Award Year: 2022

McKinley Technology High School

151 T Street Northeast
Washington, DC, 20002-1519

(202) 281-3950

Dr. Louise Jones, Principal at time of Nomination

Kortni Stafford, Current Principal

Title I School, Magnet School

Columbia Public School District

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McKinley Technology High School's vision is to redefine STEM education by creating life-long learners who are leaders in the ever-changing and connected world. Our mission is to be a premier STEM high school that provides a nurturing environment where school and community stakeholders empower all students to graduate as ethical, global citizens prepared for college and careers.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 85%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Two or more races: 1%
McKinley chemistry scholars at work.

McKinley chemistry scholars at work.

McKinley Technology High School is proud to serve the families of the District of Columbia Public Schools as a public, magnet STEM high school. Through a lens of whole-child development, we are committed to fostering future STEM leaders who are critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

Success at McKinley can be credited to our deep belief in our students' potential and the many ways we seek to realize that potential in authentic, real-world experiences. The heartbeat of our school community is our wall-to-wall STEM academies in the exceptional curriculum and experiences offered by our wall-to-wall, award-winning NAF Academies in Engineering, Information Technology, and Biotechnology. The exceptional curriculum, real-world experiences, and the required participation in an internship related to their STEM area of interest ensure that the abstraction of classroom learning is made real. These experiences as scientists, programmers, engineers, and the like have created long-term pipelines for both college and career success. Across the campus, students are challenged with rigorous curriculum, including thirteen advanced placement courses ranging from AP Literature to AP Studio Art, and the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses in partnership with local universities.

Beyond our academic offerings, our robust extracurricular activities support holistic growth and help students explore their many talents and interests. Students at McKinley Tech, for example, can harvest vegetables with the garden club, compete with the robotics team, test out their skills as a podcaster, or join one of our many competitive sports teams. We value and celebrate the breadth of our students' interests.