DC Prep is continuing virtual learning through February 2021. Click here for updates and resources.
Yes. DC Prep is currently 100% virtual for the 20-21 school year. In light of the evolving public health guidance and input from families, virtual learning will continue through February 2021. We will continue to update the DC Prep website and our social media channels with information on SY20-21 as it becomes available. DC Prep has not decided for the 21-22 school year. Check out our COVID-19 resource page for updated information.
Please visit DC Prep’s COVID resource page.
DC Prep’s doors open at 7:30AM. Classes begin promptly at 8:00AM (“8 is late!”). DC Prep dismisses students at 4PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 2PM each Wednesday.
Yes, DC Prep has partnered with Champions to provide aftercare options for DC Prep students in PS-6th grade to take place within all of our elementary campuses. Please refer to additional after care options in the community on our website. DC Prep does not provide before care. In our traditional schedule, DC Prep doors open at 7:30 AM.
All DC Prep students are required to wear the DC Prep school uniform every day. DC Prep has partnered with Risse Brothers to provide school uniform shirts. Polo, Oxford and T-shirts featuring the DC Prep logo are only available from Risse Brothers. Bottoms (shorts, pants, skorts, skirts) may be purchased at Risse Brothers or elsewhere.
Yes, DC Prep offers free breakfast and lunch to all DC Prep students. Meals are offered to students during in-person and during distance learning.
DC Prep works with all students to ensure they meet their goals. Teachers are continually offering meaningful assessments throughout the year designed to track student growth and achievement. Teachers develop individualized learning plans (ILPs) for every student based on individual growth targets, and each student receives small group instruction during both virtual and in-person learning.
Yes, all charter schools are public schools and must, by law, serve ALL students. Charter schools may not refuse admission to a child because of a disability regardless of the severity of that disability. Charter schools may not ask if a student has an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or disability before the student is admitted to the school.
Yes, DC Prep Elementary Campuses (serving PK3 to 3rd Grade): art, music, physical education. DC Prep Middle Campuses (serving 4th to 8th Grade): physical education and health, African drumming, art, peer mediation, debate, cheerleading, & basketball. Field trips and guest speakers are also offered across all campuses during the school year.
No – DC Prep does not offer a foreign language at this time. We have found that our students excel when the main focuses are placed on Reading and Math. Although we don’t offer foreign language, we do offer an array of Specials as well as enrichment activities in our aftercare program, with focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math).
Typically the ratio is 12:1. In PK3 & PK4 classrooms the ratio is 10:1, with approximately 20 students and two adults.
At DC Prep we recruit, attract, and work hard to retain talented educators who share the fundamental belief that every child can succeed at the highest levels, and who work diligently every day to make that a reality. We seek to hire qualified teachers who have at least a Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of lead teaching experience, or who have completed a Teacher Preparation Program.
During traditional instruction, DC Prep uses “Prep Notes”, a communication tool that parents, teachers, and students use to communicate daily. During distance learning, teachers communicate with parents through DC Prep’s parent portal and teachers are available by phone or email until 8PM during the weekday.
DC Prep participates in My School DC, a common application for nearly all DC-based public schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit www.myschooldc.org for more details about the application process. The lottery application opens on December 14, 2020, and the deadline to complete the application is March 1, 2021. We encourage all prospective families to apply by the deadline.
We will not know until the Spring of 2021 because we don’t know how many returning students will re-enroll at DC Prep. PK3 students will be open for all students and in PK4 we add an additional PK4 classroom.