The George Washington University (DC) – First Star Greater Washington Academy

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Brian Ritchey: britchey@fsgwacademy.org

First Star Greater Washington Academy

The First Star Greater Washington Academy helps up to thirty foster youth graduate high school, enter college and graduate.  The Academy provides very intense programming and complete wrap around services to ensure students have the skills to graduate high school, enter college and ultimately graduate college.  This intensive program, which includes a 4 week residential component on the campus of the George Washington University is both expensive and time consuming.

Results to Date

High School Graduation

  • 100% high school graduation for Academy youth
    DC foster youth graduation rate is 40%
  • 100% college enrollment for Academy youth
    DC foster youth college enrollment rate is 10%

College Readiness

  • All students have an active college transcript from GWU. The credits earned are for actual college level classes taught by University professors, giving each youth a preview of the rigor of typical college courses.
  • Improved academics, reading comprehension, memory and speed, improved psycho social targets, improved stability and improved matriculation.
  • Reading Plus is a web-based reading intervention program that develops and improves silent reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. The grade levels reflected in the student progress below are based on the Common Core Curriculum and substantiated by classroom teacher feedback.
    • 2014-2015 – Average increase in reading comprehension was3 grade levels
    • 2014-2015 – Average increase in reading comprehension was 8 grade levels

Youth in the Academy learn 100 new SAT level vocabulary words every summer, which is reinforced during the school year. Researcher Steven A. Stahl reported that for average students, those who only learn a minimum of 1,000 new words a year, a gain of even 10 percent is educationally significant, especially if it is repeated every year.  Low-income students lose more than 2 months in reading achievement over the summer months and that loss is cumulative, widening over time. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students can be explained by unequal access to summer learning.

Director’s Blog – May, 2016

At our May monthly meeting, the First Star Greater Washington Academy learned about the importance [...]

June 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, FSGWA|

Director’s Blog – April, 2016

Sometimes you just need to have some fun!  For FSGWA’s April monthly meeting we all [...]

May 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog, FSGWA|

Director’s Blog – March 2016

At our March meeting, the Academy learned about the importance of first impressions.  First impressions [...]

April 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, FSGWA|

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