentage points in
math proficiency and 27 percentage points in reading proficiency, substantially exceeding
DCPS’s three-year gains of 16 percentage points in math and 7 percentage points in reading.
* For the third year in a row, E.L. Haynes was named the recipient of a Silver-Gain Award through
New Leaders for New Schools’ Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) grant program.
The award, given in recognition of outstanding student achievement gains in 2009, ranked E.L.
Haynes in the top of a consortium of more than 150 charter schools nationwide. Two E.L.
Haynes teachers – Andrea Smith (6th grade math) and Kate Linneman (6th grade literacy) were
given Spotlight Awards for the outstanding gains of their students.
* In April 2010, E.L. Haynes Fifth Grade Science Teacher Nate Franz was named the Washington
Post’s Agnes E. Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year for DC charter schools.
* In April 2008, E.L. Haynes chosen from DC’s 56 charter schools as the first-ever winner of Fight
for Children’s Quality Schools Initiative Award.
* In January 2010, E.L. Haynes 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students presented two outstanding
performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.