Four New Charter Schools Open in Washington, DC for the New School Year

Monday, August 15, 2011
 
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748
awilliams@dcpubliccharter.com
 

Washington, D.C. — Parents will have additional charter schools to choose from when four new schools open in the District of Columbia later this month. The new schools are: Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School and Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts.  The D.C. Public Charter School Board approved these charter applications in April of 2010.
 
Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS
The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a professional learning community of master teachers and teacher residents, will ensure that a diverse group of students achieve their potential as accomplished learners, thoughtful citizens, and imaginative and inquisitive problem solvers through a demanding, inquiry-based curriculum. The school has a teacher residency program in which Inspired Teaching Fellows will study under the guidance and supervision of Master Teachers.  The school will serve pre-school (age 3) through 8th grade, but will open with pre-school through 3rd grade. The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School is located at 4401 8th St., NE, in Ward 5 near Providence Hospital.  Learn more about the school at www.inspiredteachingschool.org
 
Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS
Mundo Verde Bilingual School will prepare students to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities through an engaging curriculum focused on sustainability and biliteracy.  As the city’s first “green” school, Mundo Verde’s environmental sustainability is integrated into all aspects of the school’s curriculum and operations.  All students will learn to speak, read and write in English and Spanish. The immersion language program starts at age 3 and continues through 8th grade.  Mundo Verde will initially offer preschool through kindergarten classes for three, four and five year olds and will add grades until it serves students through the 8th grade.  Mundo Verde is located at 2001 S Street, NW, in Dupont Circle in Ward 2.  For more about the school visit their website at www.mundoverdepcs.org
 
Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts
Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts offers high school students the opportunity to focus on their areas of interest within journalism and media arts.  The school has adopted the Boston Latin School framework for grades 8-12 that connects them to the classics and modern languages and a curriculum focused on strong writing skills and vocabulary.  When the school opens, it will serve students in grades 8 and 9 and will add grades up to the 12th grade.  Richard Wright Public Charter School is located at 100 41st Street, NE in Ward 7. To learn more about the school visit their website at www.richardwrightpcs.org
Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School
Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School offers a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.  The school will serve pre-school through kindergarten when it opens and eventually expand to accommodate 1st grade through 6th grade. The school is located at 733 Euclid Street, NW in Ward 1.  You may contact the school at 202-319-2307.
 
This coming school year the D.C. Public Charter School Board will oversee 53 public charter schools on 99 campuses, serving nearly 30,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Public charter schools now serve approximately 40% of all public school students in Washington, D.C.  Learn more about PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com