Business and civic leaders are Stepping up to support the historic launch of Ron Brown College Prep High School.

Join a growing coalition of Washingtonians who are dedicated to accelerating achievement for African American and Latino male students.


The district’s first all-male public school, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School represents an unparalleled effort to empower DC’s young men of color.

Across the United States, young men of color face significant hurdles to educational and economic success. This disparity is striking in Washington, DC where, despite district-wide improvements to the school system, young men of color continue to score well below their peers on every measure of educational achievement—from truancy and suspension rates, to reading and math proficiency, and high school graduation rates. This sobering reality affects economic opportunities for young men, their families, and the future success of the entire city.

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DC Public Schools is taking a stand with the Empowering Males of Color initiative. Launched in January 2015 with the support of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and city business leaders, EMOC devotes critical resources and attention to accelerating achievement for African American and Latino male students.

Central to this work is Ron Brown College Prep. This historic new school aims to ensure that every student graduates with the skills necessary to be successful in his future endeavors. On August 22, 2016, DC Public Schools proudly welcomed 110 young kings as members of Ron Brown’s inaugural freshman class.

The school’s mission is grounded in three pillars: developing character; promoting academic scholarship and curiosity; and fostering community service. Academic programming will place heavy emphasis on reading, writing, and languages like Spanish and Latin, as well as mathematics and digital literacy. In addition to academics, all students will participate in community service projects, engage in leadership programs, and benefit from access to professional mentors.