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DC Charter School Waiting Lists Nearly 15,000 Names

Lists Show Strong Demand for School Options; More than 700 slots still available
Release Date: Monday, June 25, 2012
Updated: June 26, 2012
Contact: Theola Labbé-DeBose, Director of Communications
(202) 328-2670 phone
tldebose@dcpubliccharter.com

Washington, D.C. —Nearly 15,000 names are on waiting lists at DC charter schools, according to self-reported data from the city’s 98 charter school campuses compiled by the DC Public Charter School Board. Meanwhile, more than 700 slots are still available, including several at high-performing schools ranked as Tier 1 on the PCSB’s Performance Management Framework (PMF).
 
“These numbers are a powerful indicator of DC families’ demand for more quality school options,” said Scott Pearson, PCSB executive director. “We realize there is a large gap between that demand and available slots, and we remain committed to being a high-quality authorizer that is transforming public education so that more DC children can attend the school of their choice.”
 
Jessica Wodatch, executive director of Two Rivers, a Ward 6 charter school with grades pre-K through 8, said the waiting list for theirlower school has more than 1,000 names while their upper school waiting list has 94 names.  “I don’t want to discourage parents because we have found that seats open up after the school year begins -- especially in the upper grades,” Wodatch said.
 
For the first time, the PCSB is making available online information on waiting lists and available openings by school and grade to inform the public about trends in charter school enrollment. The information was compiled by the PCSB and reflects student names on waiting lists.  For example, if a child is on three waiting lists, that will be counted three times.
 
The PCSB will update the information in July and August. Meanwhile, parents are encouraged to contact a charter school directly with questions about openings, and also to check on schools not listed  as spaces may still open up over the summer. 

To see more information, including the PCSB’s “Find a Charter School” tool, visit http://www.dcpubliccharter.com.    

 


 

DC CHARTER SCHOOL WAITING LISTS 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR*
Summary Table

School Name

Grades

PMF Tier

Total

AppleTree Early 
Learning  - Amidon

Pre-K

n/a

24

AppleTree Early 
Learning - 
Columbia Heights

Pre-K

n/a

130

AppleTree Early 
Learning - 
Riverside

Pre-K

n/a

11

AppleTree Early 
Learning - 
Douglas Knoll

Pre-K

n/a

22

AppleTree Early Learning - 
Oklahoma Ave (East Capitol)

Pre-K

n/a

14

AppleTree Early Learning - 
Parkland

Pre-K

n/a

22

Arts and Technology 
Academy

Pre K

2

53

Bridges 

Pre-K

n/a

53

Capital City - Lower

Pre-K - 8

1

1048

Capital City - Upper

9 - 12

1

237

Center City - 
Brightwood

Pre-K - 8

2

5

Center City - 
Congress Heights

Pre-K - 8

3

17

Center City - 
Shaw Campus

Pre-K - 8

2

1

Center City - 
Trinidad Campus

Pre-K - 8

1

28

Cesar Chavez - 
Bruce Prep

6 - 9

1

5

Community Academy - 
Butler Bilingual

Pre-K

1

105

DC Bilingual

Pre-K

2

376

DC Preparatory Academy - 
Benning Campus

Pre-K - 1

n/a

223

DC Preparatory Academy - 
Edgewood Elementary

Pre-K - 3

n/a

248

DC Preparatory - 
Edgewood Middle

4 - 8

1

136

EL Haynes - 
Georgia Ave

3 - 8

1

606

 

EL Haynes - 
High School Campus

 

9

 

n/a

 

326

EL Haynes - 
Kansas Ave Campus

Pre-K - 2

n/a

1406

Elsie Whitlow Stokes 
Community Freedom

Pre-K - 6

1

575

Excel Academy 

Pre-K - 3

n/a

220

Friendship - 
Chamberlain 

Pre-K - 8

n/a

113

Friendship - 
Southeast Elementary

Pre-K - 5

2

139

Friendship -  
Woodridge

Pre-K - 8

2

9

Friendship -  
Collegiate Academy/Woodson

9 - 12

2

67

Hospitality

9 - 12

2

21

Howard Road Academy - 
MLK Ave Campus

6 - 8

2

11

Howard Road Academy -
Howard Road Campus

Pre-K - 6

3

27

Howard University 
Middle School of Math and Science 

6 - 8

1

120

Imagine Southeast 

Pre-K - 8

2

482

Inspired Teaching 
Demonstration

Pre-K - 3

n/a

596

KIPP DC: Aim Academy 

5 - 8

1

371

KIPP DC: College 
Preparatory 

9 - 11

1

522

KIPP DC: Discover 
Academy 

Pre-K - K

n/a

463

 

KIPP DC: Grow 
Academy 

 

Pre-K - K

 

n/a

 

420

KIPP DC: Heights 
Academy 

1

n/a

154

KIPP DC: Key 
Academy 

4 - 8

1

256

KIPP DC: Lead 
Academy 

1

Opening Aug 2012

57

KIPP DC: Leap 
Academy 

Pre-K - K

n/a

782

KIPP DC: Promise 
Academy 

1 - 3

n/a

445

 

KIPP DC: Will 
Academy

 

5 - 8

 

1

 

221

Latin American Montessori 
Bilingual (LAMB) - Michigan Park

Pre-K - 5

1

633

Mary McLeod Bethune - 
Brookland

Pre-K – 8

2

28

Meridian 

Pre-K - 8

2

35

Mundo Verde

Pre-K - K

n/a

727

Perry Street Prep - Lower

Pre-K - 8

2

22

Perry Street Prep - Upper

9 - 12

2

13

Richard Wright

8 - 9

n/a

31

Roots

Pre-K - 8

2

12

SEED 

6 - 12

1

127

Septima Clark 

Pre-K - 5

3

56

Shining Stars Montessori 

Pre-K - K

n/a

103

St. Coletta 

Pre-K – 12; Adult

n/a

24

Two Rivers - Lower

Pre-K - 5

1

1091

Two Rivers - Upper

6 - 8

1

94

Washington Latin - Lower

5 - 8

1

258

Washington Latin - Upper

9 - 12

1

129

Washington Yu Ying 

Pre-K - 3

n/a

386

TOTAL AMOUNT OF STUDENTS ON WAIT LISTS

 

 

15,396

DC CHARTER SCHOOL AVAILABLE SLOTS 2012-2013 SCHOOLYEAR*

Summary Table

School Name

 

Grades             

PMF Tier

Total

Achievement Preparatory Academy

4-8

1

60

Capital City – Lower School

Pre-K-8

1

10

Center City -Trinidad Campus

Pre-K-8

1

28

Thurgood Marshall Academy

9-12

1

40

Center City -Brightwood Campus

Pre-K-8

2

5

Center City -Shaw Campus

Pre-K-8

2

1

Friendship Woodridge

Pre-K-8

2

64

Friendship Collegiate Academy  - Woodson

9-12

2

69

Friendship Junior Academy  - Blow-Pierce

Pre-K-8

2

84

Mary McLeod Bethune - Brookland

Pre-K-8

2

38

National Collegiate Prep PCS 9-12 2 40

Perry Street Prep - Lower School

Pre-K-8

2

81

Center City -Congress Heights Campus

Pre-K-8

3

17

Maya Angelou –Lower School

6-8

3

77

BASIS DC 5-8 Opening  Aug 2012 20

DC Scholars

 

 

Pre-K-3

Opening  Aug 2012

123

Community Academy - Amos II

 

 

 

Pre-K-K

n/a

72

Total Available Slots

 


829


 
*As of June 26, 2012 [original request May 23, 2012]


About the PCSB: The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) currently oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses serving nearly 32,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Seventy-five percent of the students attending public charter schools qualify for free or reduced price meals. Public charter schools serve 41% of all public school students in Washington, DC. Learn more about the PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com.

 

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