Alumni Spotlight: Christopher David Hammett '12
Christopher Hammett attended Eagle Academy for 6 years starting from PK4 in August 2007. During his time at Eagle Academy PCS he developed a love for reading, art and technology. Eagle was very innovative with student learning methods and even offered parent support to help children succeed at both home and school. Education truly understands how to facilitate partnerships between home and school.
Chris graduated from Eagle in June of 2012, the first 3rd grade graduating class. I feel that Eagle offered a robust learning environment that truly helped him to excel both academically and creatively.
Christopher loves to read, some of his favorite series in elementary were the Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney and The Middle School Series by James Patterson.
Christopher is now in the 2017 eighth grade graduation class of Stuart-Hobson Middle School. From the time Christopher was in the third grade until 2015 he participated in the Districts standardized testing systems. The first was The DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DCCAS) where he consistently scored proficient in reading and basic in Math. In 2016 Christopher participated in The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test where he scored in the top 35% among students in the District for English Language Arts (ELA). Christopher is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) English and is currently reading on an eleventh grade level according to the Scholastic Reading Inventory Assessment (SRI). His reading comprehension level in 2017 indicates a college and career readiness reading level. Christopher was selected to participate in the Stuart-Hobson Middle School Academic Core Enrichment (ACE) Program because of his 2015-16 PARCC scores. The ACE program is designed to provide the academic enrichment and skill support needed to boost student preparation for honors classes, as well as improve student PARCC test scores. Now that Christopher is in the third advisory, he is maintaining a 3.3 grade point average.
In the summer of 2017, Christopher was selected to attend a Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp on a college campus for five days. The program is designed for students to gain a competitive edge for college and beyond with real-world tech skill and portfolio-ready projects.
Christopher was accepted to DaMatha Catholic High School in Washington, DC because of his academic achievements but decided to attend The Washington Leadership Academy instead because of their innovative technology program in computer science and coding. Over the years, Christopher has developed a true passion for both technology and the arts. He plans to attend one of the top ranking universities for a degree in computer information systems after graduating high school in 2021. His major will be computer technology with a minor in graphic design or architecture.
Achievements and Experience
In April of 2012 Eagle Academy PCS sponsored a third grade class trip to see the historic flight of the shuttle discovery over DC. This exposure impacted Christopher’s later decision to attend the 2014 US Space and Rocket Center Space Camp.
Throughout his six years at Eagle Academy PCS, technology was always integrated into student learning. This helped peak his interest in coding. Christopher has attended a number of Apple Camps throughout 2013-14. He has also attended a C3 cyber club coding course at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on Pennsylvania Avenue, Capitol Hill in the District.
Eagle Academy focuses heavily on the social emotional growth of children. In 2012, Christopher participated in the making of the school’s documentary by contributing an early learners perspective on the 2012 Presidential elections. This documentary premiered at the Atlas Theater in Washington, DC on December 20, 2012.
Eagle offers an amazing Arts program. This program helped to develop Christopher’s talents in drawing. The Arts teacher took a personal interest in him and even purchased his first portfolio book to showcase his artwork. Christopher received honorable mention at Watkins Elementary School for this same artwork in 2013.