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Community Impact

Our programs, serving 1st to 8th graders through high quality afterschool and summer camp services, are focused by our mission:

The Fishing School prepares public school elementary and middle school students for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills; and engaging them and their parents in intensive, multi-year, and research-based out of school time and parent engagement programs and activities.

Our services are embedded in underserved schools and communities throughout D.C. Currently, we partner with the following schools:

Neval Thomas Elementary (Ward 7)

Plummer Elementary (Ward 7)

Turner Elementary (Ward 8)

Bishop T. Walker School for Boys (Ward 8)

These program sites will be feeders to our community-based middle school program, located at our headquarters in Deanwood, Ward 7.


The high impact of our programs has been confirmed by external evaluators as follows:

2009 to 2011

Parents:  79% said children better able to handle anger and conflict

DC CAS: 57% elementary and 45% middle grades improved in Math

2011 to 2012

Teachers: 66% middle grades students improved homework completion

Students: Over 70% report they are learning and are treated well by instructors

2012 - 2013

Ranked 1st in Math and 2nd in Reading outcomes out of 24 OSSE (Office of the State Superintendent of Education) 21st Century Learning Center grantees.

Why is out-of-school time programming so important?

The number of children unsupervised after school has risen to 15 million; this is 26 percent of all youths.  More than 1 million of those students are in grades K-5. (Afterschool Alliance, 2009)

An analysis of 68 after school studies concluded that high quality after school programs can lead to improved attendance, behavior and coursework. Students participating in a high quality after school program went to school more, behaved better, received better grades and did better on tests compared to non-participating students. (Durlak, Weissberg, & Pachan, 2010)

New evidence shows that the level of achievement by the 8th grade is a stronger indicator in college and workforce success than a high school diploma.

Students who do not participate in after-school activities are 49 percent more likely to use drugs and 40 percent more likely to become teen parents than students who invest only one to four hours per week participating in after-school activities.

An astounding two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years.

Why the need for support in Washington, D.C.?

11 D.C. public school students drop out of the system each day.

9 percent of students commencing their freshman year of high school will complete college in five years.

Only 31 percent of students meet or exceed District math standards.

Only 36 percent of students meet or exceed District reading standards.