By Miles Taylor, House 2005

This fall Washington Leadership Academy (WLA), a new DC-based charter high school founded by two former House Pages and inspired partly by the Capitol Page Programs, celebrated two exciting milestones. First the school opened its doors in a beautiful facility in the city, welcoming 100+ fulltime freshmen. Eventually, WLA will scale up to 400 students focused on immersive civic and technology education and engaged in service-learning experiences in government and beyond.

Second, WLA was named one of the top ten most innovative high schools in America by the XQ Super School Project, receiving a $10 million grant. The award, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, offers WLA an historic opportunity to expand its ambitions of training the next generation of American leaders. Students and faculty celebrated the announcement in Washington, DC with nine other winning schools, who were presented their awards with a message from President Obama and visits from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), celebrities, top entrepreneurs, and other notable civic leaders.

WLA was co-founded by Seth Andrews (House ‘95) and Miles Taylor (House ‘05).