Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) was unanimously approved by the DC Public Charter School Board to open Fall 2018.
DPA will be a tuition free public school in Ward 7 of Washington, DC.
We are committed to the career and college readiness of all our students. DPA will grow the analytic, creativity, and computational thinking of our students, as we prepare them for college and high demand careers. Seats to high-quality innovative schools go quick! Want to be the first to receive school enrollment updates? Sign up by clicking the I'm In button below.
Empowering Washington, DC
The challenges facing students east of the Anacostia River are twofold. Oftentimes, school is un-engaging and lacks rigor, combined with a sense from students that attending school doesn’t correlate to a viable, high-wage job. Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) will educate all students, specifically high-need students, at high levels by ensuring all teaching and learning is infused with computer science and coding. DPA is a new school serving students in grades six for Fall 2018.
21st Century Success
Every child will take a rigorous computer science course starting in the 6th grade. Throughout grades 6 through 12, our pedagogy and content model are infused with coding and computer science, with a focus on programming projects that require cross-disciplinary skills and habits of mind to successfully master.
Real World Learning
DPA emphasizes real-world application of academic learning, work experiences and comprehensive support services to address the individual needs of all students. Students will be exposed to real-world workplaces and careers through DPA’s summer jobs program and will learn professional skills such as presenting, working in a professional setting, working in a group to achieve a shared goal and other skills needed to thrive in a 21st Century career.
DPA will combine best practices from successful schools across the country utilizing an innovative and rigorous computer science education model to create a personalized academic experience. Through computer science and the tools of technology, DPA students will be prepared to graduate from four- year colleges and universities.
About Our Founder
Mashea M. Ashton
Mashea Ashton is the Founder and CEO of Digital Pioneers Academy, a new school proposed for Washington, DC in Fall 2018. Mashea recently returned to the Washington, DC area after spending the last 20 years implementing and scaling best practices in urban education across the country.
Mostly recently, Mashea served as the CEO of the Newark Charter School Fund, where she oversaw a $48 million initiative to support the quality growth of charter schools. Mashea previously served as the executive director for the New York Program for New Leaders for New Schools. Mashea has also served as the executive director for Charter Schools for the New York City Department of Education and the national director of recruitment and selection for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). She began her career as a special education teacher in Williamsburg, VA and Washington, DC.
Mashea has a M.Ed. in special education with an emphasis on learning disabilities and emotional disturbance and a B.A. in sociology and elementary education from the College of William and Mary. She and her husband are the proud parents of twins who are kindergarteners.
The mission of Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) is to develop the next generation of innovators. We prepare students to meet or exceed the highest academic standards, while cultivating the strength of character necessary to both graduate from four-year colleges and thrive in 21st century careers.
DPA will be a rigorous, engaging college-prep middle and high school (6th-12th grade) preparing students in southeast Washington, D.C., with the education necessary to be innovators in the digital economy and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. DPA will combine best practices from successful schools across the country utilizing an innovative and rigorous computer science education model to create a personalized academic experience.