K-12 Education Initiatives

Georgetown University partners with D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the Office to the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to provide education support to K-12 students in the District of Columbia and to support dynamic leaders in D.C. Public Schools. 


DC Reads
DC Reads, part of the Center for Social Justice, is an on-site tutoring program through which Georgetown students work with first through third grade students who are not reading at grade level. DC Reads tutors work at several schools and community centers in Ward 7, including Beers Elementary School, Burrville Elementary School, Drew Elementary School, Houston Elementary School, Nalle Elementary School, Smothers Elementary School, Thomas Elementary School, Deanwood Recreation Center, and the Paradise at Parkside housing community.

After School Kids
The After School Kids Program in the Center for Social Justice is a tutoring and mentoring program for adjudicated youth in Washington, D.C. Georgetown University students work with youth in the juvenile justice system to provide youth development activities aimed at reducing recidivism rates among participants.

D.C. Schools Project
D.C. Schools Project, part of the Center for Social Justice is a literacy organization serving Washington, D.C.’s low-income immigrant community since 1984. Georgetown students serve 150 K-12 and more than 100 adult English Language Learners in D.C. public schools, community-based organizations and homes of immigrant families.

GUMSHOE (Georgetown University Math & Science Hands-On Enrichment) is a student-run math and science outreach organization. Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students serve as tutors for hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students around the city.


Executive Master’s in Leadership Program for DCPS Principals
In 2013, Georgetown began a partnership with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to provide leadership training to principals and central office staff, and in 2017 charter school leaders were included for the first time. Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business created a customized Executive Master’s in Leadership program for the principals. The first cohort of 25 principals graduated in December 2013

College Access and Success Progams
Georgetown University is committed to reducing barriers to higher education of access, affordability, and persistence. We have a number of college preparation programs for local high school students and partner with local and national organizations to support college access.