August 2017 DC Public Charter School News

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Mayor and DC Education Leaders Stand Together Against Hate and Bigotry in DC Schools
The Mayor, along with all the education leaders in the city stand in solidarity and signed a joint letter to affirm that they are unequivocally committed to protecting our schools and our young people from hatred. Read the letter here.
Ten Consecutive Years of Student Achievement
Students at DC public charter schools continue to improve on the nationwide Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers (PARCC) test. This is the 10th consecutive year public charter school students have shown steady improvement on the statewide assessment, first on the DC-CAS and more recently on PARCC. Learn more about DC's charter sector results here


Students of Public Charter Schools
Why I Love My School

Photo Credit: Sela PCS

These four students love attending Sela PCS, a language immersion school in Ward 4. Here's why:

Aylan: I like Sela PCS because it is really fun, and I like all of my teachers.

Harley: I love Sela because the teachers are inspiring and the school is beautiful.

Bella: I feel good when I go to school, and I like Sela. 

Amari: Why do I love Sela? Well, I really love that we get to learn Hebrew. And, I love Sela because all my teachers here. I like my teachers. My teachers are really nice. And, the school is big, and there's a lot of space. 

School Stories

Celebrating Summer Graduates


Photo Credit: DC Public Charter School Board

On August 10, we held our 2nd Annual Summer Graduation Ceremony. Public charter high school students from Cesar Chavez PCS, E.L. Haynes PCS, Friendship PCS, IDEA PCS, Kingsman Academy PCS, Maya Angelou PCS, National Collegiate Prep PCS, and Paul PCS participated in the ceremony. Congratulations to all of the summer graduates who worked so hard to earn their high school diploma and achieve their goals - we are so proud of you! View more photos of the ceremony here.

An IDEA PCS Student Starts His Own Sneaker Company
Will Leach, a senior at IDEA PCS is receiving notoriety for his business acumen. His sneaker company, "Get your Heat" was recently featured by WUSA. Leach hopes to one day open his own store and earn a million dollars by the time he's 23. Read more of the story, and watch the WUSA segment here
Children's Guild DC PCS Female Students Honor Adult Women in Their Lives

Photo Credit: Children's Guild DC PCS

Every year, Children's Guild DC PCS's female students celebrate and honor the adult women in their lives by hosting a "She Tea" event. Staff transform the cafeteria depending on the event's theme, and students shop - free of charge - for dresses, shoes, purses, and jewelry at the school's "The Sweet Pea Boutique". This year, all items were donated by Alesha Wilson, Founder of "Once Upon a Gown", a Prince George's Prom Project. 

Upcoming Events
August 21 - #Back2YourFutureDC Instagram Take Over
Public charter school students and staff are staking over our Instagram from August 21 - September 1. View the photos @DCPCSB

September 18 - Board Meeting
The Board will hold its next monthly meeting on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss various issues related to public charter schools and to hear from the public. *The meeting will be held at DC PCSB offices (3333 14th Street NW). A meeting agenda will be available here

Watch the meeting on our website. Missed last month's meeting? Read a summary here.

*Meeting location is subject to change. 

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