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Mission Statement


Who We Are

We are an Alternative Education program for at-risk young adults, who have the motivation to increase their skills to become self-sufficient through academic remediation and career development.

What We Do

Our mission is to maximize each student’s potential to learn and make a positive contribution to our world. Many students have been unsuccessful in a traditional high school setting due to a lack of options for those who may learn differently; or are simply not motivated by a standard school curriculum; but instead, respond to "real life" work experiences. BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE provides a safe and mutually respectful learning environment where students can express innovative thinking and utilize their individual strengths. We provide remediation and training to build the skills needed to earn GED or alternative degrees/certificates; obtain and retain employment; and/or enter into post secondary training.

What Sets Us Apart

At BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE we provide our students information and training to empower them to take control of their education and future. Our pioneering and proven program incorporates:

  • Assessment-driven instruction and goal setting
  • High expectations that mirror the workplace such as, punctuality, attendance, behavior, performance and promotion
  • Parent/Student web portals for instant access to grades, attendance, assignments, announcements, and progress reports
  • Individual student work plans for targeted instruction to help students meet individualized goals
  • Exciting internships and workplace experiences
  • Innovative technology for enhanced student learning experience
  • Career and employment-focused, hands-on curriculum exposing students to real world expectations and experiences
  • Partnerships with community leaders and stakeholders
  • Content Standards and Competencies based skill building, employing over 360 essential life skills necessary for youth to become functionally competent members of their family, community and workforce

Our exceptional staff provides best practices and innovation to our students’ learning experience, and in partnership with our stakeholders, our students develop 21st century employability skills in preparation for real world expectations. We believe teachers, administrators, students and parents are all accountable for the student’s learning, and through our effective approach; we empower students to take responsibility for their own lives and successes, and become contributing members in their community.

Who We Serve

  • Students must be 17-21 years old seeking an alternative/certificate degree program such as GED, Employment Readiness, or post secondary training.
  • Students must have performance levels of average to low average intelligence with the academic skills performance on a 4th grade level or above on achievement testing and CASAS assessment.
  • We accommodate the needs of special education students whose difficulties are embedded in learning and mild to moderate emotional impairments. *
  • Students must be able to work independently and in small groups of up to twelve students.

* Our program currently does not accommodate the needs of students with autism, low cognitive levels or
severe psychiatric disorders requiring intensive, one-on-one intervention.

Admissions Process

Please visit www.empoweringcenter.org for a complete list of all necessary documents and the admissions process details. Once it is determined that a candidate is appropriate for the program based on the submitted admissions packet, the student will be required to complete a two-day school visit; interview with staff; online application; and complete admissions testing prior to being considered for enrollment. All students are placed on a 30-day Conditional Acceptance as a probationary status to ensure they meet the attendance, participation, work completion, and appropriate conduct requirements for final enrollment.

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Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-747-7530 202-747-7530 | Fax: 202-747-7511
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We are a non public non private special education school in partnership with The District of Columbia Public Schools.



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