Local Sixth-Graders From Ward 7 Get Early College Experience
March 26, 2014 – About 100 sixth-graders from two schools located in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7 visited Georgetown’s campus today for a daylong college immersion experience.
During the university’s annual Kids2College Shadow Day, students from John Philip Sousa Middle School and Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy listened to lectures on early college awareness, academic skills for college success and career opportunities as they got acquainted with Georgetown’s campus and faculty.
The middle-schoolers toured campus, ate lunch in the university's dining hall, visited residence halls and had classroom experiences with professors.
Students from Ronald H. Brown Middle School used to participate in annual Shadow Day activities, but the school was among a number of D.C. public schools to close its doors last year.
“In the changing landscape of resources in public education across the District of Columbia, Ward 7 was deeply affected by the school closures,” said Charlene Brown-McKenzie, director of the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA). “In the national campaign to support first-generation students, Georgetown’s end goal is to create a college-going culture in underserved communities across the city.”
Shadow Day marks the conclusion of the six-week Kids2College program, but not the end of Georgetown’s work with the students. The sixth-graders are invited to apply for Georgetown’s other pre-college program, the Institute for College Preparation, which works with students in grades 7-12.
“This is a rewarding experience that allows our middle school students to plan toward their future,” said Tiffany Starke, a sixth-grade teacher at Sousa Middle School.