Alumni Changing the World

Lauren Jonas ’01

Principal, Success Academy Charter Schools
Lauren began her work in education at Teach for America and eventually went on to become the principal of two Success Academy schools in Harlem in New York City.

Success Academy's dual mission is to “Build exceptional, world-class public schools that prove children from all backgrounds can succeed in college and life; and advocate across the country to change public policies that prevent so many children from having access to opportunity.”

According to Adrienne Biel, who nominated Lauren for the award, "Her schools have had amazing results for students, bringing them up multiple grade levels in a school year. Her dedication to her schools and their students is unparalleled."


4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007


4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.