For more than 25 years, WSG has challenged, supported, and inspired Black and Brown girls from Wards 7 and 8, where many young people still face barriers to accessing quality education. It designs and delivers a culturally responsive learning environment in which students regularly engage with adults who look like them while experiencing a variety of worldviews beyond their community. Its holistic and personal approach includes a year-round academic program, small class sizes, after-school tutoring, high-quality enrichment activities, and extra support and counseling for students who are struggling personally, financially, or academically. The Graduate Support Program guides students as they transition to high school and beyond, maintaining a 99% high school graduation rate among WSG alumnae. The only tuition-free, independent, private Catholic school for elementary and middle school girls in DC, WSG has transformed the lives of over 300 young women.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Anacostia; Shipley Terrace

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Students

Awards & Recognition

In addition to being selected to be part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy multiple times, WSG has recently been given the following awards:

2012- Received Accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

2009 - Fight For Children's Quality Schools Initiative Award

2009 - Washington Area Women's Foundation Leadership Award


  • "No Excuses"
    Tue Dec 1 2009, Washingtonian Magazine  
    Sister Mary is proving that almost every girl can achieve if given a chance and pushed.

  • Turnaround Starts With Students
    Sun May 25 2008, The Washington Post  
    Sister Mary and the faculty at Washington Middle insist that their girls perform at a high level...

Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for The Washington School for Girls is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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