A tuition-free, academically demanding, private middle school (grades 4-8), WJA is all about improving the odds for low-income, underserved boys. Of nearly 300 alumni, 99% are enrolled in or have graduated from high school. And while only 17% of low-income minority students in DC go on to enroll in college, over 70% of WJA alumni do. How does it happen? WJA is a one-stop shop that integrates character education, health and nutrition, counseling services, and mentoring into an 11-hour school day, along with a five-week Summer Enrichment Program. Students play after-school sports, attend evening study hall, eat three nutritious meals with their classmates, and meet with a teacher-mentor each day to discuss challenges and triumphs. In the short term, WJA prepares every student for DCs college preparatory schools; in the long-term, it supports them through the high school and undergraduate years ... on the road to college graduation.

COVID-19 Update: WJA has distributed Chromebooks and facilitated internet access, addressed food insecurity, and provided school supplies for at-home learning. New 4th and 5th graders may come to campus twice weekly and a small group of 6th 8th graders learn virtually on campus where they also get extra support from staff. For most, a successful remote curriculum continues, with additional assistance for students in need. WJA maintains its connection with graduates, offering support and guidance as they too navigate significant changes to their daily lives.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

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

Schools They Work In: Washington Jesuit Academy


  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   100 students
  • College retention rate of our students:   75%
  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of our students:   99%

Awards & Recognition

Accreditation through the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, January 2010.

Inclusion in the Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2008-2009.

Press

Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for Washington Jesuit Academy is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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