Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ FAQ Category
What is a charter review? Determinations for Charter Renewal and Review
Why does my school need to undergo a charter review? Determinations for Charter Renewal and Review
What are the potential outcomes of a charter review? Determinations for Charter Renewal and Review
Can a school amend its charter, particularly its goals and expectations, prior to charter review? Determinations for Charter Renewal and Review
What is a charter renewal? Determinations for Charter Renewal and Review
Are there differences between DCPS teacher salaries and public charter school teacher salaries? Funding and Facilities
What is the difference between a CMO and an independent charter school? Funding and Facilities
What other outside funding possibilities are involved when talking about charter schools? Funding and Facilities
What is a charter school? General Compliance
What is the DC School Reform Act? General Compliance
Do public charter schools get funding from the city for facilities? General Compliance
Is religious curricula allowed to be offered or taught at public charter schools? General Compliance
What qualifications are required for public charter school teachers and administrators? Who decides this? General Compliance
Are all schools required to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL)? General Compliance
What is the difference between district schools, like DCPS, and public charter schools? General Information and Enrollment
Who can attend a public charter school in DC? General Information and Enrollment
Are public charter schools free to attend? General Information and Enrollment
How do I enroll in a public charter school? What is My School DC? General Information and Enrollment
What schools do not participate in My School DC? General Information and Enrollment
What are the PK3 and PK4 cut-off ages? General Information and Enrollment
Where can I find my student records? General Information and Enrollment
How diverse are DC public charter schools? General Information and Enrollment
How do I submit testimony for public comment? General Information and Enrollment
How can I find a public charter school? General Information and Enrollment
I am conducting research for academic work. How do I gather data from DC charter schools? General Information and Enrollment
What are the charter requirements? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
What is a charter petition? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
Why would a charter petition be denied approval? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
What happens when a school's charter is revoked or not renewed? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
Can an existing school propose to become a charter school? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
What are the requirements for an applicant’s non profit status? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
Can an applicant group submit more than one charter proposal during a calendar year? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
How does a school get a charter? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
Why do some public charter schools close? Overview, Approval, Start-up, and Charter Revocation
What does the DC Public Charter School Board do? PCSB Governance and Oversight
Who are the members of the Board, and how do they get selected? PCSB Governance and Oversight
Does the Board hold public meetings? PCSB Governance and Oversight
How many charter schools can DC PCSB open? PCSB Governance and Oversight
Where can I find a school's budget? PCSB Governance and Oversight
How do charter schools perform in comparison to the city average? Testing and Academic Performance
Where can I access the current academic performance for charter schools in DC? Testing and Academic Performance
What are School Quality Reports, and how are they used to assess schools? Testing and Academic Performance