Our Approach

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Academic and social success at Amateka is guided by our three pillars:

literacy, communication, and awareness of Africana.

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Our students read-to-learn and write-to-share.

Literacy

We first focus on literacy to remove barriers to academic and social participation. The ability to gain knowledge through reading and to express ideas in writing allows students to navigate a variety of spaces where the written word is most important, such as university life and many roles in the workforce. Therefore, our students read-to-learn and write-to-share their ideas in each course.

Communication

We also focus on developing communication skills, recognizing that the free and informed exchange of diverse ideas is essential to increasing social awareness and inspiring progress. Communication is not only essential for the exchange of knowledge in the classroom, but also for sharing our equity based values with the world outside the school's walls. 

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"Free and informed exchange"

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Students are empowered to

write their own narratives.

African-Centered Curriculum

At Amateka College Prep, we develop skills in literacy and communication through use of an African-centered curriculum, which guides students to discover the contributions of global Black communities and share knowledge of these often marginalized narratives. Our African-centered curriculum has a multi-layered purpose: to counter negative narratives, unearth hidden positive narratives, and empower students to write their own new stories inclusive of their racial and cultural identities in pursuit of racial equity across the globe.

Our Timeline

Amateka College Prep's founding team is working diligently to open our school doors.

We appreciate and invite your support of our efforts! Contact us to get involved.

2018-2020

  • Conduct interviews with community members and assess community needs
  • Incorporate African-centered curriculum in established schools and evaluate implementation
  • Develop D.C. public charter school application with founding team 

2020-2021

  • Refine our African-centered model with students, schools and youth programs
  • Engage communities in dialogue on our model and seek feedback 
  • Build coalitions with local stakeholders and community leaders
  • Submit new charter school application

2021-2022

  • Identify, develop, and secure teaching materials
  • Secure facility and develop space for instruction
  • Offer professional development for educators interested in African-centered education
  • Host community-based programming, sharing and honing our model

2022-2023

  • Identify and hire inaugural faculty and staff 
  • Recruit first class of students and founding families
  • Finalize all curricular materials
  • Celebrate our opening with our founding community!
  • Open school doors Summer 2023!