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We are Kwenda Collegiate Girls.
We help our girls go places (namely, college).

Kwenda means “go” in Swahili. Our girls deserve an education that provides the knowledge, skills, and habits to “go” wherever they want to in life—from college, to the boardroom, to the White House. We are committed to educating young women in kindergarten through eighth grade in an academically rigorous, structured, and supportive community that prepares all students to graduate from college with the courage to lead.



Kwenda Collegiate Girls Charter School is a proposed, K-8 tuition-free public charter school for the young women of Brooklyn.


Our Core Beliefs


College begins
in kindergarten

We are a college-focused community because we know a college preparatory education empowers students with choice.


Whole child = academics + social emotional learning

We will adopt a curriculum to support students in developing the leadership skills they need to thrive.


One school,
one family

We are more than a school, we are a family, and we take our partnership with families and the community seriously.


Literacy is

A love of reading
unlocks a lifetime of learning. We spend extra time on reading, writing, and building oral communication skills.


Start with girls in mind

A girl-centered school helps young women develop personal voice and the courage to lead. 


Excellent teachers, excellent results

Our teachers will receive weekly coaching and development.

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Increase Access for BK GIrls

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