The Hospitality High School of Washington, DC was founded in 1998 through a partnership between the Hotel Association of Washington, DC and other hospitality industry groups. The Washington Hospitality Foundation is a 501c3 organization that supports and manages the Hospitality High School. The mission of the Foundation and the High School is to ensure that students have access to an excellent educational program designed to promote success in college and in the hospitality industry.
The Hospitality High School requires that all students complete a full academic course load, as well as four credits in hospitality courses. Each year all of our students are exposed to the hospitality industry not only through course work, but through hands-on industry exposure. The students complete job shadowing, have guest speakers from across the hospitality industry, complete "soft skills" training and have both paid and unpaid internship opportunities, as well as compete for summer jobs in local hotels.
The school is a DC public charter school and is primarily funded through the Federal and State government, but is supplemented by grants from hotel companies and foundations.
Local hospitality industry partners provide over 5,000 hours of direct service to Hospitality High School on an annual basis.