Like most students his age, Jean Paul Zephir, a sophomore at The Kingsbury School, enjoys playing a wide range of sports, listening to music and hanging out with his friends.
But unlike most students his age, when asked what he likes about his school, he is quick to respond with a long list of accolades. He describes his school as a great learning environment and his teachers as being cool and great. It is obvious that Jean Paul has enjoyed his past eight years as a Kingsbury student.
During the 2001 school year, Kingsbury relocated to a 57,000-square-foot building in the Carter Barron neighborhood. From Jean Paul’s perspective, “the new location feels more like a real school- we actually have lockers, and a basketball court. We don’t have to eat in our classrooms anymore, and there are a lot more peoplenew students and teachers.”
In existence since 1938, Kingsbury offers students with learning difficulties alternative ways of learning and expressing themselves. As demand steadily grew for their services, Kingsbury outgrew their Dupont Circle location and with the help of LISC, moved to the former Dickson Mansion on the 5000 block of14th Street N.W.
The new location made it possible to add grades 9 and 10, and they plan to offer grades 11 and 12 consecutively over the next two years. It also allowed Kingsbury to expand their library, tutoring and diagnostic testing services, while offering two computer labs and a science lab for increased learning opportunities. In addition, they have an expanded physical education program where teams scrimmage against other area schools.
Since the move over two years ago, enrollment has increased substantially, the number of staff has tripled, and Kingsbury continues to look for new and innovative ways to serve children with alternative learning needs.
In 2005, after more than 50 years of service and vision, Kingsbury will graduate their first high school senior class ever. That day will be cause for celebration for Jean Paul as he receives his high school graduation diploma.