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As the District Implements New Statewide Testing This School Year, PCSB Seeks Public Comment on Academic Accountability Policy

This year we were happy to see DC CAS proficiency rates increase for student achievement across many public charter schools. These rates on the DC CAS assessment continue to underscore the quality of the public charter school movement in DC.

With the transition to PARCC, the new statewide assessment, public charter school proficiency rates are not the only measure that PCSB will use to determine the quality of a school.  We'll measure proficiency and growth in math and reading, in-seat attendance, re-enrollment rates among other measures.  

We recognize that the switch to a new state assessment raises a lot questions, but we would like to ensure parents, schools and stakeholders that PCSB will continue to use the Performance Management Framework (PMF), our academic accountability tools to assess school performance. 

Therefore, we would like to do three things: 

  • Work collaboratively with school leaders this fall in task forces to determine how to best incorporate the new assessment into the PMF;  
  • Add ahold harmless” clause in the PMF for elementary, middle, or high schools in school year 2014-15. 
  • Add a “hold harmless’ clause in the PMF for early childhood campuses ending in grade 3 based on the performance of their third graders alone in school year 2014-15. 

Click on the read more link below to review the proposed (hold harmless) policy and how this will be implemented in the upcoming school year. 

 Individuals may submit comments, by one of the following methods:

  1. Submit a written comment by:
    1. Email*:
    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 by no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30. 

*Please select only one of the actions listed above. 

Rashida Tyler is the Senior Manager of the School Quality and Accountability Department at PCSB.  Tyler also was a former principal and teacher at public and public charter schools.

Posted by: Rashida Tyler at 4:03 p.m.
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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 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*:
    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 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;

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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, or call 202-269-6623.

Source: DC Informer

Posted by: PCSB at 11:13 a.m.
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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


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


Ingenuity Prep PCS


Achievement Prep PCS - Elementary and Middle | Only New Students

AppleTree Early Learning PCS – All Locations

Potomac Preparatory PCS

Tree of Life PCS


Ideal Academy PCS


Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science 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 – Lead Academy PCS


KIPP DC – Northeast Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Promise Academy PCS

KIPP DC – Spring Academy PCS



Achievement Prep PCS - Elementary and Middle | Only Returning Students


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


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


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


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


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

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS | 12th grade Only


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


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


Community College Preparatory Academy PCS

LAYC Career Academy PCS


The Next Step/El Próximo Paso PCS


Academy of Hope


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 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  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 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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