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INSIDE THIS ISSUE – The DC Public Charter School Board is Transforming Education in the District – Setting Realistic Goals and Expectations for Students: Priming for Future Success – DC Charter Schools Directory – PK-12 and Adult Education – Featured Summer Camps

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★ ★ ★ PUBLISHER'S NOTE

Spring/Summer 2014

Publisher Prince A. Mhoon Editorial Director Abena Lewis-Mhoon, Ph.D. Director of Advertising Prince A. Mhoon Creative Director Darlene Jones Powell Executive Design Consultant Jason Charter Cover Editor Amari Mhoon Amira Mhoon Online Director/Web Designer Jamal Pope Green Light Design Studios

Editor Amira Khari Mhoon Feature Article Contributors Maia Coleman King, Ph.D. District of Columbia Public Charter School Board

Welcome to the 2014 Spring/Summer issue of DC Charter Schools Magazine! The core objective of DC Charter Schools Magazine is to provide its readers with a wealth of information about charter schools in Washington, D.C., and assist parents in the decision-making process. In addition, DC CSM provides a vehicle for charter schools in the District of Columbia to reach potential students by highlighting the features and benefits of their respective schools. With the growing number of charter schools in the District--charter education has become a viable alternative to private and traditional public education. With additional educational options, it is imperative that parents gather as much information as possible to make the best decision for their children’s future success. Inside this issue you will find a comprehensive directory, featured schools and summer camps, a message from the DC Public Charter School Board and an insightful article from clinical psychologist Dr. Maia Coleman King “Setting Realistic Goals and Expectations for Students: Priming for Future Success”. Use DC Charter Schools Magazine as an informational tool to help navigate your school selection process. More information can be found at www.dccharterschoolsmag.com

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CAPCS ONLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Princess Mhoon Dance Institute . . . 20

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School . . . . . . . . Backcover

Sela Public Charter School . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Hospitality Highschool of Washington, DC . . . . . . . . . . 12

William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Kids & Culture Camp . . . . . . . . . 25

Kids Elite Sports Camp . . . . . . . . 28

Meridian Public Charter School . . . . 6

Paul Public Charter School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Features:

The DC Public Charter School Board is Tranforming Education in the District . . . . . . . . 8

Setting Realistic Goals and Expectations for Students: Priming for Future Success . . . . . . 10

Directory of Schools . . . . . . . . . . 14

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★ ★ ★ ADVERTORIAL

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Experience It All At Paul! Paul Public Charter School, located in Northwest Washington, DC, serves students in middle and high school from grades six to ten, expanding to serve through grade twelve by school year 2015-2016. The mission of Paul Public Charter School is to educate our students and to develop in them the capacity to be responsible citizens, independent thinkers, and leaders.  Paul offers the distinctive “Triple A Program:  Academics, Arts and Athletics,” which provides comprehensive programming for a diverse student population.  By integrating arts and athletics into the school’s rigorous academic program, students become more engaged and motivated to learn.  Through arts and athletics integration, students’ academic content takes on deeper meaning and relevance.  Paul provides a positive and supportive school culture.  The foundation for the school’s culture is rooted in the character education program.  It provides the framework for model behavior, so that students strive to become M.E.R.I.T. Scholars.  Students learn to be “Motivated, Educated, Responsible, Independent Thinkers.”  We believe that this holistic approach to education rounds out the young learner for success in secondary and higher education.  To support the transition to middle school in the sixth grade, Paul provides a nurturing and supportive structure for its youngest scholars, coined “Paul Prep.”  Paul Prep motivates, supports and encourages scholars to transition smoothly and successfully into middle school and thrive immediately.  Seventh and eighth graders take on additional leadership roles, take an additional core course and have an opportunity to exercise more independence and empowerment.    After middle school, Paul scholars matriculate and flourish in our Cecile R. Middleton Ninth Grade Academy, the freshman component 4

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of the Paul International High School, where they begin to delve into the global issues that impact their lives and their communities. High school students develop global competencies through a global studies course scheme, community service and leadership opportunities, study abroad and international travel, and through completion of a culminating capstone project.  “At Paul International High School, I’m looking forward to studying abroad and being a part of the first graduating


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class of 2016.” Aireon Boone, 10th Grade Scholar. It’s clear that our scholars are already motivated to achieve at the highest level. Overall, Paul is a family that bridges generations of M.E.R.I.T. Scholars, educators and leaders. Open our doors and you will discover an exciting educational community dedicated to taking students to the next levels of academic achievement, leadership and character development through discipline and diligence.  As you walk our hallways, you will see active classroom learning – students translating a rigorous text in Spanish, digesting a complex science concept, practicing a new instrumental selection, or mapping out a new modern dance routine. For over a decade, Paul PCS has developed M.E.R.I.T. scholars that have successfully excelled and gone on to graduate high school leaving ready to succeed in college and prepared to be leaders in the global community!  We invite you to help to continue our mission and join us as we prepare our M.E.R.I.T. scholars to thrive in middle school, high school, college, and in life. Be sure to visit our website at www.paulcharter.org for more information.  Our goal is to ensure our scholars “Experience it all at Paul! We are currently accepting applications for grades six through ten. Apply today spaces are limited! For more information, visit us at www.paulcharter.org.

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★ ★ ★ DC CSM FEATURE

The DC Public Charter School Board is

Transforming Education

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2014 Board  Mteeting   Schedule   PCSB’s  seven-­‐member  board  meets  mOctober   onthly  (list   he   20  of  upcoming  meetings  below),  and     at  3333  14th  Street  NW   meetings  are  open  to  the  public.    The  meetings  are  held  at  PCSB  located   November  17   16   on  the  3rd  Monday  of  each  month.    These  meetings  provide  the  public  aJune   n  opportunity   to  address   December  15   July  21   the  Board  about  new  and  revised  policies  or  decisions.           August  18     *Changes  in  meeting  dates,  time  September   and  location   15  are  announced  on  Facebook,  Twitter  and   2014  Board  Meeting  Schedule   dcpcsb.org.  The  meeting  agendas  October   will  be  p2osted   at  dcpcsb.org  prior  to  the  meeting  date.       0       November  17   June  16   Stay  connected:    Visit  our  blog  at  December   dcpcsb.org/blog   15   July   2 1   The DC Public Charter School   Board (PCSB) oversees PCSB’s seven-member board meets monthly (list of up   August  18   all of the 1public charter schools in the District that edu- *Changes   coming imeetings and meetings are open n  meeting  dbelow), ates,  time   and  the location   are  announced   on  to Facebook,  T September   5   dcpcsb.org.   T he   m eeting   a gendas   w ill   b e   p osted   a t   d cpcsb.org   October   20   than 36,000 students in prekindergarten to high cate more the public. The meetings are held at PCSB locatedprior   at to  the  me   November  17   school and adult education learners. As the sole entity in Stay   3333 14th Street NW on the 3rd Monday of each month. December  15     connected:    Visit  our  blog  at  dcpcsb.org/blog     and oversee charter  These meetings provide the public an opportunity to ad  DC with the power to open, close *Changes   i n   m eeting   d ates,   t ime   a nd   l ocation   are  announced   on  Facebook,   Twitter   and   about new and revised policies or decischools, PCSB’s mission is to create and support high dress the Board dcpcsb.org.  The  meeting  agendas  will  be  posted  at  dcpcsb.org  prior  to  the  meeting  date.       sions.  quality public education options and give parents more Stay   c onnected:     V isit   o ur   b log   a t   d cpcsb.org/blog   choice in their education.          

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★ ★ ★ DC CSM FEATURE

Setting Realistic

Goals and Expectations

: s t n e Priming for d u t Future Success for S

As a clinical psychologist with more than ten years of experience in the field, I am often confronted with many inquiries regarding my role in the lives of children – such as do I conduct evaluations; can I provide therapy, counseling or treatment; and what are my recommendations to address one problem or another. I am happy to share that in our work, clinical psychologists can address those concerns, and more. In fact, for many parents, a consult with a psychologist can help with setting realistic expectations for your child’s growth, achievement and future success.

I would argue that engendering an inquisitiveness, a spirit or desire to learn, ask questions and seek out answers, or an overall intrinsic motivation to achieve will supply a child with the tools needed to experience success. As Patricia Sullivan mentions in her article, “Great Expectations: What’s the Best Way for Parents to Help Children Be Their Best,” imparting to our children a sense of confidence, self-esteem and personal standards of merit emanates from a parental belief that setting high expectations for your children encourages them to do their best. However, Sullivan cautions that there are dangers to setting expectations too high, including transmitting to children that they are not good enough should they fail to meet those standards set by parents. Hence, gaining as much information regarding your child’s potential, as well as having a realistic understanding of child development in general can help to avoid such a pitfall. Ultimately, the goal is to create a healthy balance so your child experiences success and builds his/her sense of value and self-esteem. Ann Simon’s article, “Setting the Bar Just Right: Expectations That Are Challenging and Realistic,” reminds us that setting expectations are important, as they provide children with a scaffolding. However, the manner 10

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in which expectations are presented to children can be either motivating or devastating. As such, parents and educators must be mindful that expectations are individualized, realistic and attainable. The role of psychologists in setting expectations can be critical to ensure that the presentation of expectations to children assists, rather than hinders growth. Simon aptly points out that how expectations are presented is essential as children could develop issues such as unhealthy competitiveness, perfectionism or a de-valued self-worth. There is much written about how to best ensure your child will experience success in their endeavors. A few common themes include protection from harm - reducing exposure to neglect, abuse and trauma, while at the same time raising your child in a loving nurturing environment that provides consistent positive messages that inspire and support children’s healthy development; to the more subtle suggestions that include praising effort rather than the final product, being more specific about praise, and being strategic about providing constructive feedback (or criticism) to children in private (Dweck, 2006; Nelson, 2012). One often under-stated resource for parents is a consultation with a professional, such as a psychologist, who can provide guidance regarding typical development, benchmarks and expectations for social, emotional, intellectual and academic progress. Finding a psychologist that is a good match for assisting you and your family can be a challenge. A good place to start can be with your child’s school administration,


as it is not uncommon for schools to have a psychologist on staff to assist with identifying children who might benefit from additional support in the home or classroom setting. These psychologists can also serve as a resource for parents who have questions about best practices for parenting “challenging” children, offering suggestions for interventions in both the school and home setting, as well as gaining a better understanding of your child’s specific needs.

for children that work early on in their academic career, which is ultimately, priming for future success.

In fact, school administrators, teachers and parents alike often enlist the aid of a psychologist when concerns regarding goal setting and/or a child’s progress arise. Whether a child is struggling to meet developmental milestones, or if a youngster is delayed in meeting academic expectations once enrolled in school, psychologists can help bring light to what may be going wrong. Psychologists are able to address such matters through a number of means, whether that includes multiple observations of the child in the home, school or other learning environments, an in-depth parent interview, consultation with teachers, as well as a direct assessment of the child’s abilities – often referred to as a “Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation.” Such an evaluation of the child can provide educators and parents with invaluable information about how a child thinks and solves problems, as well as a child’s current academic performance, social, emotional and behavioral functioning. A comprehensive psychological evaluation can clarify a child’s cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, his/her capacity to focus, attend, recall and retain newly presented information, as well as tolerate frustration such that realistic attainable goals can be set, and meaningful interventions to meet those goals can be put into place.

Nelson, P. T. (2012, August 9). Self Esteem Grows with Realistic Expectations. Families Matter! A Series for Parents of School- Age Youth. Retrieved March 6, 2014 from http://extension.udel.edu.

Unrealistic expectations placed on children can lead to a myriad of issues including low self esteem, behavioral problems and the like. Therefore, the definition of “success” should be tailored to each child’s skills and abilities, which in order to be accurately measured often entails input from a number of essential adults in a child’s life. Should a parent desire a thorough understanding of his/her child’s functioning, a psychological assessment can be most helpful at achieving this level of clarity. In most cases, recommendations for intervention can be invaluable at setting realistic goals and expectations

References Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Hirsch, Jr. E.D. (2013, Winter). Primer on Success: Character and Knowledge Make the Difference. Education Next. Retrieved March 6, 2014, from http://educationnext.org.

Simon, Ann (2012, September 28). Setting the Bar Just Right: Expectations that Are Challenging and Realistic. Beyond the Brochure. Retrieved March 6, 2014, from http://beyondthebrochurela.com. Sullivan, P. (2013). Great Expectations: What’s the Best Way for Parents to Help Children Be Their Best. National PTA. Retrieved March 6, 2014, from https://www.pta.org.

Dr. Maia Coleman King is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats patients for individual, group and couples therapy. As a partner at Psychological Group of Washington (PGW), Dr. Coleman King balances the roles of administrator, as well as clinician, supervisor and Assistant Clinical Psychology Professor for The George Washington University. Dr. Coleman King specializes in treating women struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as couples seeking assistance in building communication skills, overcoming differences, and making decisions that are more satisfying. In addition, she has over ten years of experience in the psychological assessment of adults and children (including educational, psychological, intelligence and intellectual (IQ) testing such as the WISC-IV, WPPSI-IV, etc.) Dr. Coleman King earned her Ph.D. at Howard University in Clinical Psychology in 2004. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she earned a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology. Dr. Coleman King completed her Internship at the APA-accredited Howard University Counseling Service Internship Program. She has five years of experience working as a Certified School Psychologist and Psychology Program Manager in the District of Columbia Public School System. Dr. Coleman King completed a Post-Graduate Fellowship with the Washington Chapter of the New York Freudian Society and is a professional member of the American Psychological Association as well as the Association for Black Psychologists. She has been invited to speak on numerous health panels, has appeared in local and national media outlets (including television, radio, newspaper and magazine), and has recently been asked to become a recurring guest on Skyline 360, a weekly radio program on WVLS Radio.

Special Thanks to: Tilman Gerald and Harris Penn Psychological Group of Washington interns.

Maia Coleman King, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Psychological Group of Washington 1707 L Street, NW #220 Washington, DC 20036ph. 202.223.9844fx. 202.223.9845 www.psychgroupdc.com friend us on facebook: psychgroupdc follow us on twitter: @psychgroupdc

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The mission  of  Hospitality  High  School  is  to  provide  students  with  an  excellent  educational  program   designed  to  promote  success  in  college  and  the  hospitality  industry.   Second  only  to  the  federal  government  in  job  placement  opportunities  in  the  Washington,  DC  area.  

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-­‐ At HHS  we  offer  the  opportunity   to  prepare  for  hundreds  of  career  opportunities  in  hotel  operations  positions,  food  and  beverage,  culinary,   accounting,  human  resources,  real  estate,  event  planning,  and  management  careers.   o Attend  college  classes  and  earn  college  credits  while  in  high  school.   o Paid  internships  and  the  ability  to  earn  industry  related  certifications.  

At HHS  we  believe  that  academic  skills  AND  work  career  related  skills  are  mutually  supportive  and  important  aspects  of   learning  in  school.  AT  HHS  100%  of  our  graduates  have  industry  recognized  certifications.   Historically  our  graduation  and  college  acceptance  and  attendance  rates  exceed  most  charter  and  public  school  rates  in  the  DC   area  with  82%  attending  college  and  more  than  50%  pursuing  hospitality  in  college  and/or  through  careers  in  the  industry.   At  HHS  students  are  exposed  to  industry  professionals  who  work  directly  with  our  students  through  Site  Visits,  Mentorships,   Guest  Speakers,  Summer  Jobs,  and  college  connections.   HHS  partners  have  provided  over  $1,000,000  in  scholarships  to  alumni  studying  in  the  industry.    

If you  are  interested  in  a  school  that  prepares  students  for  college  and  careers,  then  HHS  is  for  you!   th

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1851 9th Street NW Hospitality High Public Charter School is the nation’s first and only charter school dedicated to careers in hospitality management. Founded by the local hospitality industry in 1998, Hospitality High has a long history of success in educating the students of the District of Columbia and preparing them for college and careers in the hospitality industry.

If you are a rising 9th or 10th grader, apply today at www.washingtonhospitality.org or call 202-737-4150. Our mission is to equip our students with an excellent, integrated education that empowers them for achievement in high school, college, and hospitality careers. Our model, which relies on industry expertise and partnerships, is unique to us as America’s first and only high school using a hospitality and culinary lens to teach tangible skills and wider academic concepts. Today, HHS boasts strong support from parents, hospitality industry professionals, private sector leaders, and educational institutions – a series of alliances that diversify our curricular offerings, improve learning outcomes, and inspire collegiate and career achievement. At Hospitality High School, we equip our students with both core academic capabilities – reading, writing, mathematics, and science – and hands-on skills needed for success in the hospitality industry. We provide each enrolled student with: • A rigorous academic program • A hospitality-industry sponsored curriculum • Small class sizes • College and life skills counseling • Hands-on industry exposure • Paid internships • College Scholarships


DIRECTORY OF SCHOOLS School/Campus Name

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Ward

Campus Street Address

Main Number

Grade Level Range

Achievement Prep Academy PCS - Middle

8

908 Wahler Place, SE 20032

202-562-1214

4-8

Achievement Prep Academy PCS Elementary

8

1500 Mississippi Avenue, SE 20032

202-562-1214

K-3

AppleTree Early Learning PCS - Southwest [Amidon]

6

401 I Street, SW 20024

202-646-0094

PK3 - PK4

AppleTree Early Learning PCS - Columbia Heights

1

2750 14th Street, NW 20009

202-667-9490

PK3 - PK4

AppleTree Early Learning PCS - Southeast [Douglass Knoll]

8

2017 Savannah Terrace, SE 20020

202-629-4525

PK3 - PK4

AppleTree Early Learning PCS - Lincoln Park

6

138 12th Street, NE 20002

202-621-6581

PK3 - PK4

AppleTree Early Learning PCS - Oklahoma Avenue

7

330 21st Street, NE 20002

202-525-7807

PK3 - PK4

Appletree Early Learning PCS - Southeast [Parkland]

8

2118 Ridgecrest Court, SE 20020

202-506-1890

PK3 - PK4

AppleTree Early Learning PCS -Southwest [Riverside]

6

680 I Street, SW 20024

202-646-0500

PK3 - PK4

Arts and Technology Academy PCS

7

5300 Blaine Street, NE 20019

202-398-6811

PK3 - 5

BASIS DC PCS

2

410 8th Street, NW 20004

202-393-5437

5-9

Booker T. Washington PCS

1

1346 Florida Avenue, NW 20009

202-232-6090

9 - Adult Ed/GED

Bridges PCS

4

1250 Taylor Street, NW 20011

202-545-0515

PK3 - PK4

Bridges PCS

4

4300 13th Street, NW 20011

202-545-0055

PK3 - 1

Briya PCS

1

2333 Ontario Road, NW 20009

202-797-7337

PK3 - Adult Ed/Family Literacy

Briya PCS

1

1755 Newton Street, NW 20010

202-797-7337

PK3 - Adult Ed/Family Literacy

Briya PCS

4

3912 Georgia Avenue, NW 20011

202-545-2020

PK3 - Adult Ed/Family Literacy

Capital City PCS

4

100 Peabody Street, NW 20011

202-808-9800

PK3 - 4

Capital City PCS - Middle School

4

100 Peabody Street, NW 20011

202-808-9800

5-8

Capital City PCS - High School

4

100 Peabody Street, NW 20011

202-808-9800

9 - 12

Carlos Rosario International PCS

1

1100 Harvard Street, NW 20009

202-797-4700

Adult Ed/GED - Adult Ed/GED

Carlos Rosario International PCS

5

514 V Street, NE 20002

202-797-4700

Adult Ed/GED - Adult Ed/GED

Cedar Tree PCS

8

701 Howard Road, SE 20020

202-610-4193

PK3 - K

Center City PCS

4

6008 Georgia Avenue, NW 20011

202-723-3322

PK4 - 8

Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

6

1503 East Capitol Street, SE 20003

202-547-7556

PK4 - 8

Center City PCS - Congress Heights

8

220 Highview Place, SE 20032

202-562-7070

PK4 - 8

Center City PCS - Petworth

4

510 Webster Street, NW 20011

202-726-9212

PK4 - 8

Center City PCS - Shaw

6

711 N Street, NW 20001

202-234-1093

PK4 - 8

Center City PCS - Trinidad

5

1217 West Virginia Avenue, NE 20002

202-397-1614

PK4 - 8

Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy Chávez Prep

1

770 Kenyon Street, NW 20010

202-723-3975

6-9

Cesar Chavez PCS for Public PolicyCapitol Hill

6

709 12th Street, SE 20003

202-547-3424

9-12

Cesar Chavez PCS for Public PolicyParkside Middle School

7

3701 Hayes Street, NE 20019

202-398-2230

6-8

Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy Parkside High School

7

3701 Hayes Street, NE 20019

202-398-2230

9-12

Community Academy PCS

4

1300 Allison Street, NW 20011

202-723-4100

PK3-5

Community Academy PCS - Amos 2

5

33 Riggs Road, NE 20011

202-723-5136

PK3-K

Community Academy PCS-Amos 3

5

1400 1st Street, NW 20001

202-234-2122

PK3-5

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School/Campus Name Community Academy PCS-Butler Global

Ward

Campus Street Address

Main Number

Grade Level Range

5

1400 1st Street, NW 20001

202-234-2122

PK3-5

Community Academy PCS - CAPCS Online

N/A

5 Thomas Circle, NW 20005

540-788-1492

K-8

Community College Preparatory Academy

8

2405 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE 20032

202-610-5780

Adult Ed - Adult Ed

Creative Minds International PCS

1

3224 16th Street, NW 20010

202-588-0370

PK3 - 3

DC Bilingual PCS

1

1420 Columbia Road, NW 20009

202-332-4200

PK3 - 6

DC Prep PCS

5

707 Edgewood Street, NE 20017

202-635-4590

PK3 - 8

DC Prep PCS - Benning Elementary

7

100 41st Street, NE 20019

202-398-2838

PK3 - 3

DC Prep PCS - Benning Middle

7

100 41st Street, NE 20019

202-398-2838

4-4

DC Prep PCS - Edgewood Elementary

5

707 Edgewood Street, NE 20017

202-635-4411

PK3 - 3

DC Prep PCS - Edgewood Middle

5

701 Edgewood Street, NE 20017

202-832-5700

4-8

DC Scholars PCS

7

5601 East Capitol Street, SE 20019

202-559-6138

PK3 - 4

E.L. Haynes PCS

1

3600 Georgia Avenue, NW 20010

202-667-4446

4-8

E.L. Haynes PCS - Kansas Avenue (High School)

4

4501 Kansas Avenue, NW 20011

202-706-5838

9 - 11

E.L. Haynes PCS - Kansas Avenue (Elementary School)

4

4501 Kansas Avenue, NW 20011

202-706-5828

PK3 - 3

Eagle Academy PCS - New Jersey Avenue

6

1017 New Jersey Avenue, SE 20003

202-459-6825

PK3 - 2

Eagle Academy PCS - Eagle Center at McGogney

8

3400 Wheeler Road, SE 20032

202-544-2646

PK3 - 3

Early Childhood Academy PCS

8

4025 9th Street, SE 20032

202-373-0035

PK3 - 3

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom

5

3700 Oakview Terrace, NE 20017

202-265-7237

PK3 - 6

Excel Academy PCS

8

2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE 20020

202-373-0097

PK3 - 5

Friendship PCS - Community Office

5

120 Q Street, NE Suite 200 20002

202-281-1700

N/A - N/A

Friendship PCS - Blow-Pierce Elementary & Middle

7

725 19th Street, NE 20002

202-572-1070

PK3 - 8

Friendship PCS - Chamberlain Elementary & Middle

6

1345 Potomac Avenue, SE 20003

202-547-5800

PK3 - 8

Friendship PCS - Collegiate Academy

7

4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE 20019

202-396-5500

9 - 12

Friendship PCS - Southeast Elementary Academy

8

645 Milwaukee Place, SE 20032

202-562-1980

PK3 - 5

Friendship PCS - Technology Preparatory Academy

8

620 Milwaukee Place, SE 20032

202-562-1681

6 - 11

Friendship PCS - Woodridge Elementary & Middle

5

2959 Carlton Avenue, NE 20018

202-635-6500

PK3 - 8

Hope Community PCS - Lamond

4

6200 Kansas Avenue, NE 20011

202-722-4421

PK3 - 6

Hope Community PCS - Tolson

5

2917 8th Street, NE 20017

202-832-7370

PK3 - 8

Hospitality High PCS

1

1851 9th Street, NW 20011

202-737-4150

9 - 12

Howard University Math and Science PCS

1

405 Howard Place, NW 20059

202-806-7725

6-8

Ideal Academy PCS

4

6130 North Capitol Street, NW 20011

202-729-6660

PK3 - 8

Imagine Southeast PCS

8

3100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE 20032

202-561-1622

PK3 - 6

Ingenuity Prep PCS

8

4600 Livingston Road, SE 20032

202-374-8458

PK3 - PK4

Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS

1

301 Douglas St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

202-248-6825

PK3 - 5

IDEA PCS

7

1027 45th Street, NE 20019

202-399-4750

9 - 12

KIPP DC - AIM Academy PCS

8

2600 Douglass Road, SE 20020

202-678-5477

5-8

KIPP DC - College Preparatory PCS

8

2600 Douglass Road, SE 20020

202-678-2527

9 - 12

KIPP DC - Discover Academy PCS

8

2600 Douglass Road, SE 20020

202-678-7735

PK3 - K

KIPP DC - Heights Academy PCS

8

2600 Douglass Road, SE 20020

202-610-5323

1-3

KIPP DC - Grow Academy PCS

2

421 P Street, NW 20001

202-986-4769

PK3 - K

KIPP DC - LEAD Academy PCS

2

421 P Street, NW 20001

202-223-4505

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Campus Street Address

Main Number

Grade Level Range

KIPP DC - WILL Academy PCS

2

421 P Street, NW 20001

202-328-9455

4-8

KIPP DC - KEY Academy PCS

7

4801 Benning Road, SE 20019

202-582-5477

5-8

KIPP DC - LEAP Academy PCS

7

4801 Benning Road, SE 20019

202-582-5327

PK3 - K

KIPP DC - Promise Academy PCS

7

4801 Benning Road, SE 20019

202-582-1390

1-4

KIPP DC - Connect Academy PCS

5

1375 Mount Olivet Road, NE 20002

202-396-5477

PK3 - PK4

KIPP DC - Spring Academy PCS

5

1375 Mount Olivet Road, NE 20002

202-397-5477

K-K

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS

5

1800 Perry Street, NE 20018

202-726-6200

PK3 - 5

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS

4

1375 Missouri Avenue, NW 20011

202-726-6200

PK3 - 3

LAYC Career Academy PCS

1

3047 15th Street, NW 20009

202-319-2228

Age 16 - Age 24

Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS

5

1404 Jackson Street, NE 20017

202-459-4710

PK3 - 8

Maya Angelou PCS - Evans High School

7

5600 East Capitol Street, NE 20019

202-379-4335

9 - 12

Maya Angelou PCS - Evans Middle School

7

5600 East Capitol Street, NE 20019

202-232-2885

7-8

Maya Angelou PCS - Young Adult Learning Center

7

5600 East Capitol Street, NE 20019

202-289-8898

Age 17 - Age 24

Meridian PCS

1

2120 13th Street, NW 20009

202-387-9830

PK3 - 8

Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS

1

3220 16th Street, NW 20010

202-630-8373

PK3 - 2

National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS

8

4600 Livingston Road, SE 20032

202-832-7737

9 - 12

The Next Step/El Próximo Paso PCS

1

3047 15th Street, NW 20009

202-319-2249

Age 16 - Age 24

The Next Step PCS [Night School]

1

3047 15th Street, NW 20009

202-319-2249

Age 18 - Age 24

Options PCS [Academy]

6

702 15th Street, NE 20002

202-232-4627

6 - 12

Options PCS

6

1375 E Street, NE 20002

202-547-1028

6 - 12

Paul PCS - Middle School

4

5800 8th Street, NW 20011

202-291-7499

6-8

Paul PCS - International High School

4

5800 8th Street, NW 20011

202-291-7499

9 - 10

Perry Street Preparatory PCS [Lower School]

5

1800 Perry Street, NE 20018

202-529-4400

PK3 - 8

Perry Street Preparatory PCS [Upper School]

5

1800 Perry Street, NE 20018

202-529-4400

9 - 12

Potomac Lighthouse PCS

5

4401 8th Street, NE 20017

202-526-6003

PK3 - 8

Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts

6

770 M Street, SE 2nd Floor 20003

202-388-1011

8 - 11

Roots PCS

4

15 Kennedy Street, NW 20011

202-882-8073

PK3 - 8

SEED PCS of Washington, D.C.

7

4300 C Street, SE 20019

202-248-7773

6 - 12

Sela PCS

4

6015-17 Chillum Place, NE 20009

202-670-7352

PK3 - 1

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS

1

1328 Florida Avenue, NW Annex 20009

202-319-2307

PK3 - 2

Somerset Preparatory Academy PCS

8

3301 Wheeler Road, SE 20032

202-562-9104

6-8

St. Coletta Special Education PCS

7

1901 Independence Avenue, SE 20003

202-350-8680

Ungraded

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

8

2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE 20020

202-563-6862

9 - 12

Tree of Life PCS

5

2315 18th Place, NE 20018

202-832-1108

PK3 - 8

Two Rivers PCS [Elementary Facility]

6

1227 4th Street, NE 20002

202-546-4477

PK3 - 5

Two Rivers PCS [Middle Facility]

6

1234 4th Street, NE 20002

202-543-8477

6-8

Washington Latin PCS - Middle School

4

5200 2nd Street, NW 20011

202-223-1111

5-8

Washington Latin PCS - Upper School

4

5200 2nd Street, NW 20011

202-223-1111

9 - 12

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS

5

1920 Bladensburg Road, NE 20002

202-636-8011

9 - 12

Washington Yu Ying PCS

5

220 Taylor Street, NE 20017

202-635-1950

PK4 - 6

William E. Doar, Jr. PCS for the Performing Arts

5

705 Edgewood Street, NE 20017

202-269-4646

PK3 - 8

YouthBuild PCS

1

3014 14th Street, NW 20009

202-319-0141

Adult Ed/GED (Age 16) - Adult Ed/GED (Age 24)

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★ ★ ★ ADVERTORIAL

SELA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL

Getting Immersed in Sela PCS At SELA, my daughter is singing again. For my family, this meant something was going right at her new school. She had music weekly in her old school but she wouldn’t participate. Hearing her sing again meant that SELA’s teachers and staff had created the safe and comfortable environment necessary for my daughter to take risks and belt it out again. Even better — she is singing in Hebrew and taking new joy in teaching us what she is singing about. SELA is a new Public Charter School whose mission is to offer children of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, from pre-K to 5th grade, the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on Hebrew Language Immersion, promotes the value of diversity and provides skills for taking action in the world. Over the past few months, our family has experienced unexpected joys, a new community, and a dedication to learning with the teachers, staff

SELA means “rock” or “foundation” in Hebrew, and a walk through SELA reveals the foundations of a new learning community. A giant tree has been created in the central atrium with branches that stretch toward colorful art covering the walls. Who knew that first-graders could use pastels in the style of Kadinsky, or that my daughter could make brush strokes like Van Gogh? Past the mobiles, paintings and pictures the kids have created, you can hear the bilingual learning going on in the classrooms. In the Pre-K classrooms, a majority immersion model is used for teaching, where most activities take place in Hebrew. Each early-childhood classroom is staffed by two teachers and is organized as a primarily Hebrew environment, with the majority of the content and activities in the classroom focusing on helping children acquire the vocabulary and proficiency in Hebrew to prepare them for kindergarten. Approximately 10-15% of the day in pre-kindergarten is set aside for English literacy, to en

and families of SELA.

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sure that the children are ready to enter kindergarten with skills for early literacy in English. The Kindergarten and upper grades use a 50:50 model of one-way immersion in which students spend equal study time in English and Hebrew with native speakers in both languages. Other content areas, such as math, social studies and science are taught in both languages. SELA academic days are longer to accommodate the bilingual learning as well as other subjects. At SELA, it is striking to see the English and Hebrew classrooms side-by-side—they could be half a world apart, but here, they share the same students. It is even more striking for me to see my daughter asked a math problem in English and answer in Hebrew. Hebrew is an entrée to other Semitic languages such as Arabic and Amharic. We also appreciate the cognitive development involved in our daughter learning a non18

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Latin alphabet. But SELA immerses students in more than just Hebrew. When we enrolled our daughter in SELA last year, we were committed to getting her a bilingual education, since we are only native English speakers at home. We expected that her language skills would blossom and they have. But we had no idea that her new school would propel her learning and development forward in other areas, from math to physical fitness. Here are highlights of her achievements so far this year: Her best day was when the older students complemented her work. •

She has found sportsmanship.

She does not leave without helping to clean up.

She knows to check her work and ask how to correct mistakes.


The First Hebrew Language Immersion Public Charter School in DC

She has a diverse group of friends who embody the world we live in.

She can shoot a basketball

Another aspect of SELA PCS that works for our family is the free before- and after-care. This has helped our family financially and allowed us to connect more with other families at SELA. I was recently told that one parent has to call and check the aftercare schedule so as not to miss dramatic play. Our daughter only lets us pick her up early for her weekly ballet class. The day always ends with hugs for teachers, staff and other students. At SELA, the students are having fun from the moment they sing each other to their classrooms in the morning, to when they play volleyball late in the afternoon. They are finding joy in their learning and progressing academically, socially and developmentally. My child’s universe is expanding at SELA to include a diverse group of friends and families making her better prepared our globalized world. I invite you and your children to come and join our journey at SELA. Visit Sela to see for yourself and follow my child’s school on Facebook.com/SelaPCS

Accepting Applications for SY14-15 Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2

ay every Tuesd from ld e h s e s u o n Open H Thursday afternoo d morning an ecember-March D To apply visit: myschooldc.org

*With the new common application, families must rank order their school choices. Each child will only receive one offer of admission in the lottery. If Sela PCS is your family’s first choice, you should rank order Sela PCS FIRST Application Deadline: March 3, 2014

FREE Before and After School Program Small Class Sizes with 2 teachers in each classroom Student Shuttle available with stops at: Eastern Market, 16th and Q, Ft. Totten Metro

Learn more: SelaPCS.org 6015-17 Chillum Place, NE Washington, DC 20011 202-670-SELA (7352) Follow us: @SelaPCS

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A SUMMER CHARTERED FOR SUCCESS

CREATING A SYNERGY BETWEEN THE BRAIN & THE BODY 20

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★ ★ ★ ADVERTORIAL

By Princess Mhoon Cooper

As a dance educator, movement of any kind, is highly recommended. For kids whom do not consider themselves ‘sporty,’ dance is the perfect physical activity.

While schools are cutting recess and arts programming, a generation of parents have found a way to stimulate their children throughout summer recess. Discovering the synergy between the brain and the body is top priority as they look to expand their child’s capacity to learn from late June to August. As a mother of 3 and the owner of a dance studio who has taught over 1,000 youth in the nation’s capital, I have a combination of experience and intuition on how to select the right summer program for children. My philosophy is rooted in creating diverse experiences while developing cognitive and motor skills. I follow 3 simple criteria: 1) Will the child continue to learn? 2) Will the staff “wear my kid out” with rigorous physical activities? 3) Is the environment stimulating and nurturing to their emotional well-being? This formula has never failed me, or the hundreds of parents I interact with every summer. Of course there are other factors like location and fees. However, many will drive the extra mile and make the financial sacrifice when it comes to enriching the lives of their children. For 8 weeks, youth have the opportunity to explore their interests beyond the classroom. It is a break from sitting at desks the majority of the day and allows them to express themselves freely, learn new skills, and have fun!

Every year I offer a daily Summer Dance Institute and a Summer Saturday Series. Students of all backgrounds and technical levels join me to go a journey where they explore Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, HipHop, and African dance. We culminate our week with an enrichment field trip and an in-studio performance to demonstrate what they have learned. Not only is this approach fun, exhilarating, and intense – it also challenges us to maximize the potential of each student in a short period of time. There are many studies that examine the benefits of dance, but I am always delighted to observe and hear testimonials about how our students have experienced the following during our summer programs: • Improved body awareness, posture, strength, and

flexibility. • Developed confidence and built social skills. • Increased self-esteem and the ability to communicate with a group. • Learned about other cultures and diverse traditions. • Discovered the importance of nutrition. • Experienced a range of dance techniques. • Engaged in a rigorous program that helped them to access their innate talents. In just a few short weeks we will all be shifting our schedules, taking different routes to drop the kids, and meeting new smiling faces whom we will entrust our most prized possessions with for 8 hours a day. I invite to visit the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute for one of our summer programs. It is sure to be a summer CHARTERED for physical, mental, and emotional success. Let’s Dance! The Princess Mhoon Dance Institute has locations in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. For more information visit www.princessmhoondance.com. Visit us online at DCCharterSchoolsMag.com |

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★ ★ ★ ADVERTORIAL

William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School

INSPIRING STUDENTS THROUGH ACADEMICS AND THE ARTS! The William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts (WEDJ) fosters a safe, creative, enjoyable, and culturally sensitive learning environment for all students with the goal of providing a college preparatory curriculum in both academics and the performing arts to produce the next generation of leaders for America and the global society. WEDJ provides outstanding academics and unparalleled arts instruction to DC students for free. We are proud to have on staff outstanding arts instructors and also partner

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with world-renowned, award-winning arts institutions whose teaching artists provide training of the highest caliber to our students in four conservatory areas. Dance and visual arts are taught by in-house experts, music is taught by musicians from the National Philharmonic and theatre is taught by actors from the Shakespeare Theatre. All of our students, from PreK through eighth grade, enjoy and benefit from instruction in movement, music, theatre, and visual arts. For example, in the music program, our youngest students participate in weekly classes


Our full day of camp for Pre-K through 8th graders includes academics, sports, dance, music, art, theatre and cultural field trips. Spaces are limited, so register NOW!!!!! Academics

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Writing

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Register (or learn more) Email us info@wedjschool.us

Camp hours

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• Strengthens students’ ability to think critically,

solve problems, and use creativity, enhancing academic achievement and success in school. • Promotes the development of children of all back-

grounds, helping close the achievement gap. • Teaches critical values such as working within a

team toward a shared goal and understanding and respecting others’ points of view. • Develops skills needed in school and in life, includ-

ing self-discipline, responsibility, goal-setting, and the ability to envision a product and see it through from beginning to end. with our conservatory partners. Students from kindergarten through second grade learn violin daily through the Suzuki method. Older students have the opportunity

from all backgrounds given the opportunity to work with internationally known artists—during the school day—

to play in the band or orchestra or learn piano. Students

for free. We are providing the foundation for a lifetime

may also choose to concentrate in dance, theatre, or vi-

of love for and appreciation of the arts, whether our stu-

sual arts. All students receive opportunities to attend

dents choose to pursue careers as dancers, musicians, ac-

full-length performances by our conservatory partners,

tors, or artists, or simply practice their crafts to nurture

exposing them to a world of mind-expanding and soul-

their spirits.

enriching creativity.

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Nowhere else in the District of Columbia are students

We look forward to seeing you backstage, in the audi-

We chose to emphasize the arts not just for the joy of

ence, and in the classroom as we work together to edu-

learning and practicing an art form, but for the proven in-

cate and enrich your child through academics and the

tellectual benefits the arts provide to children. According

arts. If you have any questions about our school or our

to a study by Americans for the Arts, studying perform-

programs, please feel free to contact us at 202-269-4646

ing and visual arts

or visit our website at www.wedjschool.us.

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NOW CELEBRATING 5 YEARS! Northeast Washington, DC

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w w w.k id sa n d cu l tu re. co m

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A Cooperative Efforts By Moms Who Care By Monica Utsey

She’s the preacher’s wife of Georgia Avenue Church of Christ, a devoted homeschooling mother of two, community activist, and part-time attorney operating out of her home office. It wouldn’t seem possible for Jania Otey of Petworth to squeeze anything else into her schedule. But she did. Otey had been thinking about a camp for her children for two years. Quality and affordability were very important. Unable to find what she wanted, Otey reached out to her mother’s groups and many answered the call. More than anything Otey wanted the camp to send a message to residents that mothers care about affordable, quality programs for children. “Many children of color may not have the opportunity to attend camps with high quality programming because of the cost,” says Otey. After months of Monday night conference calls, meetings around her dining room table with the children tended to by teen babysitters in the basement, the mothers pulled the plan together. The mom team tackled projects with precision. A mom experienced in project management facilitated the planning, while another skilled in web and graphic design created the website and handled the creation of flyers and promotional materials. Another mom with experience operating a daycare service, created the themes for the camp. Amazingly, all of this was accomplished in the same 24-hours allotted for mother-

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ing, working, and for some of the moms, homeschooling too! “I stayed up late until 3 am in the morning and woke up early on many days,” says Otey. “I work best when the kids are asleep.” Skilled in multitasking, Otey incorporated errands into the regular homeschool day and turned business trips into field trips. All of their efforts paid-off. In June 2010, Kids and Culture Camp was established and has provided high quality, affordable, fun, educational and culturally enhancing activities for children ages 3-12 during the summer for the past four years. Kids and Culture Camp provides four weeks of programming in an effort to introduce children to international affairs at an early age. Through handson activities, each week campers embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of nature, music, foreign languages, sports, art, exercise, geography, science, math, history, literature and field trips. This summer’s weekly themes and cultures of focus include: Thailand’s Timeless Treasures, Gleaning Gullah/ Geechee’s Genealogy, Grasping Ghana’s Greatness, and Pondering Puerto Rico’s Paradise. In addition to the cultural lessons taught in a classroom setting, campers will participate in life-skills activities, such as cultural


cooking classes, public speaking sessions, and character building exercises. Specialty classes such as chess, yoga, and capoeira are also incorporated into each camp session. Kids and Culture Camp will be held at Community Academy Public Charter School’s Amos 2 campus in northeast, D.C. What’s unique about this camp is that several very talented parent-educators are the teachers. It’s apparent that this is a labor of love for Kids and Culture Camp’s impressive roster of cooperative teachers, most, who do not receive pay for their work. “The cooperative concept is a very unique one and speaks volumes even before you meet the staff,” says Jennifer Muhammad, founder of the Little Genius Science and Math program in Southeast. Muhammad has more than 15 years teaching experience,

“We are making learning fun. We will use chess to teach mathematical concepts.” Otey says the camp would not take place without the cooperative effort of the moms who answered the call from all over the metro area. Kids and Culture Camp has also partnered with several organizations that are committed to providing enriching activities for children during the summer such as Community Academy Public Charter School Online/K-12, Community Academy Public Charter School’s Amos 2 Campus, Paul Public Charter School, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B. Others in the community are donating time as well, including professional artists, librarians, and personal trainers. The moms aren’t the only ones who believe in the vision of Kids and Culture Camp!

is fluent in Spanish, and will be teaching the camp’s preschool groups. The theme of culture has been a big draw for parents. Otey says many camps in the area are either academic or sports driven. Kids and Culture’s aim is to teach children about culture in a memorable way.” Muhammad says,

For more information visit www.kidsandculture.com, email info@kidandculture.com, or call 202.643.8787. Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kidsandculturecamp Twitter @KandCCampDC Portions of this article were first published in East of River www. eastoftheriverdcnews.com. Visit us online at DCCharterSchoolsMag.com |

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Positive Coaching Leads to Future Success Kids Elite Sports Camp was started in 2013 with the vision of developing youth to excel at high school, collegiate, and professional sports by fostering character, teamwork, and scholastic achievement. Kids Elite is the premier summer program providing an array of recreational and competitive sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball, kickball, badminton, tug of war, flag football, wiffle ball, swimming, board games, and much more.

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numerous youth track and field records over an eight year period. During his tenure with the Redwings, Inc., Dunham served as an athletic director at Paul PCS for seven years and coached numerous sports teams including soccer, basketball, and flag football. In addition, he was recognized as a 3-Time Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year.

Kids Elite provides an excellent foundation for your child’s development through individual and team sports. These “FUN” filled activities have been crafted to help your child develop essential motor skills to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Most of all, they will have a deeper appreciation for physical activity and sportsmanship, plus an ability to bond with peers and teammates. Our goal is to inspire, challenge, and motivate our campers to dream the impossible! We aspire to foster character and self-awareness through an emphasis on athletics, teamwork, scholastic achievement, and sportsmanship. Kids Elite strives to develop well-rounded individuals who will excel in school and throughout society while living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Following Paul, Coach Dunham consequently led his Roosevelt High School boys and girls track teams in Greenbelt, MD to win state championships and notably back to back Penn Relay Championships. With a brief four (4) year stint as the assistant track and head cross country coach at NCAA Division I program, University of Maryland, he returned to coaching high school in 2012, landing at Wilson Senior High School in Washington, DC. This past fall, Coach Dunham led his girls cross country team to the DCIAA City Championship breaking a record by placing 1st thru 5th place. This victory was unprecedented and never done in the history of the sport in Washington, DC. Now he has decided to devote his love of coaching and mentoring young children to run on to see their potential if they dedicate themselves mentally, physically and academically.

Kids Elite Sports Camp was founded by Desmond Dunham, a native of Gary, IN with over 20 years of professional and collegiate experience. After falling in love with the city, its people, and its culture, he and his wife and family of two made Washington, DC his home. Commonly referred to as Coach Dunham, his career began as a state champion in high school, then as a collegiate athlete of Howard University, next as a teacher and coach, ultimately becoming one of the foremost coaches in the nation. After matriculating from Howard University with a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology, he founded The DC Redwings Youth Program, Inc., training youth runners, many of whom went on to break

Why Kids Elite Sports Camp? The dedication, experience, and commitment needed to develop the youth athletes of today is a unique and challenging process that must be navigated by someone whom possesses both wisdom and character. Coach Dunham’s knowledge of recreational and competitive athletics is without comparison. If you are wondering about his character, you don’t have to look far to find someone whose life was positively impacted! The answer is simple, but the choice is yours! If you would like more information visit us at www.kidselitesports.com or call us at (240)321-9287. Thanks in advance for choosing Kids Elite Sports and giving your child the experience of a lifetime!

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