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3015 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
The idea for Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) was born in 2013 with a vision to build a high school with technology at its core that prepares young people for lives of public leadership.
Inspired by the potential of new digital tools to help level the playing field for disenfranchised students, the WLA founding team developed a proposal for a high school that would personalize instruction for students. The hope was not to “reform” the high school experience, but instead to redesign it from the ground up.
In August of this year, WLA welcomed its inaugural class of 9th graders. WLA is an open-enrollment public charter high school located in Ward 5. There are currently 110 9th grade students enrolled, with plans to grow to a student body of 400 students in grades 9–12 by 2019.