In Loving Memory - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

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Richard "Dick" England - 1920-2013
Catherine "Cathy" England - 1948-2015

Dick, who passed away on April 1, 2013, remains a towering figure and an exemplary model of leadership for our school community and the District. As we celebrate our young scholars tonight, we do so in large part because of the legacy of Dick England. Not only do we owe our beautiful campus to the resolve and generosity of Dick and his wonderful wife Lois, the England family’s sustained committment to CHEC has also made it possible for countless students to pursue higher education.

On November 28, 2015, Dick and Lois’ eldest daughter, Cathy England, died peacefully surrounded by her family. She is the beloved mother of Ryan Peugh, Evan Peugh, and his wife Leah Gelb; sister of Nonie (Joan) Akman and her husband Larry Akman, and Rick England and his wife Diana England. As President of the family foundation, Cathy presided over a series of targeted after school grants that accelerated the transformation of the Lincoln Middle School into one of the DC Public School‘s most successful middle schools.
Bell Multicultural High School serves students in grades 9-12 and is the upper division of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC). CHEC is a bilingual, world cultures and early-college campus in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

CHEC serves 1,400 students in grades 6-12, 100% of whom qualify for free and reduced price lunch. CHEC is 63% Hispanic, 33% Black, 2% Asian, 1% White, and 1% from other ethnicities.

CHEC’s mission is to develop college-ready, technologically fluent and competent graduates who are articulate in multiple languages, familiar withthe global economy, ready to serve as cultural ambassadors, and poised to lead their communities in the quest for social justice.

CHEC is joined in this effort by its nonprofit partner, Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), a community-based 501(c)(3) entity that operates special programs in support of the students at CHEC.

  • 100% of the Class of 2016 received college acceptance letters

  • 17 Advanced Placement courses offered

  • 3 seniors received George Washington University’s all expenses paid Trachtenberg Scholarship

  • 2 seniors received the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which pays for undergrad through PhD.

  • #1 ranking in the 2016 Washington Post Challenge Index as D.C’s most rigorous college preparatory program for low-income students

  • #1 ranked hospitality academy by the National Academy Foundation.
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