Briya student honored with national award

Briya student Marlene Arias Gutierrez was recently named the 2022 Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year by the Coalition on Basic Education (COABE), a national organization focused on advancing adult literacy.   Marlene was honored at COABE’s national conference on April 13th.   “I am here because I was the student who never talked in class, but who was invested in by her classmates and […]

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Briya pre-K experience impacts former student’s success

When she was two years old, Michelle Vasquez headed off to class at Briya together with her mother, Evelyn Lopez: Michelle to her early childhood class, and Evelyn to basic-level English class.   Fast forward twenty years, and Michelle is about to graduate from Trinity University, with a job offer already secured—and Evelyn credits Michelle’s […]

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Briya Staff are 100% Vaccinated!

Briya Public Charter School is pleased to announce that 100% of staff are fully vaccinated for Covid-19. Briya began vaccinating staff in January 2021 through the school’s partnership with Mary’s Center. As essential workers in a school that had partial in-person instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Briya staff were one of the first groups eligible to receive the vaccine. Most staff agreed […]

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Briya student Alma participates in National Parent Leader Institute

In fall 2020, Briya student Alma participated in the National Parent Leader Institute, a month-long workshop about community organizing hosted by Innovate Public Schools. Alma joined parents from across the country to build leadership skills. As a parent, Alma sees the importance of advocacy and community organizing, not just for herself but for her daughter. […]

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Briya Successfully Advocates for a Child Lottery Preference

Yizel Romero and her daughter, Daniella, attend school together at Briya – Yizel is studying for her Child Development Associate credential and Daniella is in prekindergarten. Together they participate in Family Time and benefit from our school’s extensive wraparound supports. This two- or dual-generation approach to working with families is foundational to Briya’s success and […]

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Briya English teacher wins 2017 teacher excellence award

Judy Kittleson, one of Briya’s English teachers, was awarded the 2017 TIERific Teacher Excellence Award by the Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), which oversees all charter schools in the District. She was honored at a ceremony on December 11, 2017. This award recognizes an outstanding DC public charter school teacher who demonstrates dedication, excellence, […]

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Fourth class of medical assistant graduates celebrate accomplishments

“It is a privilege to be standing here tonight with you all celebrating our successes,” Enwet Abebe said, addressing her 19 fellow Medical Assistant Program graduates at a ceremony this December. “Our class was full of intensive work and fun,” Abebe, the class valedictorian, continued. “Do you remember what we felt during the practice sessions […]

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Fifth class of students enters Medical Assistant Program

“It is something I wanted to do and I’m finally doing it. I am helping and making a difference,” Shenell Williams, 2014 Medical Assistant Program graduate, reflected on her MA experience during a celebration on Wednesday, August 23. Proud family and friends gathered together to celebrate the induction of the fifth class of students into […]

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