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The mission of Thurgood Marshall Academy Charter High School (TMA) - Washington, D.C.'s law-related college preparatory public charter school - is to prepare high school students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. TMA combines a comprehensive, standards-based curriculum with education about law, democracy, and human rights. We strive to create an environment that fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and public advocacy--the foundation of a legal education.
Thurgood Marshall Academy uses proven educational methods that stress excellence in instruction and high expectations for students. Our leagl approach teaches both basic academics and high-order, law-related skills such as using evidence to support and argument, conducting research, synthesizing information, and making presentations. TMA is one of a growing number of innovative schools that measure student understanding not only with traditional tests, buts also via portfolio presentations to panels of teachers, parents, and peers. The school partners with DC area law firms, other businesses, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to bring resources, volunteers, and programs to its students.
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