Principal's Message - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

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Welcome to the Columbia Heights Early College Campus for school year 2016-2017.  As we start the year, it is a time to celebrate the successes of the past year, and look forward to the hopes and excitement of the year we are beginning.

Last year saw many outstanding accomplishments for both Lincoln Multicultural Middle School, and Bell Multicultural High School.  In our 9 years as a grade 6 through 12 Early College Campus, we worked diligently to have a unified approach to teaching and learning, so that each grade builds on the next one.

Bell Multicultural High School was once again named by the Washington Post Challenge Index as one of the top high schools for challenge in the Washington area! This honor was based on the level of rigor we provide through our Advanced Placement program.

This year we took the PARCC assessment for the first time and are excited to see the results this year. One of the goals of our campus is to prepare all students to enter college or post-secondary training. Last year’s graduating class continued the trend we have established of obtaining more scholarships and financial aid for our senior class. The class of 2016 collected over $2,000,000 in scholarships and grants.  We have high hopes for the class of 2017, and many of them have worked over the summer on preparing their applications. This year, we will continue our work of creating a college going culture and preparation, beginning in the sixth grade.  In addition, we will be expanding our bilingual program, so that all incoming sixth graders will have the opportunity to become bilingual in English and Spanish.

Our school is committed to creating learning experiences which focus on rigor, relevance and social justice.  Every teacher, administrator, and staff member at CHEC stands ready to work with each and every student, so that all students can experience academic success and excitement in learning. Your role as a student is to keep focused on your goals, work hard in school every day, and complete your assignments every night.  Remember, according to the CHEC creed, “You are powerful beyond measure.” Have a wonderful school year, and let’s work together relentlessly as students, parents and educators.


Maria Tukeva

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