Letter from Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Richard Trogisch

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by Leslie Pace

Dear School Without Walls Parents and Guardians:

Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Public Schools will soon announce the expansion of School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens to the Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, located at 1050 21st Street, NW. With the opportunity to reopen the building to serve more DC Public Schools families, we wanted to partner with the city to expand the School Without Walls community. The historic building is being modernized so that when its doors reopen, we will be able to comfortably and safely suit the needs of students from across the city.

School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens is a rigorous, high-performing school. In a relatively short time, we have increased student enrollment; made gains on the 2016 PARCC assessment; offered high-quality coursework including art, music, and Latin; and built strong community partnerships. So many of these accomplishments are possible because of an engaged parent community that supports its teachers, principal, and staff.

For School Year 2016-2017, School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens served hundreds of students from PreK-3 through 8th grade. With the expansion into Stevens Elementary School, we’re excited for the opportunity to serve even more students from across the District.

Principal Trogisch, with my support, will work with you, the parents and community of School Without Walls, as well as the Home and School Association, to determine how best to leverage this building to expand programming. Please join this year’s back-to school night on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. as we discuss program expansion options.

With your help, we’re confident that this expansion will benefit current and new students alike. We look forward to working with you all.


Antwan Wilson
DC Public Schools

Richard Trogisch
School Without Walls