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D.C. releases new boundaries proposal

June 13, 2014

District of Columbia officials have released a proposal that would change school boundaries and feeder patterns.  The proposal comes after months of work by the Deputy Mayor of Education and an Advisory Committee of parents, community members, and other experts (click here to see the ...

Envision @Eastern Spring 2014 College Tour

May 13, 2014

Envision @Eastern is the evening academy program at Eastern Senior High School, launched with the financial support of Companies for Causes. Currently in its flagship year, students enrolled in the program take classes from 1:00PM to 6:30 PM to accommodate students who ...

The Identity Project

May 7, 2014

William tells us his house smells like his mom’s lipstick. His home is like a soft woolly sheep.  If Silvia could be a part of the sky, she would be a wishing star because she wants to ...

The Quiet Revolution in D.C. Schools

May 1, 2014

Is it possible that Washington, D.C. is becoming a leading national laboratory for our collective efforts to reimagine public education for a changing world? Three years ago - when I spent the entire school year embedded in two area schools, and followed two parents as they ...

Nation’s graduation rate reaches 80%; D.C. lags behind

April 29, 2014

Earlier this week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that the country has reached its highest graduation rate in history, with 80 percent of students receiving a diploma in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available. In the District of Columbia, where Companies for Causes ...


April 24, 2014

Beginning in 2012, Companies for Causes has been working with Eastern Senior High School to provide students work experience through summer “Easternships.” In the first year of the program six of the CforC partners hosted 16 Eastern students. The goal of ...

Register for Career Days

April 23, 2014

We cordially invite you to share your life and career experiences with students at Eastern Senior High School’s Third Annual Career Day on Friday, May 9th from 9:30am-12pm or at Eliot-Hine Middle School’s 1st Career Day ...

D.C. releases school lottery results

March 31, 2014

Today, DC officials released the results from the DC school lottery. More than 17,000 students entered the District's common school lottery which matches families to, for the first time, open seats in both DCPS and the District’s public charter schools. According to the Post’s Emma Brown and ...

Career Days

March 18, 2014

Many students across the District of Columbia have little or no exposure to college and careers. Companies for Causes is working to change this, starting at Eastern High School. Through our All Roads Lead to Eastern project, we have supported college visits for Eastern students and Career Day ...

City Council Passes D.C. Promise Act

March 5, 2014

Today, the Council of the District of Columbia gave final approval to Bill 20-528, The D.C. Promise Establishment Act of 2013. The legislation, if signed by the Mayor, will substantial grants to students who graduate from a school in the District and plan to attend college or ...

DCPS announces $5 million satisfaction initiative; Chancellor’s Budget Address

February 26, 2014

Earlier this week, DCPS announced a $5 million effort to improve student satisfaction. All of the city’s 111 DCPS schools will be eligible to apply for funding. The school proposals will be required to lay out a plan to “make school a more enjoyable place” and ...

DC Council approves DC Promise Act; questions persist

February 10, 2014

Last week, the D.C. Council tentatively approved a plan to help DC high school graduates afford college.  The DC Promise Act could provide District students with as much as $60,000 each to attend college. However, the fate of the legislation is still far from certain.  Delegate Eleanor Holmes ...

New Report Highlights Literacy Gap

January 29, 2014

The District has the nation’s largest gap in reading proficiency when broken down by income levels, according to a new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the District, only 13 ...

A Plan for Middle Schools

January 7, 2014

The transition from middle to high school is a critical point in a student’s academic career. Students entering 9th grade have more autonomy in course selection and they work more independently. And, for the first time, grades count towards internships, college admission and employment.  Unfortunately, across the nation ...

DC has greatest test-score growth of any urban area in America

December 18, 2013

Earlier today, Mayor Vincent Gray and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that D.C. Public Schools posted larger gains on 2013 national math and reading tests than any other major urban school system. Overall, DCPS students grew by five points in 4th-grade reading, eight points in 8th-grade reading, seven ...

Council Committee holds hearing on bill to help students afford college

December 11, 2013

The DC City Council’s Education Committee, today, held a hearing on ‘The D.C. Promise Establishment Act’ which could provide District students with as much as $60,000 each to attend college. Under the D.C. Promise Act, public school students whose parents earn up to twice the federal poverty level ...

DC Unified Enrollment Lottery, Opens Dec 16

December 3, 2013

For the coming school year (2014-15), DCPS and the majority of DC public charter schools will, for the first time, participate in a common lottery. The common lottery is meant to eliminate confusion among parents by creating a single lottery application for DC public schools. Though, it also means ...

DCPS Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Budget Hearing

November 26, 2013

Later this evening, DCPS will be holding its annual budget hearing at Langley ES at 101 T Street, NE.  This public event allows parents, community members and other interested parties to make their voice heard before DCPS begins development of their school year (SY) 2014-15 budgets. At ...

Revisiting School Boundaries

November 13, 2013

On Friday, the City Council’s Committee on Education is weighing-in on the city’s discussion of school boundaries and feeder patterns with a public roundtable on redistricting on Friday (click here to sign-up to testify). This effort comes on the heels of the October ...

DC leads nation in student growth; there is more to do

November 7, 2013

Earlier today, DC officials joined with US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to announce that the District’s fourth- and eighth-graders made significant gains in math and reading on tests administered by the federal government.  The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, ...

Graduation within Reach, Thanks to Envision@Eastern Program

November 1, 2013

With support from a collaborative team of teachers, graduate school interns, and community non-profit organizations, Eastern Senior High School launched a new program this semester for students who have fallen behind in their academic progress.[caption id="attachment_794" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Ricardo O. Neal is parent liaison and director of the ...

Eastern Students Continue to Shine in 2013

June 12, 2013

As the school year winds to a close, we wanted to share some encouraging statistics from Eastern Senior High. Companies for Causes has been working closely with Eastern's staff and students to encourage personal achievement and academic success. Following are some milestones reported from Eastern for the 2013 ...

Professionals Inspire Students During Career Day at Eastern

June 4, 2013

Career Day, May 10th, brought more than 100 professionals to Eastern Senior High School. People from all walks of life shared their inspiring work life stories with students throughout the day. Companies for Causes, Josh Carin, kicked off the day with a breakfast for participants sponsored by his company, ...

Supporting Students Via “Easternships”

April 21, 2013

In the summer of 2012, six of the CforC partners hosted students from Eastern Senior High School as part of an "Easternship" mentorship program. Students spent one day a week with professionals from OPX, Geppetto Catering, Anybill, OmniStudio, TerpSys and Raffa. High school students who passed their classes were eligible for this program and 16 chose to participate. The Easternships varied by company, but students shadowed professionals and learned about developing the skills, attitude and commitment necessary to thrive in today's workplace. They strengthened their communication skills, learned workplace etiquette and developed skills that will help them become leaders for incoming Eastern students.

It’s Official: Eastern SHS is DC’s newest IB School

April 12, 2013

After a rigorous three-year application process, Eastern Senior High is now officially an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Next year, Eastern will offer  The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for 11th graders.  With the certification, Eastern becomes the second DC public high school to achieve IB status, ...

Meet the Principal: Rachel Skerritt of Eastern Senior High School

February 21, 2013

To get a sense of the tremendous excitement about the progress being made at DC's Eastern High School, take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video produced by DC Public Schools. Meet Principal Rachel Skerritt and learn why she left her dream job as Chief of ...

Eastern Makes Great Progress on Literacy

February 8, 2013

Companies for Causes provided all the books and bookcases Eastern Senior High School requested last year to establish classroom libraries. This was part of our effort to support Eastern's goal of improving literacy levels among all of their students. The school realized they needed to provide books for every student - and books that students would be interested in reading. That's where CforC stepped in.

Letter of Support for CforC’s Work with Eastern

November 27, 2012

In October, Companies for Causes received a wonderful letter of support from our closest community partner, the principal at Eastern Senior High School, Rachel Skerritt.

CforC Hosted Luncheon to Celebrate this Summer’s Easternship Participants

August 23, 2012

Companies for Causes hosted a luncheon in August to commemorate the students and employees who participated during our first Easternships program this summer. Several CforC companies welcomed 15 students from Eastern Senior High School into their offices this summer to give them a peak at some career opportunities and some job skills training.

CforC Fights for Ward 6 Schools

April 17, 2012

Companies for Causes CEOs sent the following letter to D.C.'s mayor, city council members and school chancellor in support of the schools in Ward 6, including Eastern Senior High School. Check out our the letter below and send your own to have your voice heard! Dear Mayor, City Council ...

Companies for Causes Delivers on First Promise of Support for Literacy Program at Washington, D.C.’s Eastern Senior High School

December 12, 2011

Students at Washington’s newly-renovated Eastern Senior High School received an early Christmas gift on November 28th with the delivery of almost 1,000 new books for their individual classroom libraries. Before year end, they will receive a second installment of books as well as custom bookshelves for their classrooms. ...