Award Year: 2017

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

800 Euclid Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001-2228

(202) 671-6320

Ms. Anita Berger, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

District Of Columbia Public School District

School Website


Develop students as life-long learners, regard for the community, equipped with education for admission to a four-year college/university, and prepare future global competitive leaders.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 78%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 100%
Principal Anita Berger joins a student collaboration on physcial/chemical properties.

Principal Anita Berger joins a student collaboration on physcial/chemical properties.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School was institutionalized in 1981 as an alternative secondary school in which students engage in rigorous and diverse academic experiences. Although Banneker wasn't originally supported by the community due to fear of becoming a school for the "elite," today it is a Title 1 school that serves a diverse population of students from every quadrant of the city.

This "model" school is designed to provide students with challenges commensurate with their interests. Banneker offers experiences directed toward the development of independent, productive, and responsible individuals who exhibit optimal characteristics. A goal of the school is to maintain a diverse community, superior in teaching and learnin,g that engages all students in rigorous and varied experiences that propel outstanding scholars and citizens. The college preparatory curriculum affords the opportunity for developing knowledge, talents, and skills for success. Banneker students are provided a variety of educational tools such as the online tech book and technology certifications needed to achieve success. Most recently, students have been provided with a "Collaborative Learning Commons" aligned with the 21st century learning standards (Common Core).

The curriculum and community service program are designed to challenge students to strive for personal excellence and become responsible citizens in the global community. The parent engagement provides "non-traditional" family opportunities which include early morning parent collaboratives and teacher-created family engagement.

The results of providing a rigorous and well-structured academic program and implementing the effective teaching and learning strategies are steady 100% graduation and 100% college acceptance rates.