Meet our 2019 Bold Performance School winners!

A record number of DC schools are proving higher achievement is possible for all students

Coming on the heels of nation-leading growth on NAEP, the Nation’s Report Card, a record 28 DC schools met our criteria for Bold Performance awards in 2019. Bold Performance award-winning schools are open enrollment schools that serve a high at-risk student population and have combined math and English language arts proficiency rates dramatically higher than similar schools.

Together, the 28 schools educate 10,759 students, of which 18% receive special education services and 57% are considered at-risk, ranging from 32% to 86%. An at-risk student is a child whose family qualifies for SNAP or TANF benefits, is placed in foster care, or is experiencing homelessness.

Seventeen of the Bold Performance award-winning and honorable-mention schools are located east of the Anacostia River in Ward 7 and Ward 8, three in Ward 6, four in Ward 5, two in Ward 4, and one each in Wards 2 and 1.  


Our Services to Schools and Support Organizations

Since 2015, EmpowerK12 has supported schools and school support organizations to become more data-driven. What does that mean? Start by checking out our Rubric for Data-Driven Culture for School Systems. We provide multi-tiered support covering data infrastructure, data reporting, coaching, and evaluation services. 

Our Core Work:

  • Data Dashboards
  • School Data Warehouses
  • Coaching for School Leaders and Data Managers
  • Robust Evaluations of What's Working in K-12
  • Strategic Support for schools aiming to be an EmpowerK12 Bold Performance or Bold Improvement School via data-driven continuous improvement best practices



Our Approach



We are passionate about closing the achievement gap so we partner with organizations that serve a broad spectrum of student populations 


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Our approach is to coach teachers, leaders and analysts to grow and sustain data practices


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We believe in a unique and customized consulting experience for each and every client

2019 Bold Improvement School winners


Thirteen public schools that enroll a large share of the District of Columbia’s at-risk students are closing the achievement gap at a rate 10 times faster than other schools in the city and nationally. For their growth in academic performance, and for the instructional, analytical and cultural practices these schools employ to achieve such progress, we named these campuses our 2019 Bold Improvement Schools. 

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