Washington Leadership Academy is a free, open-enrollment, non-selective public charter high school in the heart of Washington, D.C. We are proud to be 1 of 10 XQ Super Schools in the U.S.!

Our vision is that high school prepares all kids to thrive in the world and to change it for the better.

Our mission is to prepare our kids to thrive in the world and change it for the better.

Our graduates:

- Are college ready and have career-ready tech skills

- Know themselves, advocate for themselves, and clearly plan their futures

- Lead positive change in their communities and the world

Our Model

Our model produces results! View our DC Public Charter School Board Profile to see WLA’s public results and transparency documents. Click here for even more results.

College-prep academics with a computer science focus

All WLA students take four years of computer science and coding, that culminate in pathways leading to college-level computer science, certifications, or the creation of tech-related small businesses.

Real-world practice and leadership experience

All WLA students engage in project-based learning in the 9th and 10th grades as part of Project Studio, culminating in AP Seminar and AP Research in the upper grades. All WLA students participate in internships with government, private sector, or non-profit organizations during the eleventh grade.

A supportive culture

Relationships are at the core of our work at WLA. We deeply value and prioritize relationships with each other, students, families, and staff.

Thank You to Our Partners & Funders