Four D.C. schools were honored Tuesday for modeling high-quality programs and best practices that can be shared with a wider population of teachers and students. Capital City Public Charter Upper School, Cesar Chavez PCS (Bruce Prep campus), D.C. Prep PCS (Edgewood elementary campus) and Powell Elementary were named winners of the 2012 Quality Schools Initiative by Fight for Children, the non-profit founded by the late Joseph E. Robert, Jr.

Two of the winning schools are located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Ward 1. Capital City, which will graduate its first class of seniors in 2012, was cited for its commitment to educating the whole child with a strong academic and social curriculum “focused on teaching students to care about themselves, each other and their environment.” Cesar Chavez stresses literacy and mathematics in what Fight for Children called a disciplined school environment.

D.C. Prep (Ward 5) was praised for its early childhood programs and mission of “bridging the educational divide in Washington, D.C. by increasing the number of students from urban communities with academic preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges.”

Powell Elementary, in the Petworth community of Ward 4 was cited for its bilingual early learning and Tools of the Mind, an early childhood program with and emphasis on self-regulation and interpersonal skills.

The four schools, which will share $175,000 in award money, will be celebrated Friday evening at a gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.