Welcome to Two Rivers Public Charter Schools!

The school recognizes the importance of character education and the socio-emotional needs of children while helping them achieve academic excellence.

Welcome!

Two Rivers is a network of high-performing public schools with a powerful mission:

Dr. Kristina Kyles-Smith

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.

Since our founding over a decade ago, Two Rivers has grown to serve a diverse group of more than 1,000 preschool through middle school students in Washington, DC each year.

Students at Two Rivers are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous, and meaningful. We use an expeditionary learning (EL) approach, which means students both master grade-level content based on rigorous standards, and are celebrated for collaborative, project-based work and building scholarly habits. Expeditions at every grade level enable students to apply the Two Rivers’ approach in pursuit of compelling questions that push their thinking, connect them with the world around them, and prepare them to thrive in high school, college, and the community beyond.

After a career as a teacher, principal, district leader, state assistant superintendent, and regional director for EL Education, I joined Two Rivers as Executive Director in June 2020 because I believe in the promise of Two Rivers’ mission, the power of our educational approach, and the talent of the incredible educators and leaders, who bring our mission to life for students every day. I also strongly believe that schools are most successful when students have voice and agency and teachers are empowered and supported. Collectively, these critical ingredients will ensure we reach Two Rivers’ 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 has a considerable reputation as one of the top charter school networks in D.C. and our legacy grows with each of our inspiring graduates, who have continued on to top-performing high schools around the city. In empowering our students as leaders of their own education, our schools serve as powerful catalysts and change agents not only for individual scholars but for their communities.

At Two Rivers, students, staff, and families are passionate about learning and thoughtful about building a community that is welcoming and accessible to all. Our community is committed to preparing students who will better their world. We are thrilled you’re here!

Welcome to our community,
Dr. Kristina