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:
Scott Cartland
Award Date:
April 2014
Grant Type:
Regional Planning
Start Date:
Fall 2015
Startup Type:
Complete Redesign

The breakthrough model efforts at Wheatley Education Campus are no longer active.

School: Wheatley Education Campus
Grades Served: 6-8 in competency-based learning model (School serves PS-8th Grade)
Location: 1299 Neal Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002
Operator: District of Columbia Public Schools
Operator Type: District
Setting: Urban

Students at Start: 140 (460 current enrollment)
Students at Capacity: 140 (500 enrollment capacity)
Ethnic Composition: Black: 95%; Hispanic/Latino: 4%; Multiple Races: 1%
Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL): 99%
Special Education: 18%
English Language Learners: 1%

Hallmark Feature: Mastery-based Learning

The focus of this planned redesign of Wheatley Education Campus is to fully integrate a competency-based learning model through blended (station-rotation & flexible lab stations), personalized, and small group instruction in a 1:1 environment.

  • Staff will use advisory periods to complement the blended learning time and individualized support students will access, explicitly teach the model’s character traits, build digital learning and life skills, track progress toward adaptive learning software benchmarks, and assist students in setting and progressing towards developmentally appropriate academic goals.
  • Staff will reorganize into Humanities (Social Studies and English Language Arts) and STeM (Science, Technology and Math) teams to provide students with individual or group extended learning opportunities and facilitate interdisciplinary units.
  • Students will receive timely and differentiated feedback in their electronic portfolios and data from computer adaptive learning software.
  • Students will progress through curriculum when they have mastered explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives detailed on specific content area rubrics and demonstrate competency on performance-based assessments.
  • School plans to scale the model down one grade level each school year until it encompasses grades 3-8.

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