DC International PCS

3220 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Ward 1

Friday, June 5th, 2015


DC International School (DCI) is a collaboration between five language immersion public charter schools seeking a high-quality secondary school option for their students to continue their students in French, Spanish, and Chinese. DCI employs an interdisciplinary approach, which combines multilingual instruction with a rigorous IB program in order to promote deep and authentic learning. Currently in its first year of operation, DCI serves 210 sixth and seventh graders and will eventually serve students through grade 12 - reaching 1,500 students at full capacity.


Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS

4095 Minnesota Ave NE
Washington, DC 20019

Ward 7

Friday, May 8th, 2015


Founded in 1999, Friendship Collegiate Academy is one of nine Friendship Public Charter School campuses in D.C. and serves 914 students in 9th through 12th grade. A college prep high school, Collegiate Academy’s comprehensive curriculum prepares students for college and career. In order to expose its students to college-level majors and coursework, rising sophomores apply to and interview with one of the school’s five smaller career academies: Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Information Technology and Engineering, Arts and Science, and Early College. 92% of Collegiate Academy seniors graduate and matriculate to college, and Collegiate Academy has two staff members dedicated to ensuring their alumni persist and graduate from college. In addition to its strong college-going culture, Collegiate Academy emphasizes social emotional supports and extracurricular activities.


Achievement Prep PCS

1500 Mississippi Ave SE
Washington, DC 20032

Ward 8

Friday, February 6th, 2015


Consistently among the city’s top-performing public charter schools, Achievement Prep is deeply committed to closing the achievement gap east of the Anacostia River.  Achievement Prep provides a rigorous college prep curriculum with double instructional blocks for reading and math and a dual focus on character development.  Their flagship middle school opened in 2008, and they currently serve 630 scholars in Kindergarten through 8th grade across their two Ward 8 campuses; 99% of their students are African-American, 85% qualify for free and reduced price lunch, and 23% receive special education services.  Achievement Prep scholars outperform other schools in the Ward 8 community by as many as 40 points on standardized tests and perform competitively with students in the city’s most affluent neighborhoods.  Across the next three years, Achievement Prep has ambitious plans to open additional campuses in Ward 8.


Capital City PCS

100 Peabody St NW
Washington, DC 20011

Ward 4

Friday, December 6th, 2014


The first parent-founded charter school in Washington, D.C., Capital City was founded in 2000 and features an innovative expeditionary learning model that challenges students to engage in critical thinking, gain valuable problem-solving skills, and acquire a love of learning.  Capital City students learn through these expeditions, which include fieldwork and community service, as well as collaboration with experts on in-depth studies across various subjects.


Capital City was among few charter schools awarded a former DCPS building and completed a $24 million renovation of the facility in 2012 allowing it to consolidate all grades (PK3 -12th grade) to a single site.  The campus currently serves 973 lower, middle, and high school students.  The school’s success in fostering a diverse student body is featured in Richard Kahlenberg and Halley Porter’s new book, A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education.


DC Prep Benning PCS

100 41st St NE
Washington, DC 20019

Ward 7

Friday, November 7th, 2014


DC Prep is the highest-performing charter network in the city, combining rigorous academics and character education to ensure their graduates’ success in high school and college. DC Prep’s Benning Elementary Campus, located in Ward 7, opened in 2008 and serves 431 students in preschool through third grade. On last year’s DC CAS, Benning Elementary made double-digit gains on both Reading and Math, rising from 59% to 69% proficient in Math and from 54% to 70% proficient in Reading, and was designated a “Rewards” school, the highest level of distinction determined by outstanding achievement and growth, by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Over the next 10 years, DC Prep will expand to 10 schools, ultimately enrolling 3,500 students or 10% of public school students in Wards 5, 7, and 8. 


AppleTree Early Learning PCS

680 I St SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ward 6

Friday, October 10th, 2014


AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, an early education research an development institute, was founded in 1996 with the intent of erasing the achievement gap by giving pre-school aged children the strong early academic and social-emotional skills they will need in kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond.  Since 2005, seven campuses of AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School have opened in D.C. and they currently serve more than 640 students.  The new Southwest campus, which is located on the grounds of a DCPS middle school, opened this September with 84 three-and four-year-olds.

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