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Experienced Operator

Start a Charter School: Experienced Operator

Application Deadline

Applications due September 8, 2014; if approved school would begin operating in Fall 2015.

2014-15 Application Guidelines

The 2014-15 Application Guidelines for Experienced Charter Operators is designed for established Charter Management Organizations (CMO) or Education Management Organizations (EMO) that are interested in replicating a school model with a proven track record of success and has at least three years of state  accountability  data for their flagship school. The application is designed to evaluate the success of the current education model being proposed for replication and the ability of the CMO/EMO to provide local and national support and resources to a DC school.

Qualified applicants with at least three years of state accountability data for their flagship school are encouraged to apply.

Applications for an experienced operator are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2014. Applications selected for approval will open at the start of school year 2015-16.

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Experienced Operators Applications

2014-15 Applicants
2013-14 Applicants


Applicant Proposed Grades Served Educational Program 1st Year Grades

Size at Capacity
Proposed Ward Submission Status
Harmony DC Public Schools Kindergarten-12 K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) K-5th
TBD Application Approved by the Board
Frederick Drew Gregory Academy 7-12 7-12 7th-12th
7 or 8 (Received 9/16/13; withdrawn 9/21/13) Withdrew Application
Democracy Prep Public Schools PK3-4 Early Childhood-Elementary School PK3-K
7 or 8 Application Approved by the Board

2012-13 Applicants