In 2017 Mayor Bowser introduced a new vision for the District of Columbia Public Schools, A Capital Commitment which seeks to create a system of excellence, equity, and love for all DCPS’ students by 2022. Outlined in this strategic plan are six values (Students First, Equity, Excellence, Teamwork, Courage, and Joy), and five strategic priorities (promote equity, empower our people, ensure excellent schools, educate the whole child, and engage families). Implementing a culture of school-wide Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) is Bard DC’s way to fulfill Mayor Bowser’s Capital Commitment. Social and Emotional Learning is a term developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). SEL is not a program or curriculum; rather it is a practice that involves intentionality, vulnerability, and more importantly commitment from the entire Bard DC community. Together, we will work collaboratively to foster a positive school culture and climate where all staff and students can achieve personal, professional, and academic success through the acquisition and practice of social-emotional skills in the school building, in the community, and in the home.
We acknowledge that Bard DC students come from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. In addition to a rigorous academic schedule, students are encouraged to participate in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Like the academic program, student activities are driven by student leadership and student participation. All the clubs and activities at Bard DC are spearheaded by student interest. We encourage students to pursue their passions and faculty and staff are here to help facilitate that process.