Why DC Prep

DC Prep’s network of public charter schools serves over 1,700 students in preschool through 8th grade on five campuses in Edgewood (Ward 5), Benning (Ward 7), and Anacostia (Ward 8). All DC Prep schools are tuition-free and open to any student in Washington, DC.



DC Prep is the #1-performing network of public charter schools citywide for five years running!
 We set high expectations in a warm and nurturing environment, resulting in a community of learners, teachers, and families. Join us in the upcoming school year.

• Student learning is at the heart of all we do. We have a highly structured and highly supportive learning environment, including a longer school day and focused academic intervention.

• We believe in the power and joy of learning and that all students can excel.

• We emphasize healthy social development and foster a positive learning environment where students are supported to develop strong study habits and a voice - demonstrating the personal qualities of successful students and good citizens.

• We build a strong and supportive school culture.

• We forster shared expectations and aspirations between home and school. Frequent informal and formal communication with families, including regular phone contact, quarterly conferences, etc., build trust and parent/teacher teamwork to achieve the best outcome for every student.

DC Prep Need-to-Know Facts
• School hours: Monday-Thursday: 8AM-4PM (8 is late!) | Friday: 8AM-3PM
• All students report to school on time and in full uniform, every day
• Optional Prep EX! aftercare program availalbe for PK3-6th grade students from dismissal-6PM
• Mandatory uniforms provided via Risse Brothers

Families Weigh In: Why DC Prep?

"Our family chose DC Prep because of its balanced focus on academic rigor and character development. Having DC Prep as an option ensures that my children learn personal responsibility and are exposed to the highest academic performance standards. The results speak for themselves. Families should not need to leave the city or pay for private school in order to give their children a high-quality education."

-Tearsa Coates, Edgewood Parent and Board Member
 

 

Interested in a Typical Day at DC Prep?

DC Prep's Benning Elementary Campus (BEC), a 2016 DC PCSB Tier 1 School, partnered with DC School Reform Now in its Virtual School Tours initiative designed to give families just like yours the ability to compare high-performing schools virtually. The BEC video series consists of footage showcasing a typical day in the campus community. Get to glimpse into a typical 3rd grade Math lesson in the video below - and stay tuned for other featured videos!

 

What our Leaders are Saying

“We deeply believe our kids can be successful. We know it takes a ton of work. So we just do it.”
Nicole Bryan, Managing Director for Early Childhood