New Designs for School
New Designs for School

We’ve all had the experience of truly purposeful, authentic learning and know how valuable it is. Educators are taking the best of what we know about learning, student support, effective instruction, and interpersonal skill-building to completely reimagine schools so that students experience that kind of purposeful learning all day, every day.

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Primary Contact Name:
Caroline Hill
Award Date:
April 2014
Grant Type:
Regional Planning
Planned Start Date:
Fall 2015
Startup Type:
Complete Redesign

The breakthrough model efforts at E.L. Haynes High School are no longer active.

School: E.L. Haynes High School
Grades Served: 9-12
Location: 4501 Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20011
Operator: E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Operator Type: Charter
Setting: Urban

Students: 400
Ethnic Composition: Asian: < 1%, Black: 67%, Hispanic/Latino: 32%, White: < 1%
Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL): 77%
Special Education students: 19%
English Language Learners: 21%

Hallmark Feature: Self-paced pathways, supporting students who need catching up in 9th grade

This redesign effort will use differentiated and competency-based instructional strategies to create clear and extended pathways for students to advance and progress at their own pace (and especially meet the needs of students who may need more time or catching up upon entering high school).

  • E. L. Haynes will design and implement a 9th grade “red shirt” remediation to attend to the unique needs of entering students who need additional time and supports and a 12th grade “college access academy” for student to accelerate into college culture and self directed environments.
  • Staff will shift their role from content delivery to individual and group coaching through blended instruction (station-rotation model in 9th and a low-touch flex model in 12th).
  • The team will develop the Capital Teaching Residency Program to address issues of instructional practice and smaller staff to student ratios.


Learn more about the NGLC Regional Fund for Breakthrough Schools program that supported these grantees by visiting the Breakthrough Schools: D.C. grant page.