Mission & History

Mission

To nurture a diverse group of students to become lifelong, active participants in their own education, develop a sense of self and community, and become responsible and compassionate members of society.

The mission is supported by the following goal: when students graduate from Two Rivers, they will have the cognitive and social skills to succeed in high school and college so that they are positioned to have rich and varied options for their future.

History

Two Rivers was founded by more than three dozen parents from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Two Rivers was awarded its charter in August 2003 from the D.C. Public Charter School Board and opened on Capitol Hill in the fall of 2004. We offer classes from preschool through 8th grade through two elementary schools - 4th St. Elementary and Two Rivers at Young - and Two Rivers Middle School.

Two Rivers Timeline

2003-2004

TWO RIVERS AWARDED ITS CHARTER AND FIRST OPENS ITS DOORS

Two Rivers was founded by a group of parents on Capitol Hill in 2003 and was awarded its charter as the second EL Education school in Washington, DC. The school opened with 150 preschool-third graders in 2004 and was originally housed in a wing of Eliot-Hine Junior High School in Ward 6.
Eliot-Hine school

January 2007

RELOCATION TO 1227 4TH STREET NE


Two Rivers moved from its co-location at Eliot-Hine to its permanent location at 1227 4th Street NE.
1227 4th Street NE Building

MAY 1, 2009

TWO RIVERS EARNS ACCREDITATION

Two Rivers was accredited by the American Academy of Liberal Education whose mission is to promote excellence in liberal education by providing recognition of schools that maintain the highest standards of liberal arts learning.
student with parachute

AUGUST 1, 2009

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPENS AT 1234 4TH STREET NE

Our middle school students moved into their own building, located right across the street from the elementary school at 1234 4th Street NE. In June of this school year, Two Rivers also graduates its first class of 8th graders!
1227 4th Street NE

NOVEMBER 2014

TWO RIVERS BECOMES A CREDENTIALED EL EDUCATION SCHOOL

The EL Education Credential recognizes schools that have attained remarkable achievement impacts with all students in mastery of skills and knowledge, character, and high-quality work.

AUGUST 18, 2015

YOUNG CAMPUS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND SPEECH BY MAYOR BOWSER


Two Rivers opened a new preschool and elementary school at the historic Charles E. Young building for the 2015-2016 academic year with an enrollment of approximately 170 students - making Two Rivers the first EL Education school in the nation to replicate.
Mayor Bowser at ribbon cutting ceremony

DECEMBER 2015

LEARN WITH TWO RIVERS LAUNCHES

The Learn With Two Rivers website was launched as a platform to expose educators to Two Rivers’ freshest thinking on deeper learning outcomes and instructional practices.
Participants in Evening of Learning Seminars
Staff at Evening of Learning Seminars

MARCH 24, 2016

TWO RIVERS NAMED EL EDUCATION MENTOR SCHOOL

Being named an EL Education Mentor School is an honor given to high-performing EL Education schools that have not only reached the organization's high standards for quality, but also have demonstrated a readiness and willingness to share their expertise with new network schools.
Student with EL Staff member

OCTOBER 20, 2016

TWO RIVERS LAUNCHES "SHARE YOUR DC" PARENT AND STAFF EXPEDITION

In response to events in America over the summer of 2016, Two Rivers launched the first expedition for parents and adults to help our community build understanding of diverse perspectives and identity.
Share Your DC Participants

January 28, 2018

TWO RIVERS EARNED ITS 15-YEAR CHARTER RENEWAL

DC Public Charter School Board unanimously voted for the charter renewal without conditions, an indication of the school’s many successes.
Preschoolers smiling on playground

September 2018

TWO RIVERS SELECTED AS INNOVATIVE SCHOOL

Two Rivers was selected for the second year in a row by HundrED as one of the top 100 of the most inspiring innovations in K12 education from around the world for their work with assessments of critical thinking. Two Rivers work around deeper learning assessments was featured in Helsinki, Finland.

Students working together

March 16, 2020

TWO RIVERS EARNS RE-ACCREDITATION

Two Rivers earned accreditation from AALE for another five years!
Jessica Wodatch with student during dance competition