Paul PCS provides activities that cultivate and foster an appreciation of the performing, visual, and culinary arts, as well as STEM, global exploration and athletics.
At Paul PCS you will find a variety of artistic outlets for scholars. Students grow independently through the arts and develop confidence that manifests academically, socially and outside of the school community. Such offerings include visual art courses, AP Studio Art, concert band, chorus, dance and drama, theater, multimedia, technology, school-wide art showcases, annual musicals, and vocal music performances. Through community partnerships with the Alvin Ailey Foundation and Kenney Center, scholars have traveled to New York and California to learn from industry professionals.
International Travel Program
The world becomes a classroom as Paul PCS Scholars travel to explore history through culture, nature, environment, language, and community development. Over 60 middle and high school scholars have traveled to ten or more countries, to include Japan, Paraguay, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Italy, England, and Zambia.
Paul PCS offers an array of sports programs during the day and after school. Components of the Athletic Program include basketball, soccer, track and field, cheerleading, football, baseball, volleyball, intramurals and more.
Paul’s coaches receive training from the Positive Coaching Alliance and are thus prepared to instill sportsmanship, character development, and work ethic in student-athlete. Paul PSC scholars have gone on to become high school, college, and professional athletes. Click here to learn more.
In 1992, in recognition of the importance of instilling in students an ethic of giving back to one’s community and the value of applying learning to solve real-life problems, the District of Columbia Board of Education adopted a community service requirement for graduation from high school.
Leaders of Paul International High School view compliance with this requirement as an opportunity for each scholar to identify an activity which ignites his or her passion, provides new skills, and boosts self-esteem
Each Paul PCS high school scholar is responsible for managing compliance with the community service requirement, including selecting an eligible activity; identifying an on-site supervisor; tracking and documenting all hours spent performing the eligible activity; and submitting all required documentation to the School to satisfy graduation requirements. To learn more about the Paul PCS community service requirements and download the required forms, please click here. For more information, contact Micah Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paul PCS My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Program
In 2014 President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), an initiative aimed to create opportunities for young boys and men to reach their full potential. To join the president’s initiative, Paul PCS launched its own MBK Mentoring Program in that same year.
Paul PCS remains committed to this cause; we are currently in our fifth year of providing year-long mentoring for our boys through our monthly Saturday Academy held on the third Saturdays of each month.
If you’re Interested in volunteering to become a mentor or to be partners, please fill out our mentor application.
For more information contact Sherman Hughes (email@example.com)
Raising Queens Girls Mentoring Program
Paul PCS partners with An Earthly Embrace, Inc. to host bi-weekly mentoring sessions on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month for Paul PCS girls grades 6-12 addressing topics such as: self-esteem, confidence, healthy relationships, and career visioning and planning. This curriculum titled “Raising Queens” is designed to empower young ladies ages 8 to 21 towards self-acceptance. It seeks to prevent teen dating violence and teaches girls how to engage in healthy friendships and dating relationships.
For more information, contact Dr. Renee Neely, School Psychologist, at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Extended Day Clubs
Paul PCS’s Extended Day Program includes a rich variety of clubs and activities. These opportunities are designed to help scholars discover and develop their own talents so that they can become well-rounded adults. Scholars have the opportunity to participate in school-wide performances and events to showcase their talents and skills to parents and classmates. Paul’s popular clubs and afterschool activities include but are not limited to:
- Homework Center
- Elite African Percussion Club
- Cooking Club
- Art Club
- National Junior Honors Society
- The Paul Dancers
- Girls Who Code
- Wiz Kids
- Exquisite Modeling
- Pirate Drumline
- Stage Crew