More DC Public Charter School Students Attending Tier 1 Schools Than Ever Before

Back to School Roadshow to Highlight Innovative Programs


Washington, D.C. — For the 4th year in a row, the number of DC public charter school students attending high-performing Tier 1 schools has increased over the year before, according to data released today by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB).

Meanwhile, PCSB will host a roadshow for the first time to showcase the quality education, diverse programs and innovative approaches to learning that public charter schools offer. PCSB Executive Director and Board Members will tour schools, visit classrooms, greet students and talk with families at each stop on the Back to School Roadshow. Various City Officials have been invited to join the events.

PCSB measures the academic quality of DC public charter schools using a performance management framework. This framework rates a school’s academic performance, and places schools in one to three performance tiers: Tier 1 – high performing, Tier 2 – mid performing, and Tier 3 – low performing.

“Parents and students recognize the value of public charter schools in providing quality and choice,” said Scott Pearson, Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board. “While great progress is made, the schools and PCSB are committed to doing even better this year and in the years to come.”

“Back to school is an important time of the school year,” said Darren Woodruff, Chairman of the DC Public Charter School Board. “That’s why the PCSB Board and staff want to be on hand to welcome students and their families back to the classroom.”

For the upcoming 2015-16 academic year, three public charter schools will expand their high performing programs while four new schools will open and seven will be closed. Of the four new schools opening, three will serve students in the foster care system, have learning disabilities or difficulties managing behavior.  This year, 62 nonprofits will operate 115 schools across the City. For more information, visit our school profile pages at

Below are brief descriptions of the various new campuses, school expansions, and stops on the inaugural back to school roadshow:


New Innovative Schools

  • Children’s Guild PCS (Ward 5): A school offering individualized learning for grades K through 8 ranging from tiered support for special education students to rigorous college prep for the accelerated student.
  • Monument Academy PCS (Ward 6):  A residential boarding school for children in grade 5 who have experienced stress and trauma, specifically students who are either in foster care or in contact with the child-welfare system.
  • Washington Global PCS (Ward 6): A school offering international and research-based academic program for grades 6 through 7 that includes project-based learning and small learning communities and more.
  • Kingsman Academy PCS (Ward 6): A school targeting students grades 6 through 12 that are over-aged and under-credited, have attendance problems, or behavioral or emotional disabilities.

Expanding Tier 1 Programs

  • DC Prep PCS – Anacostia Elementary (Ward 8): Will serve students in PK3-PK4 this school year
  • Two Rivers PCS – Young (Ward 5): Will serve students in grades PK3-1 this school year
  • KIPP DC – Valor Academy (Ward 7): Will serve students in grades 5-6 this school year

Stops on the Back to School Roadshow

  • August 18: Two Rivers Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • August 21: DC Bilingual’s Open House Celebration
  • August 24: Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS First Day of School Parade
  • August 27: Monument Academy PCS Jacket Ceremony
  • August 27: Children’s Guild Open House
  • August 28: Washington Yu Ying Open House
  • August 31: Richard Wright PCS Student Bike Patrol

Visit for the times and more details about each event.


About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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