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202.986.4769 Shaw Campus • 421 P Street NW • Washington, DC 20001

At Grow Academy, we believe in our students, our families, and each other. We create equitable, loving, and joyful classrooms where students learn literacy, math, and social skills in order to grow their unique power and contribute to the community. Upon completion of Kindergarten, Grow Academy students move onto KIPP DC Lead Academy.

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"Grow Academy firmly believes that developing foundational social, emotional, and cognitive skills at a young age helps students reach their highest potential in the future. Our teachers work tirelessly to help children develop the confidence to unlock that potential."

Ashley Peel, Principal, KIPP DC Grow Academy

"I want people to find the joy in what they do each day and know that it’s okay to be their authentic selves and be vulnerable in front of their students or colleagues. We talk a lot about creating relationships and a sense of belong and trust and all of that is impossible without being your authentic self. "

Salvatore Negrete, Vice Principal, KIPP DC Grow Academy

" Seeing smiles on kids’ faces, and parents coming to me and telling me ‘I just love you Ms. Nickens-El.’ That makes me happy and keeps me coming back."

Elizabeth Nickens-El, Teacher, KIPP DC Grow Academy


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Grow Academy uses the Tools of the Mind curriculum to develop executive function, promote social-emotional learning, and grow early literacy and math skills for PreK3 and PreK4 students. Kindergarten lead teachers use Reader’s Workshop and My Math curriculums to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students success in Elementary and beyond.

Teachers and families partner to ensure each student’s individual needs are met—setting a strong foundation for their educational journey.

Play-based learning allows PreK3 and PreK4 students to express themselves, explore new concepts, and work together with their classmates. We build on this foundation in Kindergarten with effective, high-quality, and rigorous instruction that produces academic results and student growth.


Grow Academy hosts a number of events to engage families and the community. All of our extracurricular events are led by our Team & Family Committee. Past events have included: soccer, literacy nights, movie screenings, school dances, Sip & Paints, Mad Science (Pre-K only), Soccer & Ballet (K only), and more.

We partner with the YMCA for before and aftercare.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Grow Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

2018: Grow Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Grow Academy kindergarten teacher Ms. Almario recognized as KIPP DC’s monthly staff spotlight.

2017: Grow Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Grow Academy teacher Ms. Nickens-El recognized as KIPP DC’s monthly staff spotlight

Grow Academy teacher Mr. Guzman recognized as KIPP DC’s monthly staff spotlight.