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D.C. Public Charter School Board Receives 19 Charter School Applications

This story comes to us from Audrey Williams:

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 19 applications to create new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline.  Twenty one applications were presented, but only 19 complete applications met the initial submission requirements specified in the Board’s guidelines. The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2012.

 

The applications offered a variety of program options:  pre-schools; elementary schools offering International Primary curriculum and a dual language program; all-male middle school; middle-high school college prep International Cambridge; three high schools – one all-male college prep, one with a focus on public service and the other math and science; two GED young adult programs with one focused on job training in renewable energy technologies. 

  

“The Board will be looking to approve only applications that hold exceptional promise for academic and organizational success,” said PCSB Chair Brian W. Jones. “Our expectations for new applicants are extremely high because we are much more familiar with what makes for successful schools and those that could fail.”

 

The PCSB’s charter school opening timeline policy establishes a 15-month timeframe for opening of all newly-authorized public charter schools.  This 15-month window allows schools to be included in the City’s budget and provides schools the necessary time to adequately prepare for opening a new school.

 

During the next seven weeks, each applicant will receive a technical review, and have an interview of the founding groups and proposed principals.  Public hearings are scheduled for March 21st and March 22nd to allow applicants to present their proposals to the Board and the public, and to solicit input from the community.  The PCSB will make decisions to approve or deny the applications during its April 25th monthly meeting.  The executive summary of each application and more details about the process are available on the Board’s website.  Below is a list of all the applicants.

 

The D.C. Public Charter School Board currently oversees 52 public charter schools on 93 campuses serving more than 29,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Public charter schools now serve approximately 39% of all public school students in Washington, D.C.  Learn more about PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com.


 

 

 

Applicant School Name

Program/Focus

1st Yr Grades

 # of Students

Grades/Size at Year 5 or at Capacity

Desired Location

1

Bertha B. Williams Academy

Early Childhood & Elem  - Museum Learning

PK4-3rd grade

200 students

PK4- 6th grade

TBD

2

City of Trees

Early Childhood & Elem  - Waldorf Inspired Nature Education

PK – 2nd grade

122 students

PK4- 6th grade

222 students

Ward 1

Shaw/Logan

3

Believe

Elem & Middle - General Ed

K-8th grade

225 students

K-8th grade

225 students

South East

4

Monarch Academy

Early Childhood, Elem, & Middle - General Ed

PS-4th grade

325 students

PS-8th grade

720 students

Ward 7

5

Accomplish

Early Childhood & Elem - General Ed

PK-K

132 students

PK4-4th grade

322 students

Ward 5

6

Renaissance

High School General Ed- Math, Science & Leadership

9-10th grade

200 students

9-12th grade

400

Ward 8

885 Barnaby St, SE

7

Washington DC Clean Energy Adult

Adult Education/GED

Renewable energy technologies

Adult ED/GED

100 students

Adult ED/GED

700 students

South East

8

Gerry P. Stephens STARS Academy

Early Childhood & Elem - General Ed

PK-3rd grade

107 students

PK-3rd grade

200 students

Ward 8

9

Creative Minds

Early Childhood, Elem, & Middle - Arts Based

PK-3rd grade

112 students

PK-7th  grade

224 students

TBD

10

LAYC Career Academy

Adult Education/GED

Adult ED/GED

100 students

Adult ED/GED

200 students

Ward 1 Columbia Heights

11

Strengths Academy

Early Childhood & Elem - Dual Language

PS – 1st grade

160 students

PS – 5th  grade

320 students

Wards 1 & 2

12

Driven To Succeed High School

High School General Ed

All-male high school

9th grade

300 students

9-12th grade

1,200 students

Ward 8

13

DC Scholars

Early Childhood, Elem, & Middle - General Ed

PS – 3rd grade

274 students

PS – 7th  grade

478 students

Ward 7 & 8

14

Westminster Academy

Elem, Middle, & High - General Ed

5-6th grade

100 students

5-10th grade

420 students

Ward 5

15

Gilchrist Academy

Middle School - General Ed

Male middle school

6th grade

100 students

6-8th grade

300 students

Ward 7 & 8

16

Ernest Green DC High School of Public Service

High School - General Ed

9th grade

120 students

9-12th  grade

480 students

Ward 5

5171 S Dakota Ave, NE

17

BASIS DC

Elem, Middle, & High - General Ed

5-9th grade

400 students

5-12th grade

623 students

TBD

18

Cambridge Prep Academy

Middle & High School General Ed, International Cambridge

6-9th grade

225 students

6-12th grade

1050 students

TBD

19

Bedford Collegiate Academy

High School- General Ed

9-12 grade

125 students

9-12th grade

500 students

Ward 4

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