IDA B. WElls MS Program Overview


Based on feedback from students, schools, and communities received to date, DCPS is proposing a Student Profile grounded in the vision of students who are Joyful, Prepared, Courageous & Compassionate, and Culturally Aware


Students love learning and seek out opportunities to tackle new challenges through

•Electives and Core Content that Support Whole Child

•Diverse Options for Sports, Clubs, and Extracurricular Activities

•Exploratory Field Trips

•Staff and Leaders who love and challenge all students


Students are academically and socially ready to be successful in a HS program of their choice through

•Rigorous, Common-Core aligned curriculum for all students

•Differentiated programs and supports for diverse student needs

•Exposure to high school program options and diverse content options

•Pre-Advanced Placement and extension options

•Guidance and Support for Planning and Decision-Making

Courageous & Compassionate

Students acknowledge and learn from their mistakes, practice empathy, and understand the importance of helping others through

•Social Emotional Learning

•Restorative Justice

•Community Service

Culturally Aware

Students seek the perspective of others including those of different backgrounds and ethnicities through

•World Language Programming

•Study Abroad & Domestic Travel Opportunities

•Culturally Responsive Curriculum

•Diverse and Inclusive School Culture and Community

Classes and Programs

Ida B. Wells MS will offer diverse academic options aligning to the Academies at Coolidge HS as well as sports and extracurricular activities to engage the whole child

Main Subjects

  • Math (including Acceleration, Algebra I and Geometry).
  • English Language Arts (including advanced options).
  • Earth, Life and Physical Science.
  • World Geography, US History and World History.
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Inner Core

  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • World Languages - Spanish
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Potential Electives

  • Mass Media and Communications
  • Health Sciences
  • College and Career Exploration
  • Other options to reflect student interest

Clubs & Athletics

  • A variety of extracurricular activities that will be determined from student interest of 5th graders at the education campuses
  • Top student interests currently include: football, basketball, soccer, cheerleading and robotics
  • Homework and academic support

Additional Programs

  • College Tours
  • Special Education
  • English Language Support
  • Job Shadowing (8th Grade)
  • Learning activities led by mass media and health science experts

Social Emotional Learning

  • Restorative Justice
  • Character Education