The Angelou Literacy Academy provides young women with an enriching and challenging curriculum to help them grow to reach their full potential.

Established in 2003 to teach young girls in the D.C. area a love for literacy with an alternative foundational magnet school.

Mascot - Maya the Owl

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”

Total Enrollment: 244 students (approximately 40 per grade)

1:14 teacher-student ratio

21% free and reduced lunch

Student-teacher breakfasts

Math/Science - 73% proficient

ELA - 88% proficient

Diverse student body

School Traditions

  • Morning meetings in classrooms daily
  • School-wide rally on Friday mornings
  • Student leadership development and ambassador programs
  • Student-teacher breakfasts
  • After school enrichment programs


Now enrolling students from several area school districts.

Students admitted on rolling basis each spring.

Admissions interview with a strong focus on benchmark scores.

Applicants tested using literacy and reading level predictors and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), a 30 minute, culturally-neutral test to identify nonverbal reasoning and general problem solving skills.

37% admitted


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