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DC Prep has a twin focus on high-quality academics and social-emotional growth.

We prepare every child for an academically and socially successful future. During our 20 years as a charter network, we have achieved significant results across student outcomes (including alumni success), quality reports, and awards and recognitions.

Statewide Assessment Performance

In our 20-year history, DC Prep has consistently been among the highest performing networks of public charter schools in our nation’s capital. Our 2023 PARCC assessment results demonstrated that DC Prep students grew at a faster pace post-pandemic than students citywide.

Alumni Success

  • 100% of our alumni have been accepted to a college-preparatory high school.
  • DC Prep alumni have earned over $13 million in scholarship support.
  • Our PrepNext team works one on one with each of our alumni to ensure successful transitions from middle school to high school, and high school to post-secondary education.
  • Our all-time high school graduation is 95% (the citywide rate is 75%).
  • Our alumni graduate college at four times the rate of their peers, both locally and nationally.

High School and College Acceptances

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Accreditation

All DC public charter schools must undergo the accreditation process every five years to remain eligible for operation in the city. The accreditation process is conducted by an independent third-party accreditation organization to evaluate a local educational agency (LEA)’s performance against a number of performance standards evaluating leadership, learning, and resource capacity.

In its most recent accreditation review by Cognia, DC Prep earned an Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 387 out of a possible 400 points. The five-year average of institutions in Cognia’s accreditation network is 278-283. As a result of our exceptionally strong IEQ score, DC Prep was named a Cognia School of Distinction. This recognition is awarded to less than 10% of schools reviewed by Cognia around the world.

OSSE School Report Card

The DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) releases an annual assessment of school performance. The DC School Report Card is designed to provide community members and families with high-quality information and school performance data for all public schools in DC. Summative school performance scores are calculated using a number of measures.

2023 results:

DC Public Charter School Board School Quality Reports

Each year, the DC PCSB issues an overall ranking of schools’ academic and culture progress, ranking each school between Tier 1 (the highest) and Tier 3 (the lowest). All five DC Prep campuses open at the time earned a Tier 1 ranking on the 2019 School Quality Reports, the highest ranking (AMC did not open until 2020). The DC PCSB has not issued Tier rankings since 2019 due to the impact of the pandemic.

Recent Recognitions

  • The 74 named DC Prep as a nationwide leader in literacy instruction.
  • All three middle campuses (Anacostia, Benning, and Edgewood) recognized by the DC Math Hub and EmpowerK12 in their 2024 DC Math Report for fastest growth in math scores citywide.
  • A 2023 Stanford University study found that a DC Prep education equates to an additional 132 days of Math instruction and an additional 42 days of ELA instruction per year. This is the highest of all DC-based networks assessed.
  • Anacostia Middle Campus was recognized in 2023 as an EmpowerK12 Bold Performance School for outsized academic gains among its at-risk students. Anacostia Elementary Campus and Edgewood Middle Campus received Honorable Mentions.
  • DC Prep was named a 2022 School of Distinction by Cognia as a result of our exceptionally strong Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score (387/400). This recognition is awarded to less than 10% of schools reviewed by Cognia around the world.
  • Two of our schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools (Edgewood Elementary Campus in 2013 and Benning Elementary Campus in 2022).