The César Chávez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy provide a high quality public school option for young people residing in the District of Columbia's most impoverished and underserved communities. The Chávez schools prepare D.C. students to succeed in competitive colleges so that they can use their lives to make a positive difference in the world.
Our Vision for the Future:
* All Chávez alumni will enter and graduate from competitive colleges and universities. Chavez's reputation as a great school leads to a long waiting list at all of our campuses.
* All Chávez alumni, regardless of their profession, will become productive citizens making positive contributions in their families, their jobs, their communities and in the world.
* Chávez is known nationally as the preeminent school for public policy. Elected officials, community organizers and the media seek out Chávez scholars when they are looking for an informed student voice on public policy issues.
All employees embody our four Chávez Values.
* Sense of urgency to close the achievement gap - We must make sure that all of our students are prepared to enter and graduate from competitive colleges. They must be able to compete with their peers from all over the country. Thus our students must master rigorous content and skills and obtain high standardized test scores. Adults in our schools must do whatever is necessary to ensure high student performance. We will not practice social promotion as it defeats the purpose of our work to enable and prepare students to be competitive in college and beyond.
* Making a Difference - At Chávez, the study of public policy is a way of investigating how the government, organized groups and individuals can establish justice and secure liberty for our community. Students use public policy as a lens to view the world. We focus on ideas and investigation rather than fact memorization as a way of teaching civic dispositions or beliefs. Public policy instruction is experiential, project-based, and centered on controversial issues. Through a cycle of constant understanding, taking action, and reflecting on attitudes and growth, our students build the character traits most conducive to our democracy and in line with our namesake, Cesar Chávez. All teachers incorporate civic lessons into their courses through course-specific unit and inter-disciplinary projects. All of us are responsible for teaching our students the academic and advocacy skills they need to influence public policies and make a difference in the world.
* High expectations for all students - Regardless of our students' economic, social and prior academic background, we expect all of our students to achieve at high levels. This should be evident throughout the school. Principals hold teachers accountable for driving student improvement and for consistently demonstrating high expectations every day. We hold our students accountable academically and with a strong discipline code. It is everyone's job to provide our students with a well structured, demanding, and orderly learning environment during our extend school day and year. We must expect all of our students to behave like scholars—smart, respectful and good citizens.
* Data drives excellent teaching - School leaders will use data to analyze teacher performance and drive teachers to push scholars to new levels of proficiency. All Chávez teachers must: 1) implement common successful classroom practices, conduct frequent internal assessments and use the data to drive instruction; 2) constantly collaborate around student achievement data and find ways to improve instruction and achieve high student results; 3) communicate student performance regularly to students and parents.