In Washington’s Anacostia neighborhood the high school graduation rate is only 50%, while rates for poverty, crime, and teen pregnancy are the highest in the city. The Washington School for Girls is committed to meeting the community's needs – and to transforming the lives of girls in its care. The approach is holistic and personal: class sizes are small and encourage interaction between students and teachers; after-school tutoring, and clubs with partners like Washington Ballet, Levine Music, ArtReach, and others, provide enrichment opportunities not otherwise available; a summer camp prevents learning loss and keeps girls safe and engaged. Counseling services help those in need and families are an integral part of the picture. The Graduate Support Program mentors students as they transition to high school, college, and beyond. The only tuition-free, independent, private Catholic school for elementary and middle school girls in DC, WSG’s students have a 98% graduation rate and an 80% post-secondary and college enrollment rate. This exceptional school makes a world of difference in young women’s lives. You can too.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Anacostia; Shipley Terrace

Age Groups Served: Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 100%

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Students

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 95746

United Way Agency Number: 8710

Awards & Recognition

In addition to being selected to be part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy multiple times, WSG has recently been given the following awards:

2012- Received Accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

2009 - Fight For Children's Quality Schools Initiative Award

2009 - Washington Area Women's Foundation Leadership Award


  • "No Excuses"
    Tue Dec 1 2009, Washingtonian Magazine  
    Sister Mary is proving that almost every girl can achieve if given a chance and pushed.

  • Turnaround Starts With Students
    Sun May 25 2008, The Washington Post  
    Sister Mary and the faculty at Washington Middle insist that their girls perform at a high level...

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Budget (FY2014)

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About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $29 million for charities across Greater Washington.

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