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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Open for Public Comment: Cedar Tree Academy PCS Request to Amend Charter

Cedar Tree Academy PCS request to amend its charter's goals and academic expectations on July 28, 2014.  The Board will accept comments from at public.comment@dcpcsb.org on or before September 26.  A public hearing will be held on September 16 and the Board will vote on October 15 during the monthly board meeting.  

Individuals may submit comments, identified by Cedar Tree Academy PCS - Notice of Petition to Amend Charter – Goals and Academic Expectations,” by one of the following methods:

  1. Submit a written comment by:
    1. Email*: public.comment@dcpcsb.org
    2. Postal mail*: Attn: Public Comment, DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th ST. NW., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010
    3. Hand Delivery/Courier*: Same as postal address above 
  2. Sign up to testify in-person at the public hearing on September 15, by emailing a request to public.comment@dcpcsb.org by no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 11. 

*Please select only one of the actions listed above. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laterica (Teri) Quinn, Equity and Fidelity Specialist, at (202) 328-2660; lquinn@dcpcsb.org.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Adult Education Program Offers Students a Second Chance



Harrison said the academy offers adult basic education, the general education development, an external diploma program and pathways to college success.

The academy also offers education services to assist adult learners in attaining their educational goals including, computer training, workplace literacy projects and career assessment and planning while also offering a range of student support services to help break down barriers that may stand in the way of a student achieving his or her goals.

“Our students can earn up to four college credits with matriculation to the University of the District of Columbia,” Harrison said.

Chase, a 2012 alumni of the Academy of Hope, began to reflect on his foreman’s comments and to think about his future. “The first thing on my list was to catch up on what I missed in high school. Second, I needed to refresh my mind and get certifications that would help me to be a better professional and I found the Academy of Hope and immediately signed up. I finally conquered the math I had been having problems with,” he said.

Chase has now started taking college preparatory courses at the Academy of Hope and he said he hopes to join the Air Force and train for a career in computers and Internet Technology.

“My message here is that people make mistakes,” Chase said. “But, there is a second chance for everybody.”

For more information, or to inquire about signing up or volunteering at the Academy of Hope, visit www.aohdc.org, or call 202-269-6623.

Source: DC Informer

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Board Approves Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS Request to Move to Ward 4

                     

The Board unanimously approved Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS request to relocate its school to Ward 4 ending their sprint to locate a new facility by August 25, the first day of school.  (Watch the video above beginning at the 9:21 mark.) 

The school will relocate from 1328 Florida Ave., NW in Ward 1 to 6017 Chillum Place, NE in Ward 4, and enroll 124 students in grades PK3 to 3.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Pahara Institute Names Executive Director Scott Pearson as Education Fellow

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PCSB's Executive Director Scott Pearson was named a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, a highly selective program designed to support innovative leaders who are doing exceptional work in transforming public education.  

Pearson is the first PCSB Executive Director to receive this prestigious honor, which recognizes his leadership and commitment to creating innovative solutions and defining new ways to provide an equitable and excellent education for students and adult learners in DC.  

He joins 23 other accomplished leaders in the Fall 2014 cohort of fellows.

Since joining PCSB in 2012, Pearson has implemented significant reforms in how the Board approves and oversees public charter schools, making it a national model for charter school authorizing.  Under his leadership, PCSB has pioneered new strategies, tough and rigorous oversight, and best practices that other authorizers around the nation are adopting. With 61 schools on 112 campuses, Washington, DC now has a network of outstanding public charter schools, offering families quality and diverse educational choices.  

“Achieving excellence and equity in our public schools requires leaders who think creatively, act boldly, and work to bring people together to ensure that a quality public education is available for every one of our children,” said Kim Smith, Pahara Institute Founder and CEO.  “The exceptional leaders in this new cohort of Pahara-Aspen Fellows are using diverse and innovative approaches to making sure high quality learning opportunities are available for all of our children. We are so pleased to be able to support them in their tireless service on behalf of our young people and communities.”

The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program that identifies innovative leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to dramatically improve public schools, especially for low-income children and communities. 

The Fellowship is a partnership between the Pahara and Aspen Institutes.  Pahara-Aspen Fellows become part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, which currently includes nearly 1800 Fellows from 46 countries who are collectively making tremendous positive change in the world. 

Past Fellows include: Abigail Smith, Deputy Mayor for Education; Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools; Allison Fansler,  President & Chief Operating Officer, KIPP DC; Emily Lawson, Founder, DC Prep PCS; Jessica Cunningham, Principal, KIPP DC - College Prep PCS; Jennifer Niles, Founder, E.L. Haynes PCS; Preston Smith, Founder, Rocketship Education.   

Congratulations, Scott!  


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School: When Does School Begin?

                   
Students at E.L. Haynes – Georgia Ave, E.L. Haynes - Kansas Ave (Elementary & High School) and KIPP DC – Quest Academy (New Campus) [pictured above] and KIPP DC - Arts and Technology PCS (not pictured) kicked off the 2014-15 school year yesterday, August 11. 

Whether your young learner will start their first day in PK or your teenager will embark upon their last “first day” of high school, the back to school countdown has officially begun.  Use this chart 
to determine when your child's school and grade start school.   

* New School or Campus

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13

Ingenuity Prep PCS

MONDAY AUGUST 18

Achievement Prep PCS - Elementary and Middle | Only New Students

AppleTree Early Learning PCS – All Locations

Potomac Preparatory PCS

Tree of Life PCS

TUESDAY AUGUST 19

Ideal Academy PCS

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20

Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science PCS

KIPP DC – AIM Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Arts & Technology Academy PCS

KIPP DC – College Preparatory PCS

KIPP DC – Connect Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Discover Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Grow Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Heights Academy PCS

KIPP DC – KEY Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Lead Academy PCS

KIPP DC – LEAP Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Northeast Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Promise Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Spring Academy PCS

KIPP DC – WILL Academy PCS

MONDAY AUGUST 25

Achievement Prep PCS - Elementary and Middle | Only Returning Students

BASIS DC PCS

Bridges PCS [Main]

Bridges PCS [Sharpe]

Cedar Tree Academy PCS

Center City PCS – Brightwood

Center City PCS – Capitol Hill

Center City PCS – Congress Heights

Center City PCS – Petworth

Center City PCS – Shaw

Center City PCS – Trinidad

César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Capitol Hill

César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Chávez Prep

César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Parkside High School

César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Parkside Middle School

Community Academy PCS – Amos 1

Community Academy PCS – Amos 2

Community Academy PCS – Butler Global

Community Academy PCS – CAPCS Online

Creative Minds International PCS

DC Bilingual PCS

DC Scholars PCS

Democracy Prep Congress Heights PCS

Eagle Academy PCS – New Jersey Avenue

Eagle Academy PCS – The Eagle Center at McGogney

Early Childhood Academy PCS

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS - K-5 Only

Excel Academy PCS – DREAM

Excel Academy PCS – LEAD

Friendship PCS – Blow-Pierce Elementary

Friendship PCS – Blow-Pierce Middle

Friendship PCS – Chamberlain Elementary

Friendship PCS – Chamberlain Middle

Friendship PCS – Collegiate Academy

Friendship PCS – Southeast Elementary Academy

Friendship PCS – Technology Preparatory Academy

Friendship PCS – Woodridge Elementary

Friendship PCS – Woodridge Middle

Harmony DC PCS – School of Excellence

Hope Community PCS – Lamond

Hope Community PCS – Tolson

IDEA PCS

Lee Montessori PCS

Meridian PCS

National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS

Options PCS

Perry Street Preparatory PCS - High School Only

Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts | 8th grade Only

Sela PCS

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS

St. Coletta Special Education PCS

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

Washington Latin PCS – Middle School

Washington Latin PCS – Upper School

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS | 9th grade Only

William E. Doar, Jr. PCS for the Performing Arts

TUESDAY AUGUST 26

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS | PK - K Only

Paul PCS – Middle School

Perry Street Preparatory PCS - Lower School

Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts| 9th grade Only

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS | 10th grade Only

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27

Briya PCS [Georgia Avenue]

Briya PCS [Main]

Briya PCS [Newton St]

Paul PCS – International High School | 10 & 11 grades Only

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS | 11th grade Only

THURSDAY AUGUST 28

Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts | 11 & 12 grade Only

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS | 12th grade Only

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2

Capital City PCS – High School

Capital City PCS – Lower School

Capital City PCS – Middle School

Carlos Rosario International PCS [Harvard St]

Carlos Rosario International PCS [Sonia Gutierrez]

DC Prep PCS – Benning Elementary

DC Prep PCS – Benning Middle

DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Elementary

DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Middle

District of Columbia International School

Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS [Missouri Ave & South Dakota Ave] PK4 - 5th grade

Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS

Maya Angelou PCS – Evans High School

Maya Angelou PCS – Young Adult Learning Center

Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS

 Roots PCS

SEED PCS of Washington, DC

Somerset Preparatory Academy PCS

Two Rivers PCS [Elementary]

Two Rivers PCS [Middle]

Washington Yu Ying PCS

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS [Missouri Ave & South Dakota Ave] | PK3 Only

MONDAY SEPTEMEBER 8

Community College Preparatory Academy PCS

LAYC Career Academy PCS

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9

The Next Step/El Próximo Paso PCS

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15

Academy of Hope

INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE

YouthBuild PCS

 


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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS Request to Locate to Ward 3, Board Opens Public Comment Period

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS plans to relocate to a new location in Ward 3.   The Board will hold a public hearing on August 18 to discuss the school’s request to relocate from1328 FloridaAve., NWin Ward1 to 2461 Wisconsin Ave. NW.   The montessori school opened in 2011 and will serves grades PK3 through 3 this school year.  

The Board will accept public comments about the request until August 18.   

Submit written comments to public.comment@dcpcsb.org or mail to DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20010, Attention Board Meeting. 

To sign up to testify at the public hearing, email public.comment@dcpcsb.org  or call PCSB at (202) 328-2660 by 3 p.m. on August 15 to be placed on the witness list. Witnesses are limited to two minutes each and are asked to bring 10 copies of the testimony to the hearing. 



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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Farewell and Best Wishes to Our Summer Interns



As summer comes to an end, we want to take a moment and thank our summer interns for all their hard work and dedication during their time with us.

This summer, we were fortunate to have, from left to right, Michelle Jean-Baptiste (a student at Howard Law School), Diana Villatoro (an undergraduate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Capital City PCS alumna), Vince Lampone (a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School), Anna Powell (a graduate of Princeton University), Michelle Sczpanski (an undergraduate at Syracuse University), and Amelia Moorestein (a graduate of Georgetown Law Center) working alongside our staff. Emanee Baylor (not pictured, a student at Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy – Capitol Hill) also joined PCSB for a few weeks.

The DC Public Charter School Board’s Internship Program offers undergrads, grad students, and recent graduates an opportunity to participate in the burgeoning charter school system of Washington, DC. Interns can apply for any team at PCSB, from Communications, Data Management and Analysis to Human Capital. Through their contributions to PCSB’s work as an authorizing body and support system for the District’s public charter schools, interns gain firsthand understanding of the public education system in DC. This knowledge, combined with professional experience, creates an opportunity to own part of the exciting and important work of PCSB.

Anna Powell, a Human Capital intern, had this to say about her internship experience:

“As a summer intern, I have felt privileged to be a part of the Human Capital team. Not only does my supervisor support me in pursuing meaningful projects, but she also offers me thoughtful professional guidance. As I look forward to grad school, I have an enriched perspective of the education landscape in a dynamic city like Washington. I also value the insight I have gained into the types of jobs available at an organization like PCSB. My internship has thus not only been an important learning experience, but it has also helped me as a young professional to begin discovering how my interests and strengths can lead to a meaningful career in education. “

The entire PCSB staff was impressed by their professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment that each intern displayed over the past months.

Interested in interning at PCSB?  


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Monday, August 04, 2014

PCSB Releases 2014 Annual Report

 

 

"Quality and Choice. We hear those words a lot, but

 

what do we really mean?  You'll see from the pages

 

inside the 2014 Annual Report that even as charter

 

schools continue to expand, their quality and

 

academic performance also rise." 

 

John H. "Skip" McKoy, PCSB Board Chair

 

 

 

 


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Information Session for Prospective Charter School Applicants to be Held on August 7

On August 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, PCSB will host a public information session for prospective charter school applicants to discuss the 2014-15 Charter Application Guidelines for New Schools and Experienced Operators at our office. 

PCSB staff will facilitate a question and answer session with potential applicants. Attendees are encouraged to read and prepare questions about the guidelines and the application process prior to the session. Please RSVP at applications@dcpcsb.org if you plan to attend.

 

Applicants may also find information from prior application cycles helpful, the information is available on the Start a Charter School section of our website.

 Experienced Operators 2014-15                       New Schools 2014-15
             Charter Application                                Charter Application
           

     


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Charter Founders: Lee Montessori PCS

                                                             
“When you choose to form a school, you have the beginnings of an idea, but it isn't until you have something on paper that you really start to get an idea of how you will leverage the passion, skills, and experience of a team to achieve a shared vision for closing the achievement gap.”  Founders of Lee Montessori PCS 

We were really excited after turning in our application.  When you choose to form a school, you have the beginnings of an idea, but it isn't until you have something on paper that you really start to get an idea of how you will leverage the passion, skills, and experience of a team to achieve a shared vision for closing the achievement gap.  Our application took this vision to a level of detail that forced us to answer the nitty-gritty questions: Can we afford to implement our model?  How do we have a holistic plan that serves all of the students we want to serve?  What's the best way to grow?  How do we maintain sustainability?

The day we turned in our application to the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), we felt we knew our school.  We didn’t have a building, but we knew what it would look and feel like.  We didn’t have students, but we could see our scholars learning.  And we hadn’t hired teachers, but we could envision the talented individuals we would need to help us in our mission of closing the achievement gap for our students.

As a small founding group, we didn’t have a lot of start-up money. We all pitched in to edit, review, copy, and assemble our more than 200 page application.  The review process was difficult and somewhat arduous, but at the same time exhilarating, because our team was passionate about implementing high-quality Montessori programming. Because we wanted to ensure our application had sufficient detail, we worked long hours leading up to the day the application was due, but thankfully no all-nighters!

On May 20, 2013, PCSB approved our application.  The Washington Post's Emma Brown said it best:  "The two successful applicants for new charters are giddy after PCSB vote. I think I heard talk of champagne."  We were proud to have external, objective validation of the strength of our plan and ecstatic to know we would start implementing our work.  

We're very proud of our application and all the work done so far, but now we begin the hardest part.  We have spent a lot of time doing outreach and project planning to ensure we have a strategy that will get us a school that, on the first day of school, is fully enrolled and staffed by the greatest teachers in the District of Columbia.  

We're somewhat a case study in how perseverance pays off when designing a charter application in DC.  We didn't realize how much was missing in our application last year until we went through the application process, but we knew we had a great idea that others would value, so we kept going.  

Lee Montessori PCS, located in the Edgewood neighborhood in Ward 5, will open in August 2014 and serve 70 students in pre-kindergarten 3 through first grade and add a grade each year up to sixth grade.  


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