Audrey Williams 301-351-6259 (c); 202-328-2748 (o)
with scheduled visits by Mayor Vincent C. Gray)
— Tens of
thousands of the District’s public school students will head to charter school
classrooms this week, ready to start another school year of high academic
performance. This year there are a total of 57 public charter schools
across more than 100 campuses. Charter school families will have more education
choice this year in four new charter schools. Meanwhile, 10 new school leaders
have joined eight schools, and nine schools are operating in new locations.
are excited to start another year and look forward to continued growth in the
performance of charter schools,” said Scott Pearson, executive director of the
DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB). “With the addition of four new schools,
we expect the number of students choosing charter schools to grow as it has
Creative Minds International, at 3224 16th
St NW in Ward 1, is the first public school in the city to offer the
International Primary Curriculum, including foreign language instruction in
Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, to students from pre-kindergarten to second grade
when it opens Monday August 27. “The International Primary Curriculum
makes learning fun for kids,” said Golnar Abedin, executive director and principal.
The school will also have a project and arts-based curriculum.
DC Scholars will open Monday August 27 in the
former DCPS Shadd Elementary School on 5601 East Capital St SE, in Ward 7, for
students from pre-kindergarten to third grade. The school, which will be
managed by Philadelphia-based
offers an extended school day and school year as part of its college-prep
curriculum. “We offer 33 percent more time in school because we want our
scholars to be over-prepared for high school,” said Rebecca Crouch, DC Scholars
principal. “We believe more time in front of effective instruction will
dramatically close the achievement gap.”
BASIS DC at 412 8th St NW in Ward 2
plans to offer what it describes as an academically rigorous liberal arts
college preparatory education. Students from across the city have enrolled. "I
hope students leave the first day wanting to come back for more," said
Principal Paul Morrissey. The school will open with grades 5 to 8 on Monday August
Gray is scheduled to visit BASIS DC on Tuesday August 28)
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Career Academy
is geared toward students ages 16 to 24 who may be behind academically. It will
offer GED courses and other classes and training including college-prep classes
to earn college credits. “Students are choosing to come to us because they
realize they need more education. We had 250 applications for 100 slots,”
said Angela Stepancic, principal. The school, located at 3047 15th
Street, NW in Ward 1, will open September 10.
best charter schools have strong leaders who create and maintain a charter
school’s unique education mission. This leadership role is even more critical
because charter schools operate as independent public schools. The following
schools are welcoming new leaders this year:
Mayor Gray scheduled to visit on Tuesday Aug 28
Cruz will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the DC Prep network of
schools in September, succeeding founding CEO Emily Lawson. Lawson, who steps
down after 10 years, will remain through December to assist with the transition
before joining DC Prep’s Board of Directors and assisting as a consultant.
Cruz, who has lived in the District for 17 years, comes
to DC Prep as a seasoned and accomplished leader with experience in
education reform and a successful 17-year management career in the non-profit
and for-profit sectors.
Weeden is the new principal of the
Campus, which has grades pre-kindergarten to 3rd. Weeden
was previously the principal of Chavez Parkside Middle School.
Shining Stars Montessori Academy
Brown has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the culturally infused
Montessori school with grades pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. Brown formerly
served as secretary on the school’s Board of Trustees.
Tree of Life
Holden is the new principal of the school, which has grades pre-kindergarten to
8th. Holden was previously assistant principal at DCPS’s Spingarn
scheduled to visit on Monday August 27
Jackson is the new principal at the New Jersey Ave. campus of the school, which
serves grades 1 - 3. She was previously assistant principal at Bluford Drew
Jemison STEM Academy Charter School in Baltimore.
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy
Waller is the new principal for both Parkside Middle & High school
campuses. Waller was previously the principal of Cesar Chavez - Parkside High
Integrated Design and Electronic Academy (IDEA)
Mumby is the new principal at IDEA, which has grades 7 -12. Mumby was
previously Dean of Students at DC Prep and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.
Goldman is the new executive director. Goldman was previously the
executive director at William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing
Imagine Hope Community – Lamond
Owmby is the new principal at the Imagine Hope Community’s Lamond campus, which
has grades pre-kindergarten to 6th. Owmby was previously the
principal at Imagine Mableton Charter School in Georgia.
Washington Yu Ying
Alexander is the new principal at Washington Yu Ying, which has grades
pre-kindergarten to 5th and offers a Chinese-English language
immersion program. Alexander was previously a school administrator in
charter schools do not own their buildings and often have to move locations
from year to year. Some charter schools are finally able to find more suitable
space and move to new school homes.
Capital City has renovated the
former DCPS Rabaut Junior High at 100 Peabody Street, NW in Ward 4 and moved
all of its campuses serving grades pre-kindergarten to 12th to the
Gray scheduled to visit on Monday August 27
Eagle Academy has renovated the
former DCPS McGogney
Elementary into a state-of-the-art facility now called the Eagle Center at
McGogney. This will be the school’s main campus and is located at 3400
Wheeler Road, SE in Ward 8.
Wright for Journalism & Media Arts
Richard Wright has moved to a new
location at 770 M Street, SE inward 6.
has moved to a new location at 2120 13th Street, NW in Ward 1.
Stars Montessori Academy
Inspired Teaching Demonstration
& Shining Stars Montessori Academy have moved to a new location at 1328
Florida Ave, NW in Ward 1.
Mundo Verde also moves to a new
location at 3220 16th Street, NW in Ward 1.
National Collegiate Preparatory
National Collegiate Preparatory has
moved to 4600 Livingston Road, SE in Ward 8.
The Next Step/El Próximo Paso
The Next Step/El Próximo Paso has
moved to 3047 15th Street, NW in Ward 1.
The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is setting a national model for
creating quality public school options through its rigorous review of new
charter applications and effective oversight of charter school performance that
is leading the transformation of public education in Washington, DC. PCSB
currently oversees 57 public charter schools on more than 100 campuses serving
nearly 32,000 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more at