About Briya

Research proves that children’s school achievements are linked to their parents’ literacy and education levels.

That’s why we educate parents and children together to promote family well-being and success in school and life.

Briya Public Charter School educates adults and young children in Washington, D.C.

Our unique two-generation model includes:

  • Early Childhood Education
    Early childhood education for children six weeks through five years old.
  • Adult Education
    Basic through advanced English classes for immigrant parents, the National External Diploma Program, and workforce development programs.
  • Family Integration
    Family integration, consisting of child development lessons and co-education times for parents and their young children

A High-Quality Accredited Program

Briya is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The school was most recently re-accredited in 2018 for the standard seven-year period, running through 2025. As part of the accreditation process, Briya created and is implementing a strategic plan to guide continuous school improvement efforts, utilizing the Excellence by Design protocol.

Who We Serve

The countries of origin for Briya students and staff, 2020-21 school year.

Today, Briya serves over 950 adult and early childhood students at four school locations. Students and staff come from over 50 countries, embodying Briya’s values of multiculturalism and inclusivity.

Mission

Briya’s mission is to strengthen families through culturally responsive two-generation education.

Our two-generation approach to education recognizes that parents are children’s first and most important teachers. As parents’ literacy and educational levels increase, so does their children’s academic success.

Values

Learner-Centeredness

We believe that every adult and child can learn and is worthy of high-quality education. As students share their needs and daily realities, teachers intentionally craft lessons to help them achieve their goals in a warm, supportive classroom environment. We are committed to excellence, and continually adapt and incorporate cutting-edge educational practices to improve student experiences and outcomes.

Inclusiveness

We welcome and celebrate people of all countries, cultures, races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, native languages, and life experiences as part of one Briya family. Every student and staff member brings a unique and valuable contribution to the school community, and we care deeply for each individual.

Trust

We strive to create a place of safety and confidentiality for all. We believe that people learn, work, and grow best in an environment where they can be open and honest about their hopes, challenges, and priorities.

Collaboration

We know our outcomes are stronger when we work together. We are committed to strategic and agile collaboration on all levels—between staff and students, between school departments, between us and our many community partners—because doing so increases our families’ holistic success.

Equity

Our work is driven by the belief that educational and socioeconomic equality are fundamental human rights.

History of Briya Public Charter School

Research proves that as parents’ literacy and educational levels increase, so does their children’s academic success. At Briya, families are not merely participants in the school; they are the architects of it. Briya’s growth over the past 30 years has been in response to the needs and wishes of the families it serves.

    • Founded as Even Start, a US Department of Education demonstration project offering two-generation education
    • Forms strategic partnership with Mary’s Center and establishes a shared Social Change Model
    • Named a model education site by the US Department of Education
    • Becomes a D.C. Public Charter School
    • Launches the Child Development Associate Program
    • Offers a high school diploma pathway through the National External Diploma Program
    • First accreditation by Middle States Association
    • Opens third school site in Petworth/Georgia Avenue
    • Launches the Medical Assistant Program
    • Named a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics*
    • Opens fourth school site in Fort Totten, sharing a building with Mary’s Center and Bridges PCS
    • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Briya launches a PreK outdoor learning program and virtual learning for adults

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