What We Do

The mission of The Fishing School is to prepare elementary and middle school students for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills; and engaging them and their parents in intensive, multi-year, and research-based out of school time and parent engagement programs and activities.

"If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime."

At The Fishing School, these words are more than just an old adage; they form the foundation of our award-winning programming for underserved youth in Washington, DC. For over 25 years, our academic afterschool, summer, and parent engagement programs have supported more than 7,000 youth and their families.


Youth and families served since 1990


Students served daily

Our Programs

The Fishing School works to bridge the achievement gap and provide access and opportunity to children and families who deserve better. We know that with the proper interventions in elementary and middle school, students can succeed into high school and beyond. Learn more about our program offerings: