Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School

The mission of The Sojourner Truth School is to empower students to transform the world.

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Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 12/27/2023

We’re closing out 2023 on a high note at Truth PCS! The District recently published its School Report Card Data (link in comments), which lets families look at and compare data from every single public school across Washington, DC, and Truth has a score among the very highest in the city!

We’re also grateful for the work that EmpowerK12 has done to highlight each school’s progress with respect to particular metrics (ELA vs. math, growth vs. achievement, and much more) and by specific subgroups. We’re excited and very proud to share that Truth is among the top schools in many of the categories - both for all students and also subgroups like those classified as “at-risk” by the state superintendent’s office (OSSE). We encourage you to look for yourself (link in comments). Check out the graphs in the pics, which give just a couple of examples of our positions with respect to the almost 200 public schools across the District.

Happy Holiday season to all, and thank you to everyone who has helped to make 2023 a great one at Sojourner Truth PCS!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 12/17/2023

’Tis the season for holiday celebrations, and today’s Winter Bazaar was a blast! We made gingerbread houses, created ornaments, played games, caught the Truth Majorettes’ first ever performance, listened to music, and most importantly socialized as a community! It was wonderful seeing so many students, families, neighbors, and board members, and we’re incredibly grateful to the Family Association for all of the planning, prepping, and volunteering that went into making the event a success. THANK YOU! And thanks also to , -customs, and each of our other vendors for sharing your talents with us. Happy holidays to all!


Our Family Association has an exciting event planned for Saturday, December 16! There will be vendors, karaoke, Truth swag on sale, baked goods, a holiday grief counselor, and more. We will also be collecting enthused winter coats and food for Truth’s annual food & coat drive. We hope to see you there!


Staff Spotlight: Chris Edmonds

What our students say: “Mr. Edmonds brings positive energy to the entire high school every single day. He is one of the first people we see each morning, and he gets us hyped for class and school (which says a lot because of how tired we are sometimes!). He’s given me all kinds of ideas about colleges and other things that I want to do after high school. I had never thought much about plans after high school before talking with him, and now I do almost every day.”

As Truth’s College and Career Counselor, one of Mr. Edmonds’ many roles is to assist our high schoolers (and sometimes our middle schoolers too) in the creation of individual academic, career, and personal goals and plans. He does this at the group level with classroom workshops and also on an individual basis with each student. He also coordinates our various dual enrollment programs where our high schoolers take classes and earn credits at local universities, he is building out our vision for the professional internships in which each of our 11th and 12th graders will engage, he’s fostering relationships with universities to promote access for Truth kids in the future, and more. He is incredible at what he does, and our community is better because of him!

If there’s someone on our incredible staff that you would like to see featured in our Staff Spotlight, go to the link in our bio and then click on the blue button at the bottom of the screen.

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 12/02/2023

Thanks to all the amazing prospective middle school students and families we got to meet today at hosted by our friends at ! We will see you next Saturday at the EdFest for high school!!

The best way for future families to get to know us is to attend a school tour or an Open House!

School tours take place at 9:30 am, and you get to learn about our model and see it in action! The experience will include visiting classrooms allowing you to see the Montessori approach we utilize to help meet your student’s needs in a holistic way. You can schedule this online on the “Prospective Families” page on our website.

We also have monthly, in-person Open Houses from 5:30-7:00pm where you will hear a presentation from our leadership team and then visit some classrooms to hear directly from teachers about our academic experience for your student. Our next Open House is Wednesday, December 13.

We can’t wait to see you in-person over the next few weeks!


This Giving Tuesday, make an immediate impact that will last a lifetime: Give a Truth student the tutor they need to thrive in math! We need $20,700 more to make sure that our students needing extra support in math get one-on-one or small group tutoring multiple times a week for the rest of the school year.

Over the last 18 months, we've seen incredible gains in math for our students that have access to consistent tutoring. While math scores plummeted nationwide as a result of the pandemic, we have seen firsthand that regular tutoring can reverse the effects and help make up mutiple years of growth in a single school year. Over 85% of Truth students that received tutoring last year made more than their expected annual growth, and over 50% actually made two or more years of growth in a single school year!

If we can meet our fundraising goal, it will ensure the capacity to give consistent one-on-one or small-group tutoring to 54 of our students. We know from our data over the last two years that this will mean incredible gains for our kids who need help the most. Giving is easy - see the link in the comments - and no donation is too small!


Staff Spotlight: Ms. Papion

What her students say: “I’ve had a hard time with math in the past, but Ms. P has never once given up on me. I love how she explains things, and she’s always willing to make extra time to sit and help me.”

Ms. Papion is a superstar, and we are so lucky to have her on our team! She is not only a veteran math and STEM teacher with us here at Truth, but she also brings extensive leadership experience in education and the business world. And on top of that, she is also a dynamite vocalist that has performed for audiences around the world (and right here in D.C. at the White House)! Ms. P can do it all, and her commitment is inspiring - she even makes herself available to her kids for online Algebra workshops on the weekends!

If there’s someone on our incredible staff that you would like to see featured in our Staff Spotlight, go to the link in our bio and then click on the blue button at the bottom of the screen.


It’s the season for giving thanks, and we have a LOT to be grateful for at Truth! We appreciate our incredible staff, our amazing students, and the families and partners that make up our beautiful community.

Maria Montessori wrote: “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” Thank you for being part of the journey for our students as they move closer each day to realizing our mission and transforming the world!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 11/17/2023

After a wonderful season on the field, our middle school soccer team had an equally incredible night on the stage! We were so proud to see their confidence and poise as they showed the same level of skill with figurative language and meter that they do with passing and dribbling on the soccer pitch.

Their original poetry focused on the many challenges of adolescence, their feelings around complex gender dynamics and societal expectations, and the escape they find on the soccer field. Oh yeah, and did we mention they took home the second place trophy overall?!!! We’re so proud of this amazing group of kids, grateful for the expert and tireless guidance of Coaches Parson and Pel, and appreciative of all of the families that supported them over the last two months.

Special thanks also to DC SCORES for another amazing Poetry Slam, and congrats to KIPP DC WILL Academy for taking home the 1st place trophy!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 11/15/2023

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Acea

What her students say: “Ms. Acea has an amazing personality! Class is never dull. She makes learning fun, and I actually remember what we learn because of all the different activities she comes up with. Plus, her style is… unique, lol. A couple of weeks ago I saw her wear a Renaissance gown at school.”

No one brings history alive the way that Ms. Acea does! Her World History students had the chance to drink suutei tsai tea (with or without horse’s blood!) during her unit on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, dabble in aspects of Mayan magic as they studied mesoamerican civilizations, experience aspects of World War I warfare during a simulation, sample candy made from durian fruit during a study of trade routes through Asia, and much more. She brings so much thoughtfulness, love, and learning to her students each day, and we couldn’t be happier to shout her out with this week’s spotlight!

If there’s someone on our incredible staff that you would like to see featured in our Staff Spotlight, go to the link in our bio and then click on the blue button at the bottom of the screen.


Staff Spotlight: Nia Cloyd

What her students say: “Ms. Cloyd is the most patient and understanding teacher I’ve ever had. No matter what kind of day us kids are having, she’s always supportive and pushes us to do our best.”

Ms. Cloyd is a non-stop force to be reckoned with! She’s in the classroom as a teacher all day and then spends most evenings back in the classroom extending her own learning with night school. She brings an inspirational level of joy, commitment, and love to her students and colleagues each and every day, and we’re thrilled to honor her with this week’s spotlight!

If there’s someone on our incredible staff that you would like to see featured in our Staff Spotlight, go to the link in our bio and then click on the blue button at the bottom of the screen.

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 11/04/2023

Cycle 1 is in the books! Thank you to staff, students, and families for a great closeout to our first term.

This cycle, our middle schoolers focused on the interdisciplinary theme of “Power.” Last week they explored magnetic fields and used magnets to create a flow of electrical power (electricity), and today they presented culminating projects of personal interest exploring the evolution of power structures throughout aspects of society and history. We learned about the dynamics of power in topics ranging from woman’s suffrage to disco music to abortion rights to English Premier League soccer and much, much more.

Today our High School Student Council also launched its “First Fridays” initiative with a party after school, and we know it’s just the first of many more student-designed celebrations to come.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Cycle 2!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 10/31/2023

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Daejah

What her students say: “Ms. Daejah is an amazing teacher. She takes her time to explain things and make sure we understand before moving on. She has a lot of patience and we can tell that she cares!”

Ms. Daejah hails from Philadelphia, PA, and is a graduate of Lincoln and Johns Hopkins University. She serves as our Eco 1 STEM teacher and STEM Department Chair. Additionally, she is an alum of and is in the process of earning her Adolescent Diploma through the Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teachers Education Program . Her passion for science and technology makes STEM lessons engaging for her students, fueling their curiosity as they explore the wonders of the universe. Her support and encouragement have shaped students into fearless problem solvers, not just by being their guide but also as a mentor.

If there’s someone on our incredible staff that you would like to see featured in our Staff Spotlight, go to the link in our bio and then click on the blue button at the bottom of the screen.

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 10/30/2023

An astronaut, a walking strawberry, an alien, some superheroes… just another day at Sojourner Truth Montessori PCS.

Thank you to our amazing student government members (and their equally amazing sponsors, Ms. Baskerville and Ms. Hunte) for all of the work that went into today’s Fall Festival! A special shout-out to families that donated items (or their time as chaperones), to our Drama team (under the direction of Mr. Nwana and Ms. A) for playing characters in our haunted house, and for ALL of our staff that supported with music, food, face-painting, hot chocolate, apple cider, pumpkin painting, and more. Our 3rd annual Fall Festival was a spooktacular success, and a great way to kick off our final week of the 1st Term!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 10/16/2023

Go Truth, and Go Spirit! Thank you so much to for rolling out the red carpet for our Truth PCS soccer team at today’s Washington Spirit game at Audi Field. Here’s a selfie with , star of not only the Spirit but also the U.S. Women’s National Team! A special thank you to Coach Parson and Pel for organizing tonight’s event - and for your ongoing commitment to our kids and families.


Staff Spotlight: Ms. Taé

What her students say: “Ms. Taé is so patient! She always takes extra time to help us one on one, and she breaks things down that I don’t think I’d be able to understand without her. And she does an amazing job of co-running GSA [Gender-Sexuality Alliance], which makes me want to keep going!”

Do you have someone you’d like to see spotlighted? We have an amazing staff at Truth, and we want to make sure they see and hear the appreciation they deserve! If you want to highlight a staff member at Truth, go to the link in the comments and then click on the blue button at the bottom of the screen.


Try It Friday! Today our students got to taste test esquites, or Mexican street corn in a cup, with all of the dressings. Cotija cheese, jalapeños, limes and (a crowd favorite) flaming hot cheetos for a little extra flavor! 🔥🌶️

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 09/22/2023

Truth’s football team is a force to be reckoned with! We want to give a big shout-out to our flag football team for an incredible 2-0 start to what we know will be an amazing season. Grit, discipline, strength, determination, and commitment can be seen in each of our athletes and we are so grateful for what they bring on the field, in the classroom, and as people. Special thanks to Coaches Colbert, Waller, and Warrick for their leadership. Go Truth!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 09/16/2023

A new season of sports has begun! A big shout out to everyone supporting our fall teams - volleyball, soccer, cross country, cheer, and flag football. Our first games and meets are coming up this week and next, and we can’t wait to see you in action. Get some rest this weekend, Truth athletes and coaches, we have a big week ahead of us!


As you already know, we have some incredible teachers at Truth, but today we wanted to shout out two of our founding teachers who have joined our Leadership Team this year! Gabby Abbondanza is serving as our Director of Curriculum & Coaching, and Rodger Perkins is our Assistant Principal. While many may miss having them as classroom teachers, we are thrilled that they are now able to expand their influence and support both students and teachers in school-wide capacities as we continue to grow our school. Both hold AMS Montessori Secondary diploma credentials and will use their expertise in continuing to increase the quality of the learning experience for all of us at Truth. Thank you, Ms. A and Dr. P, for three years of incredible service to our community, and we cannot wait to see what you are able to do this year and beyond!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 09/07/2023

Oh, hi Facebook! School started last week! We forgot to tell you. Our students knew about it though… 😃 Here are some of our middle schoolers at recess! Don’t worry… more posts are coming soon. We’re looking forward to another great school year!


The full team for SY23-24 is in the house! The energy is high and the countdown for our first day of school is on. This is going to be an incredible year at Truth!


The first Community Meeting of the new school year! Today is our new staff orientation and we are thrilled about every single one of the newest members of the Truth team. We can’t wait for you to meet them and for your students to work with them! Here’s to another incredible year!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 06/22/2023

School’s out for summer! Truth’s third year as a school is now *officially* in the books. We spent this afternoon reflecting and celebrating the 22-23 school year together at , and we are thankful for the unique and wonderful group of teachers we sent home afterwards for some well-deserved rest and recuperation. After a year that found our students soaring to new heights, we hope our teachers enjoy the break! We’re grateful that some of the best educators in the District have found their home at Truth.

Photos from DC Public Charter School Board's post 06/21/2023

Thanks for the shout out DC Public Charter School Board!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 06/17/2023

We have taken SY22-23 to the hoop! Our third ever field day included annual staples such as the student-staff kickball and basketball games! (Don’t worry kids, some day you may actually beat us - or at least make it a close game!😂) DJ Faith was playing new tunes as well as some classics as we danced the morning away. We’re so grateful for such an amazing community of students, families, and staff, and we’re going to miss you all over the summer!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 06/15/2023

We’ve been doing a lot of celebrating this week as we wrap up another amazing year at Truth! Today we took a trip to Sandy Point State Park where we swam, played, ate, and had a fantastic time. A big shout out to all of our staff and students who helped to make today’s Middle School trip to the beach a great one!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 06/11/2023

So much joy and so much LOVE!! Today, we had the opportunity to walk in the Capital Pride Parade! This year’s theme was “Peace, Love, & Revolution” and our students, staff, families, and our shuttle bus(!!) were decked out for the occasion. Our Gender Sexuality Alliance planned and prepared for the event with Ms. Baskerville, writing notes of encouragement to hand out as they walked through the parade route. It was a beautiful day and event and we can’t wait for next year! Happy Pride!

Photos from Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School's post 06/05/2023

Today some of our students were able to go to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center () and experience four different stations: Marsh Hike, Oysters, Seining, and the Microscope Lab. At SERC, Truth students challenged their mind, body, and soul while catching sea creatures with their hands and enter the water waist deep! We learned so many cool facts including that Harriet Tubman used marshes as a part of the underground railroad. Thank you to Neda, Ty, Shaka, Sue, Liz, Kelly, and Jordan for organizing and chaperoning!


Go Truth! We’re incredibly proud of our soccer team, who brought home a 2nd place trophy in the tournament today! Special shout out to the incomparable Coach Waller, all of our incredible athletes (including some of our 8th graders who came back from this week’s camping trip and went directly to the tournament!), their families, and everyone who has supported them throughout the year. Congrats also to our friends at for taking home 1st place, and to everyone else who competed.

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