Parent's Newsletter


A Message from Friendship’s Chief Executive Officer


My Friends at Ideal Academy PCS, 

For the past 20 years, Ideal Academy Public Charter School and Friendship Public Charter School have tirelessly served the students of the District of Columbia. From the early days, our organizations have been driven by a shared mission to ensure our city’s most underserved children receive a high-quality education in a supportive and nurturing environment. 

Together, Ideal and Friendship have a lot to be proud of. We can be proud of the successes of students and alumni. We can be proud of the commitment and dedication of our staff. We can be proud of the vision of our founders who believe in the potential and promise of every child. I am also proud that today Friendship and Ideal can partner to ensure the continuation of Ideal for the families of Washington, D.C.

As you may know, last night, the PCSB unanimously voted to approve the formal partnership for Friendship PCS to operate the Ideal Academy campus as of the 2019-2020 school year. Friendship will work hand in hand with you to deliver on the Ideal mission with the resources and supports of a multi-campus school network.

I 'm encouraged by the endorsement of Ideal alumna and Friendship Collegiate senior Ednetta Fullmore: “As part of the Friendship Early College Academy, I had the opportunity to take 4 Advanced Placement courses, passing 3 out of 4 exams with a 3 or better score, dual enrollment courses at Arizona State University and Granite College. Friendship also has a partnership with the OSSE Summer Enrichment Program that allowed me to attend Barnard College this past summer. Most exciting of all my experiences at Collegiate, I have been awarded a Posse Scholarship and will be attending Lafayette College in the Fall 2019.” 

She concludes her endorsement by saying, “Friendship has a proven track record of preparing students for life and to become lifelong learners to contribute activity to their community. Friendship has made me far more focused and driven. Because I have had an opportunity to do so many things under Friendship, it has made me want to “grind” and have a better understanding that I can do anything that I can imagine. I endorse Friendship’s partnership with Ideal Academy. I am excited to even think that Friendship may have my four siblings, three who presently attend Ideal Academy and one who will be attending next year. I know that with them starting Friendship earlier, they can do even greater things.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will join with students, families and staff to explore your hopes and dreams for Friendship Ideal. As we embrace a new year, let us be emboldened by the promise of doing “even greater things” for the families of Ideal.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but anything good always is. 

I wish you much rest and relaxation with your family and friends during this time of year. 


Patricia A. Brantley, CEO

Friendship Public Charter School
1400 First Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
Main: 202-281-1700
Asst: 202-281-1784


January 30, 2019



Ideal Parents and Guardians,

For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting in person, I would like to introduce myself to you as the Interim Head of School for the remainder of this school year.  For your context, I have worked with Friendship Public Charter School for over 10 years serving in various roles from Assistant Principal and Principal of the Friendship Southeast campus, Chief Academic Officer, and Director.  Yet, I am most honored to lead the charge of “Finishing Strong” with results for your child. 

Each month, I will work with our team to provide a newsletter outlining upcoming events and information you need to know.  Please find highlights for the month of February outlined on the back of this letter for your review and planning.  We will also reflect news and updates on our website,, for your convenience.  I look forward to meeting and working with you soon.

Onward and Upward,



Joseph E. Speight, Jr.

Interim Head of School

Our Three BIG Rocks or Priorities

Finishing the school year strong means we must prioritize what matters most for our scholars – LEARNING, ACHIEVING, and GROWING.  To meet or advance our goals, we have prioritized the following “BIG Rocks” to guide our efforts for the remainder of this school year.

  • Time on Task (LEARN) - Efficient use of EVERY minute designed to maximize learning and improve academic results of scholars.
  • Enriching School Culture (ACHIEVE) - Clear routines and initiatives that enhance school culture, promote a love for leaning and highlight the achievements of scholars.
  • High, Quality Instruction (GROW) - Effective instructional practices and on-going assessments designed to promote scholar mastery and growth.

Revised Schedule

In order to accomplish our “BIG Rocks,” the master schedule has been revised.  We need your support to ensure that your child does not miss a minute of instruction.  Effective Monday, February 4th

  • 7:50 – 8:00:Doors of the building will be open to all scholars and our Community Meeting will take place in the cafeteria.Your child will not want to miss this time of excitement, chants, and fun!
  • 8:20:Breakfast will not be served after this time
  • 3:00-3:40:No early dismissals, please – WE NEED EVERY MINUTE TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING!