Charter School Board Hosts Information Session on Charter Application Guidelines October 17

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748

Washington, D.C. — Thinking of starting a charter school in Washington, DC? The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is hosting an information session for prospective charter school applicants on Wednesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The session will take place at the Board’s offices at 3333 14th Street, NW in the second floor conference room.  Two other information sessions will be held on Thursday, November 8 and Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Last month PCSB released guidelines that outline the required steps to open a new charter school (or convert a traditional, parochial or private school). The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013 and approved schools would open in the fall of 2014.

The information session will be led by PCSB staff and will cover the 2013 guidelines, including changes such as:

  •  Additional information requested on the performance history of experienced charter operators was added, should an applicant group decide to contract with one.
  • An expanded “School Goals” section.
  • A new sub-section, titled “Future Expansion and Improvements,” featuring questions on how a school would work to increase enrollment, expand its school facility and attract additional qualified staff.

Prospective applicants may download the application guidelines from the Board’s website or come in person to the PCSB offices to pick up a printed copy. 

(Organizations who already operate schools should instead refer to PCSB’s Application Guidelines for Experienced Operators.)

About the PCSB: The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is setting a national model for creating quality public school options through its rigorous review of new charter applications and effective oversight of charter school performance that is leading the transformation of public education in Washington, DC. PCSB currently oversees 57 public charter schools 102 campuses serving more than 32,000 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more at