New Public Charter Schools To Open in 2020-21

Monday, May 20, 2019

Washington, DC ---Rick Cruz, Chairman of the DC Public Charter School Board made the following statement after the Board approved five schools to open in the 2021-22 school year:

“Growth is essential if we are to meet our mission of offering every family quality, innovative, non-selective admission-free schools in our growing city.”

The Board conditionally approved these five new public charter schools to open in the 2020-21 school year:  

Name of School

Type of Program

Grades Served

Number of Grades and Students in Opening Year

Desired Location

Learn More About the School 

Capital Village

EL (Formerly Expeditionary Learning)


Will open with grades 5 & 6 with 90 students

Wards 1, 4, 5, or 6

Girls Global Academy

Single Sex


Will open with grade 9-12 with 120 students

Ward 2

The Sojourner Truth School



Will open with 90 students in grades 6 & 7.

Preference is Ward 5, with consideration for Wards 4, 1, 6, and 2.

I Dream School

Inquiry ­based, learner ­centered approach


Will open with 120 students across five grades PK3 – 2nd

Ward 7 or 8 (preference for Ward 8)

Social Justice Project

EL (Formerly Expeditionary Learning) focused in social justice activism


Will open with 150 students in grades 5 and 6

Ward 5


This year, DC PCSB received 11 charter school proposals and only approved 5 schools.  The applications offer a variety of program models including Arabic immersion, Project Based Learning, single-sex, intergenerational model, EL (formerly Expeditionary Learning), and Montessori. All the applications were evaluated using our Standard of Approval guidelines as outlined in the Charter Application Guidelines.  

The Board rejected six applications and encouraged the founding groups to apply again next year.

Read more about the schools by clicking here.