Paul International High School
Paul PCS provides student scholars with a strong culture of excellence and a learning environment where scholars feel safe and supported. Our goal is to ensure that each scholar receives a well-rounded education that prepares them for college and career and supports their growth as independent thinkers and responsible citizens and leaders.
Paul International High School (PIHS) prepares students to enter and succeed in college and life in a global society through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and international studies program. Coursework engages students in active learning experiences that cultivate in them an intellectual curiosity about the world, respect for different cultures and perspectives, strong communication skills, and the drive to impact economic and social issues that affect today’s world. The success of our educational approach is evidenced by our scholars’ 100% college acceptance rate as well as by our college matriculation and persistence rates that double DC’s average.
As we continue to grow as a high school, we are excited to provide students with a challenging academic program, cultural experiences, and community service opportunities that provide a competitive edge in the college application process.
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Competitive Academics and Diverse Course Offerings
Paul PCS employs a rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum through Engage NY called Eureka Math. This program is designed to equip students with the problem-solving skills necessary to thrive in a global economy. Our science and social studies courses use the Mifflin Harcourt curriculum which includes in-class experiences and virtual simulations akin to expeditionary learning models or “learning by doing.”
Beyond our core curriculum, PIHS provides both Advanced Placement and mandatory SAT preparation courses. We currently offer nine Advanced Placement courses including:
- 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
Paul PCS’s 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, speaking on important topics such as colorism, extreme poverty, and climate change.
Cecile Middleton Ninth Grade Academy
Following middle school, Paul PCS scholars matriculate to our “Cecile Middleton Ninth Grade Academy,” which introduces them to our college access programming. Ninth-grade students participate in the first of four “Global Studies” courses offered at PIHS. These courses prepare our scholars by developing their organizational and management skills and engaging them in the exploration of global issues that impact their communities.
Throughout the year, ninth-grade scholars are involved in community and relationship-building with their peers and engaged in service-learning activities that promote their social and emotional growth. Scholars also learn critical research, writing, and speaking skills in preparation for a capstone project in their senior year. As a result of participation in the Cecile Middleton Ninth Grade Academy, students establish a strong foundation for critical thinking and writing that ensures their success in high school, college, and beyond.
College Readiness and Access
All PIHS scholars are required to complete a Capstone College Readiness project. Preparation for completing a capstone project starts in ninth grade, where students learn 21st century research skills and begin to explore global issues. In their senior year, scholars complete their capstone project by developing and presenting a real-world solution to a specific global issue. Past capstone projects by Paul scholars have addressed issues such as recycling, human trafficking, and the impact of parental incarceration on children.
Paul promotes a college-going culture that encourages all scholars to set and achieve academic goals and to strive for excellence. Scholars receive support from high school counselors who provide help with college and financial aid applications, career development services, and other resources for post-secondary success. Additionally, many PIHS Scholars participate in dual enrollment opportunities through Paul’s partnership with the University of the District of Columbia and through the OSSE Scholars Program which connects students with top-tier universities across the country.
Paul PCS also partners with local colleges and college-access organizations to provide scholars with the most up-to-date information, resources, and guidance on the college application process.
International Studies and Global Travel
Paul PCS’s International Studies Program is designed to provide scholars with the skills and knowledge necessary for future success. Scholars learn to affect positive social change locally and globally through our partnerships with organizations like the Asia Society, Peace Thru Culture, and LearnServe International.Eligible scholars who participate in the program have the opportunity to travel abroad to explore history through different lenses including culture, nature, environment, language, and community development. Over 60 scholars have traveled internationally to countries such as Japan, Paraguay, Cuba, Panama, Jamaica, Italy, England, and Zambia.
Student Support Services
Paul PCS provides comprehensive intervention services that address all levels of student need. We implement Read and Math 180 for scholars who need additional support to master grade level standards, and we also provide multiple wraps-around services to provide students with critical academic and social-emotional support. For more information about this program, contact Ms. Ragin, Director of Student Support Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also provide a strong EL program, which is designed to help English Learners (ELs) develop the linguistic, cognitive, cultural, and self-concept skills to successfully participate in the academic and social experiences at Paul PCS. We offer quality instructional language assistance that ensures all students are fully engaged in our programming and held to the same high standards. For more information about this program, contact Ms. Gonzalez, EL Coordinator, at Igonzalez@paulcharter.org
More information about enrichment and extended day opportunities at Paul International High School can be found here.
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