Our Team is working hard to bring our first Annual Step Competition to the High and Middle School students of the District of Columbia.  By using the discipline and cultural facets of the expressive tradition of stepping, The Arch, Inc. will improve and develop participants by enhancing:

  • Academic Performance
  • Personal Character
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Physical Conditioning

We are a volunteer driven, youth program that uses the historical and cultural performance of STEP in order to enrich the lives of the District of Columbia youth while assisting in the development of essential skills necessary in order to become successful, productive collegiate scholars and future leaders of America.  The Arch Inc. will use the disciplinary, historic, and cultural aspects of step throughout the development of our youth.  The Arch Inc.’s mission is to inspire our youth to succeed within our program while linking students up with collegiate students and graduates in order to gear them towards pursuing a higher education.  Through the acts of community service, our youth will gain a sense of civic responsibility by venturing out into District of Columbia and assisting different organizations and areas of our community.

Our team won’t be able to do this without you!!  We need your help. If you CAN’T give your time, we still need your assistance.  Donate using the link https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/dRF1e?psid=ca58a9f5cca64d8ab616ad7deedbfe7d

Are you interested in creating a team at your school in the DC area? Are you a school in the DC area that already has a step team?  Would you like to volunteer?! Tell us your thoughts, ideas, and just let us know what you want to see!!! Complete the Contact Form Below….


By Gerod A.O. Blue

Graduation is an aspect of school that everyone looks forward to.  But, is graduating always enough?  Does it matter which middle school, high school, or college you graduate from?

The Washington Post recently published an article entitled, “Graduates from low-performing D.C. schools face tough college road”.  The article follows recent D.C. high school graduates who are concerned that they may not be good enough for college.  Johnathon Carrington, a recent graduate of the Dunbar High School asserts, “I don’t think I’m going to fail everything…but I think I’m going to be a bit behind.”

 Shocking observation, but true.  College students who have graduated from low-performing high schools find their transition into college as one shocking and ego-shattering one.  Though Carrington was able to graduate as Valedictorian, is he truly ready to take on college?  It happens to all inner-city high school graduates at several different times.  The Washington Post writes:

“For Sache Collier, it meant writing her first research paper. For Darryl Robinson, it meant realizing that professors expected original ideas, not just regurgitated facts. For Angelica Wardell, who grew up going to school almost exclusively with African American students, it meant taking classes with whites and Asians.”

Sache Collier, the 2011 valedictorian at Ballou Senior High in Southeast Washington, said the first thing she noticed when she arrived at Penn State University was how intently her fellow students paid attention during class.

Parents often want their kids to do well in school and look forward to them obtaining a college degree.   But, can distractions and low-graduation rates cause a problem, even for children who want to do well?  In D.C. nearly two-thirds of the District’s high school graduates enroll in college and of those who enroll, 38 percent earn a degree within five years.

Our problems stem from experiences in schools.  What are issues that city school officials and community leaders can address in order to fix the problem?  Is it the need for more rigorous academics?  Matthew Stuart, an AP English teacher at Dunbar, attributed students’ lack of college preparation in part to the city’s focus on annual standardized tests that demand little critical thinking or problem-solving.

What are some changes we can make in order to fix our education system?


We are planning to have our FIRST ANNUAL step competition here in D.C. and are looking for dedicated step teams to join the competition.  If you know of a high school in DC looking to join the step competition or if you want to begin one at a high, email us at info@thearchinc.org and we will contact you with more information.