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Paul Charter International High School

Paul PCS is dedicated to excellence for our student scholars through a strong school culture in which students felt safe and ready to learn. We goal is to build on our history of quality education to ensure that your student is experiencing a well-rounded education that is preparing them for both college and career!

Paul International High School prepares students to enter and succeed in college and life in a global society with rigorous college prep and international studies program. Our global curriculum engages students with active learning experiences beginning in their freshman year, preparing them to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action to impact economic and social issues in our world today. This dual approach has a proven track record as indicated by PIHS’s 100% college acceptance, as well as college matriculation and persistence rates that double DC’s average.

As we continue to grow as a high school, we are excited to offer both a challenging academic experience for students, as well as a well-rounded teenage experience that will make your student competitive in the college application process.

Competitive Academics and Diverse Course Offerings

PIHS achieves results consistently because of mandatory SAT preparation courses that support students in achieving SAT averages that outpace the DC state average. PIHS Scholars are prepared daily for college with a grade-specific college access program. Students have the opportunity to grapple early with the complexities of college-level work through their engagement in our nine Advanced Placement course offerings which include:

  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • AP Spanish Language & Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Studio Art, and
  • AP US History

Additionally, many PIHS Scholars participate in dual enrollment opportunities in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia and at top-tier universities across the country through the OSSE Scholars program.

Engage New York: Paul PCS employs a rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum called Engage New York and Eureka Math. These programs are designed to equip students with the problem-solving skills necessary to thrive in a global economy. Scholars explore Science and History content through the use of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt curriculum, which includes in-class experience and virtual simulations akin to expeditionary learning models or “learning by doing.”

Cecile Middleton Ninth Grade Academy

After the middle school grades, Paul PCS Scholars matriculate and flourish in our “Cecile Middleton Ninth Grade Academy,” the freshmen component of the Paul International High School that has intensified focus on college readiness and preparation. Freshmen students engage in their first of four “Global Studies” courses, which have a dual purpose of preparing scholars with organizational and management skills necessary to succeed in high school and engaging them in exploring global issues that impact their lives and communities.

Project Based Learning: Throughout the year students are involved in community and relationship building with their peers, they engage in activities to earn community service hours, and they learn critical research skills in preparation for their senior year capstone project. This project allows students to demonstrate research, writing and speaking skills necessary for success in college and beyond. As a result of participation in the Cecile Middleton Ninth Grade Academy, scholars establish a strong foundation for critical thinking and wringing that ensures they will be ready to compete and thrive in college and the world.


Paul PCS’s International Studies Program is designed to provide scholars with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in college and career. Scholars learn to affect positive social change locally and globally through partnership organizations like the Asia Society, Peace Thru Culture and LearnServe International.

Capstone College Readiness: Starting in ninth grade, scholars learning 21st-century college research skills as they begin to explore global issues and prepare to declare a global major. Tenth-grade scholars learn vital skills of recognizing and acknowledging diverse perspectives, while also honing their ability to defend their own perspective. In their junior year, Paul PCS Scholars communicate ideas and solutions to a mass audience through blogging, social media, writing and public presentations. Seniors complete a capstone project, generating and presenting a real-world solution to their chosen global issue. Paul PCS alumni have used their capstone projects to start clubs and non-profit organizations that address issues such as recycling, human trafficking, and the impact of parental incarceration on children.

Global Focused Enrichment: Paul PCS’s global electives include Constitutional Law, AP Spanish, Cultural Dance, African Drumming, Global Art and more. Additional opportunities include an annual senior symposium, international art performances, student-led travel presentations, and international guest speakers. Scholars also participate in state oratorical competitions and have spoken on colorism, extreme poverty, and wast.

International Travel & Study Abroad Program: The world becomes their classroom as Paul PCS Scholars travel to explore history through culture, nature, environment, language, and community development. Over 60 scholars have traveled to ten or more countries, to include Japan, Paraguay, Cuba, Panama, Jamacia, Italy, England, and Zambia.

Student Support Services: Paul PCS provides a high level of intervention services to all levels of student need. We implement Read and Math 180 for scholars who need additional support to master grade level standards and provide multiple wraps-around services to ensure students receive comprehensive academic and social-emotional support. For more information about this program, contact Ms. Ragin, Director of Student Support Services, at rragin@paulcharter.org.

English Learners: The EL program at Paul PCS seeks to ensure that all English Learners (ELs) develop the linguistic, cognitive, cultural, and self-concept skills to successfully participate in the academic and social experiences provided by Paul PCS and beyond. Paul PCS provides quality instructional language assistance to scholars who are identified as ELs. Our program model meets individual student needs and ensures that ELs are held to the same high standards as all scholars. For more information about this program, contact Ms. Gonzalez, EL Coordinator, at Igonzalez@paulcharter.org

Enrichment Programming

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