Situated in Washington DC’s Anacostia section, Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) serves grades 9-12. Started in 2001, the school takes law as its central organizing premise. Through its curriculum, enrichment programs and volunteer pool of attorneys, the school leaders endeavor to build a lasting appreciation of justice and human rights. A more concrete goal is to foster academic achievement.

It might have taken ten-hour school days and Saturday classes to get there, but among the city’s open enrollment high schools, TMA is number one in math and number two in reading. Add to this 100 percent college acceptance for five years straight and there is no doubt that students are receiving a solid education.

And whereas many institutions consider their job done once they’ve handed out diplomas, TMA maintains contact with alumni and allocates small grants to cover emergency expenses that might otherwise derail college pursuits.

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