The Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation exists to support Eagle Academy Public Charter School and make possible its commitment to providing a high-quality education to every child. We do this by investing in STEAM, technology, and SPED; supporting efforts to care for the “whole child”; giving back to the community; and exposing Eagle students to the possibilities of their future. Our goal is to help expand the horizons of Eagle students by giving them access to opportunities normally outside of their reach. 

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Washington Post, John Woodrow Cox

April 20, 2017

"Eagle’s founders had opened the pre-k through third-grade public charter in 2012 because of the struggles in Congress Heights, not in spite of them. They knew what the growing body of research showed: Chronic exposure to violence could disrupt a child’s brain development and inflict profound mental and emotional damage. At Eagle, a place where so many of its students live in poverty that everyone gets three free meals a day, the staff doesn’t come to work just to teach lessons from books." [Read More

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Eagle Academy Founder and Executive Director, Cassandra Pinkney, passed away on September 30, 2016. Known for her unwavering dedication and love for children, Cassandra spent four decades educating and advocating for underprivileged students. In 2003, she partnered with Dr. Joe Smith to start Eagle Academy, the first exclusively early-childhood public charter school in DC. Cassandra’s legacy will live on through the school she left behind. Her passion for providing high-quality programs to low-income students is reflected in Eagle Academy, and it is our hope to continue her life’s work for years to come.

Through the creation of the Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation, we will expand on Cassandra’s vision to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.


We are still preparing for the official launch of the Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation, but are currently accepting donations. Eagle students are capable of changing the world. Your generosity helps them get started.


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Karen Alston


*The Cassandra S. Pinkney Foundation is a program of Eagle Academy PCS (EIN 72-0718215)