Mission & History


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.


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 at Two Rivers Elementary and Middle School at 4th Street and preschool through 5th grade at Two Rivers Elementary School at Young. Two Rivers at Young will add a grade level each year until it reaches 8th grade.

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