S.H.A.P.P.E. is an organization of the District of Columbia Public (DCPS) high school parent leaders, concerned educators  and principals in Washington D.C.  We have been meeting monthly since February of 1998.  We originally came together to share our frustration and grief at the level of violence in our city.  We currently work together to strategically influence policies, practices and budget decisions that impact our city’s teenagers.  

The core of our work is in our monthly meetings, our support and collaboration of the other public education advocacy groups and in our public testimony and communications.  Information on these topics can be found in the sidebar.  For other information, please contact us at dc.s.h.a.p.p.e@gmail.com 

S.H.A.P.P.E. is a group working cooperatively on: service distribution among our schools.

    .       1. Promoting an equitable standard of resource and service distribution between the schools.

·       2. Expanded educational opportunities including advanced academic classes and job training.

·       3. A comprehensive approach to safety and health in our schools.

·       4. Modernized facilities aligned with sound educational practice.

·       5. The funding necessary to achieve these goals.

S.H.A.P.P.E. facilitates partnerships between:--·        

Parents, principals and educators in the 18 senior high schools

·         Local senior high schools and the central District of Columbia Public Schools administration

·         Metropolitan Police Department, Human Services, Recreation and the local senior high schools

·         The Mayor’s office, the City Council and the local senior high schools (S.H.A.P.P.E. members)

·         Local senior high schools and other advocacy groups working for our young people.


Important Announcements

The next SHAPPE meeting will be held at Coolidge High School on Tuesday, January 24th from 6 to 8pm.   

The first part of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion with State Board of Education members on the Every Student Succeeds Act metrics for DC.  In the second half of the meeting we will review the proposed draft educational specifications to see if they reflect the feedback of the meetings held in the spring.  Please spread the word and urge others to come. 

Results for the PARCC assessment can be found here: http://osse.dc.gov/parcc

Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities