Four groups submitted applications to open a public charter school in Washington, DC. If approved, the public charter schools could open in the 2019 - 2020 school year.
One proposal plans to educate students in grades 5-8, another will serve grades 6-12, and two will offer grades 9-12.
Our staff evaluates each application based on our Standard for Approval, which requires that the application demonstrate five criteria: a demonstrated need for the school; sufficient progress in developing the plan; consistency of the mission and philosophy; inclusiveness; and founding group ability.
The criteria are evaluated through the following process:
- Review of the written application using the Charter Application Guidelines;
- Visit to an existing school(s) operated by the group (if applicable) before May 19;
- Capacity interviews on April 3. (These interviews allow DC PCSB staff to ask in-depth and clarifying questions about the proposal to each applicant group); and
- Public hearings, which are opportunities for DC PCSB's Board and the public to hear from the applicant groups and public.
Learn more about the process and read each group's application here.