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INSIDE THIS ISSUE — DC Public Charter School Board’s New Website Highlights Quality of Schools — Overscheduled: Finding Balance in the Extracurricular Arms Race — DC Charter Schools Directory (PK-12 thru Adult Education Programs) — PMDI- The Power of Movement — Selecting a Charter School A Parents Firsthand Account

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Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 issue of DC Charter Schools Magazine (DC CSM)! 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 a magnificent dance school for your extracurricular needs, a message from the DC Public Charter School Board and an insightful article from clinical psychologist Dr. Maia Coleman King “Overscheduled: Finding Balance in the Extracurricular Arms Race.” sUse DC Charter Schools Magazine as an informational tool to help navigate your school selection process. More information can be found at

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Bridges Public Charter School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Meridian Public Charter . . . . . . . . . . . . Backcover

CAPCS ONLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Princess Mhoon Dance Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

District of Columbia Public Charter School Board . . . . . . . . . 12

Paul Public Charter School . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

IDEA Public Charter School . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Features: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Overscheduled: Finding Balance in the Extracurricular Arms Race . . . . . . . 6 The Power of Movement: Bringing Dance to the Classroom . . . . . . . 10 Seleting a Charter School A Parents Firsthand Account . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Directory of Schools . . . . . . . . . . 20


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Bridges Public Charter School was founded in 2005 as a preschool program and in 2012 was approved by the DC Public Charter School Board to expand into an elementary school. Located in the Petworth neighborhood in Ward 4, the School has been providing the District of Columbia with high quality educational slots for the past 9 years. Voted the “Best Preschool in DC” by the City Paper Reader’s poll for 2013 and runner-up for best preschool for 2014, the school has strong support from its current families as well as the families of graduates.


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Bridges mission is to provide an exemplary educational program that includes students with special needs. Bridges is unique in the DC education landscape; working to educate the full range of students—typically developing students as well as those who need high level special education support. Currently serving 270 students in Pre-K3 through 2nd grade, the school’s population is 70% typically developing students and 30% students with special needs. The school is accredited by the Mid-Atlantic States Association of Independent Schools

and has both inclusion and high level special education classrooms. The school will grow to serve 400 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5 by 2017. With highly qualified teaching staff, a hands-on investigative curriculum and strong student support services, Bridges’ educational approach nurtures students and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. The school day is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with a half day on Wednesday (1:00 pm dismissal). The school offers before care starting at 7:30 am and after school care until 6pm. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on income. Join the Bridges learning community! Spaces are available for the 2015-2016 school year in grades Pre-K 3 through 3. To learn more about the school visit our website,

or attend an Information/Open House Session. To apply complete an online common application at myschooldc. org. The deadline to complete the application for the lottery is March 2, 2015. Applications completed and received after March 2 will be placed on the waiting list. During the school year when spaces become available the school admits students from the waiting list. Information /Open House sessions are from 9:30 am -10:30 am on January 22 and 29; February 19 and 26 and March 19 and 26, 2015. You must register to attend a session. Please call 202-5450515 to register, a limit of 20 people per session.

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by Maia Coleman King, Ph.D.


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Things have changed significantly since the days of coming home from school, maybe grabbing a snack or completing homework, but in no time heading back out of the door to find neighborhood cronies to get into mischief with. These days, every moment of our children’s days are pre-choreographed from the development of the term “playdate” to competitive sports and activities that demand endless hours of weekly practice and rehearsal, not to mention demanding schedules for performances and competitions. From birth, in many communities across the country parents begin the race to enroll their child in the top pre-schools in the nation, which unconsciously places undue pressure on youngsters to “perform” from their first Apgar test, to meeting early childhood developmental milestones. In response to demands to make sure your newborn will “measure” up to his/her infant peers, as early as six weeks old you can enroll your infant in classes such as music, movement and planned social interaction. Research supports the notion that involvement in extracurricular activities can boost academic performance (Luther, Shoum & Brown, 2006), increase self-esteem (Barber, Eccles & Stone, 2001) and keep youth, adolescents especially, engaged in school (Luther, et al, 2006). In the quest to raise well-rounded children, many parents struggle with knowing how many is too many activities for your child. In order to find this balance, it is important to start with examining your priorities. Even at a very young age you can teach your children values about what is really important by how you spend and invest your (and their) time. Pressure to make sure your child “measures-up” and can be competitive with peers can become detrimental in some situations. The demands of a rigorous academic program coupled with participation in multiple extracurricular pursuits can lead to sleep deprivation, fatigue and premature burnout. In fact, the pressure that some children feel for high performance can lead to the development of stress-related symptoms such as insomnia, stomach aches, head aches, anxiety and depression (Gilbert, 1999). In order to avoid these pitfalls, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has published tips to help children maintain balance between academics and activities:

Check in on time management. Regularly discuss the schedule with your child to make sure their involvement in extracurricular activities isn't negatively impacting their academics. Discuss scheduling and time management to be sure they are not overwhelmed.

Divide your attention equally. Be sure that you spend as much time with your child reviewing schoolwork as you do in helping to prepare for a sports game or practice for a music or dance recital.

Don't push in the wrong direction. Encourage your children to get involved in at least one club or activity of their choosing. Pushing children into an extracurricular activity that they don't like, may lead to resentment of you and/or the activity.

Promote real-world activities. Volunteering or getting involved in a language club or the school yearbook can help to make learning a child's favorite subject, such as English or Mandarin, even more enjoyable.

Encourage role models. Kids need the friendship and inspiration found in the relationships with teachers, counselors, and coaches that develop during extracurricular activities.

Foster friendships. Allow children to be involved with friends as part of these clubs to build lasting relationships.

Teach them about teamwork and competition. Encourage an interest in sports or other activities that require tryouts and competition. Kids will learn the value of good teamwork and competition.

Talk about good sportsmanship and build strong selfesteem. Being involved in extracurricular activities can sometimes mean losing or winning an event or competition. Help prepare your child for those ups and downs.

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curricular activities can often add extra costs to the family budget (for uniforms, instruments, and club fees) so that they value your financial commitment. •

See switching gears as normal. Don't be too upset if your child wants to change activities. It's important to try new things and switching activities is a healthy part of childhood development.

Adapted from information retrieved on The Centers for Youth and Families (http://centersforyouthandfamilies. org/) High activity involvement becomes particularly toxic only when it occurs in an overly demanding and critical family milieu (Luthar, et al, 2006). Thus, providing positive support in a warm nurturing environment can mean the difference between thriving and building character vs. developing potentially crippling emotional problems. Hence, parents must carefully craft opportunities for your child to challenge him/herself, build skills outside of academics, and develop invaluable personality characteristics such as grit. In Paul Tough’s book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” we learn that the development of “non-cognitive” skills such as persistence, self-control, conscientiousness and self-confidence are far more valuable than high IQ or SAT scores when looking at long-term achievement and success. Therefore, a delicate balance must be struck between supporting children’s interests and non-academic pursuits, while at the same time ensuring that they build a strong educational foundation, along with other invaluable personality traits such as character. Another common notion is that overscheduling can lead to a reduction in opportunities for children to spend invaluable quality time with their family. One measure of quality time is the number of days a week children (and adolescents) eat dinner with parents, which is an important determinant in reducing maladjustment (Luther, et al, 2006). Research suggests that children who eat dinner with their families, on average, develop stronger vocabularies, build self-confidence, participate more often in school and learn important social skills. Even further, pressuring children to engage in activities they’d rather

not (or do not enjoy) also leads to increased emotional distress for the child. Know your child and be mindful about his/her interests and limits. Take the time to check-in frequently to gauge your child’s continued interest and comfort level with a chosen activity. Encourage them to remain keenly involved in the selection and participation in activities to build a sense of responsibility and increase overall adjustment. Make sure they can come to you, and as a parent, listen to your child when he/she feels it is time to slow down, or put on the breaks. Striking the right balance based on your child’s individual needs and interests can ultimately lead to invaluable gains in the extracurricular arms race. References Barber, B. L., Eccles, J. S., Stone, M. R. (2001). Whatever Happened to the Jock, the Brain, and the Princess? Young Adult Pathways Linked to Adolescent Activity Involvement and Social Identity. Journal of Adolescent Research, 16, 429-455. CFCY Marketing (2012, September 28). School and Extracurricular Activities – It’s a Balancing Act. Retrieved October 6, 2014 fro Gilbert, S. (1999, August 3). For Some Children it’s an Afterschool Pressure Cooker. New York Times, p. F-7. Luthar, S., Shoum, K. & Brown (2006). Extracurricular Involvement Among Affluent Youth: A Scapegoat for “Ubiquitous Achievement Pressures”? Developmental Psychology, 42, 583-597. Tough, P. (2012). How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. New York, NY: Mariner Books.

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 depresContinued on page 25


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By Princess Mhoon, Director Princess Mhoon Dance Institute

We All Hate To Be Glued To A Chair Early in life, I realized I needed to move. Every. Day. While I was an excellent student in the classroom: eager to listen, to learn, praised for being able to sit still and pay attention, achieving high marks and behaving, I still reveled in my ability to move. In fact, I completely rejected a professional path that would require long hours of study while sitting glued to a chair. Instead, I chose a career that allowed me to develop my inclination to stretch-leap-and jump as much as possible. As a college student I set my sights on physical virtuosity and mastery as a major. I chose a career in DANCE: the ultimate connection between the brain and the body… 10

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Let’s Dance - Let’s Shout - Shake Your Body Down To The Ground Today, with over 25 years of experience as a dance artist and educator, I create movement and teach thousands how to use their bodies as a catalyst to realize their highest potential. In the classroom, dance studio, and on the stage dance serves as more than a groove to the beat. What I have found is that everyone, children and adults, have an intrinsic desire to move. When you think about it, all humans are born with the natural inclination to physically explore the world. Through dance, sports, and everyday activities we use our bodies as a vehicle to ex-

perience life and maximize our existence. The less you are able to move, the closer you are to leaving this earth.

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tury history with the Ragtime tunes of Scott Joplin as the musical backdrop; using their imagination they re-enact southern migrants reaching New York City exploring a new future in Harlem.

The passive learning posture of sitting in a chair, at a desk, listening, reading, being still – decreases the oxygen to the brain. According to Harvard Medical School’s Professor John Ratey, in a 2008 Education Week article, physical exercise” puts the brain of the learners in the optimal position for them to learn.”

These learning experiences can stick with a student and anchor them to the lesson learned for a lifetime. As educators, we aim to empower them with factual information and the courage to trust their creative impulses enough to develop ideas of their own. Our goal is help create the Artist/Scholar!

The traditional classroom-learning model of sitting all day is outdated. We have learned that a physical connection to subject matter is one of the most powerful methods for teaching. It is especially effective for students diagnosed with learning challenges. Movement arts is the answer as it increases oxygen to the brain and provides an alternative teaching mechanism for educators looking for innovative ways to reach their diverse student base.

Bringing Dance To The Classroom

Movement Anchors Thought As neurophysiologist Carla Hannaford says in her book, Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head, “Movement anchors thought.” Some of my most impactful work has taken place in schools and classrooms where we develop and connect movement-based programs using the classroom curriculum. When given the opportunity to dance while learning students soar. Imagine a 1st grader studying the changing of the seasons while listening to Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and improvising a dance that depicts the leaves falling from trees and being swept away by the wind. Or perhaps, a high school freshman studying early 20th cen-

Developing these types of programs has been seminal to my work as an arts educator. The Princess Mhoon Dance Institute has developed DANCING FEET, an outreach program that allows us to bring dance and movement based programs to schools and recreational centers in the Nation’s Capitol and greater Washington, DC areas. Let us bring DANCING FEET to you! For more information on DANCING FEET or PMDI studio classes contact us: Princess Mhoon Dance Institute 301-565-8151 Princess Mhoon is the Director of the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute located in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a choreographer, dance educator, and dance scholar with a BFA in Dance and MA in Public History from Howard University

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DC Public Charter School Board’s New Website Highlights Quality of Schools We are thrilled to announce we have a brand new website,!


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Families now can go online to compare multiple public charter schools’ and view academic and financial performance.

Our new website offers: • More stories and information about DC’s public

charter schools • Enhanced school search

• Improved access to reports and school performance

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Celebrating DC’s biggest gains in math scores Ranked in the top 10 in math, reading, and composition among all non-selective DC high schools. In 2014, IDEA scholars outperformed all other high school students in Ward 7 on the DC-CAS. IDEA has now earned the designation of Reward School by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education for two consecutive years.



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IDEA Academic Achievements

• College preparatory curriculum • Small class sizes and individualized attention

• Achievement on the DC-CAS math test increased by 29 percentage points, the greatest student gain of any DC high school in 2013–2014.

• Microsoft Academy offering technology training and certification valued by employers

• Achievement by seniors on the SAT test improved by 17 percentage points.

• Advanced architecture and computer-aided design classes prepare scholars for careers in engineering, architecture, and design

• At our current rate of performance, IDEA is positioned to become a Tier I school, the highest classification of DC public charter schools, by 2017.

• Competitive athletic teams including charter league champions in volleyball and softball • Leadership skills, discipline, and civic responsibility through JROTC • New computers and textbooks and cutting-edge technology including a 3-D printer • State-of-the-art fitness facilities • Dual degree program with the University of the District of Columbia Community College and online learning opportunities for students at all levels seeking challenges beyond IDEA’s curriculum

The mission of IDEA Public Charter School is to prepare students with the academic, social, leadership, and occupational skills for post-secondary opportunities and to be responsible citizens who contribute to the community. Learn more about IDEA at: 202-399-4750

Justin Rydstrom Head of School

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Academy of Hope Adult PCS [Southeast]

School/Campus Name

3700 9th St SE


Academy of Hope Adult PCS [Edgewood]

601 Edgewood St NE, Suite 25


Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS – Elementary

1500 Mississippi Avenue SE


Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS – Middle

908 Wahler Place SE


AppleTree Early Learning PCS – Columbia Heights

2750 14th Street NW


AppleTree Early Learning PCS – Lincoln Park

138 12th Street NE


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330 21st Street NE


AppleTree Early Learning PCS – Southeast [Douglass Knoll]

2017 Savannah Terrace SE


AppleTree Early Learning PCS – Southeast [Parklands]

2011 Savannah Street SE


AppleTree Early Learning PCS – Southwest

801 7th Street SW



410 8th Street NW


Bridges PCS [Main]

1250 Taylor Street NW


4300 13th Street NW


Briya PCS [Main]

2333 Ontario Road NW


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Bridges PCS [Sharpe]

1755 Newton Street NW


Briya PCS [Georgia Ave]

3912 Georgia Ave NW


Capital City PCS – High School

100 Peabody Street NW


Capital City PCS – Lower School

100 Peabody Street NW


Capital City PCS – Middle School

100 Peabody Street NW


Carlos Rosario International PCS [Harvard St]

1100 Harvard Street NW


514 V Street NE


701 Howard Road SE

202-610-4193, 4194, 5780

Carlos Rosario International PCS [Sonia Gutierrez] Cedar Tree Academy PCS Center City PCS – Brightwood

6008 Georgia Avenue NW

Center City PCS – Capitol Hill

Center City PCS – Congress Heights

220 Highview Place SE


Center City PCS – Petworth

510 Webster Street NW


711 N Street NW


Center City PCS – Shaw Center City PCS – Trinidad

1217 West Virginia Avenue NE


César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Capitol Hill

709 12th Street SE


César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Chávez Prep

770 Kenyon Street NW


César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Parkside High School

3701 Hayes Street NE


César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Parkside Middle School

3701 Hayes Street NE


Community Academy PCS – Amos 1

1300 Allison Street NW


Community Academy PCS – Amos 2

33 Riggs Road NE


Community Academy PCS – Amos 5

1400 First Street NW



Community Academy PCS – CAPCS Online Community College Preparatory Academy PCS Creative Minds International PCS


202-723-3322 202-547-7556

2405 Martin Luther King Avenue SE

202- 610- 5780‎

3224 16th Street NW


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Main Number


DC Bilingual PCS

1420 Columbia Road NW


100 41st Street NE


DC Prep PCS – Benning Elementary DC Prep PCS – Benning Middle

100 41st Street NE


DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Elementary

707 Edgewood Street NE


DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Middle

701 Edgewood Street NE


DC Scholars PCS Democracy Prep Congress Heights PCS District of Columbia International School

5601 East Capitol Street SE


3100 Martin Luther King Avenue SE


3220 16th Street NW


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3600 Georgia Avenue NW


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

4501 Kansas Avenue NW


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4501 Kansas Avenue NW


1017 New Jersey Avenue SE


3400 Wheeler Road SE


4301 9th Street SE


3700 Oakview Terrace NE


Excel Academy PCS – DREAM

2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE


Excel Academy PCS – LEAD

2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE


725 19th Street NE


Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS

Friendship PCS – Blow-Pierce Elementary Friendship PCS – Blow-Pierce Middle

725 19th Street NE


Friendship PCS – Chamberlain Elementary

1345 Potomac Avenue SE


Friendship PCS – Chamberlain Middle

1345 Potomac Avenue SE


Friendship PCS – Collegiate Academy

4095 Minnesota Avenue NE


Friendship PCS – Southeast Elementary Academy

645 Milwaukee Place SE


Friendship PCS – Technology Preparatory Academy

620 Milwaukee Place SE


Friendship PCS – Woodridge Elementary

2959 Carlton Avenue NE


Friendship PCS – Woodridge Middle

2959 Carlton Avenue NE


62 T St NE


6200 Kansas Avenue NE


2917 8th Street NE


405 Howard Place NW


1027 45th Street NE


Ideal Academy PCS

6130 North Capitol Street NW


Ingenuity Prep PCS

4600 Livingston Road SE


Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS

301 Douglas Street NE



2600 Douglass Road SE


5300 Blaine Street NE


2600 Douglass Road SE


KIPP DC – Connect Academy PCS

1375 Mount Olivet Road NE


KIPP DC – Discover Academy PCS

2600 Douglass Road SE


Harmony DC PCS – School of Excellence Hope Community PCS – Lamond Hope Community PCS – Tolson Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science PCS IDEA PCS

KIPP DC – Arts & Technology Academy PCS KIPP DC – College Preparatory PCS

KIPP DC – Grow Academy PCS

421 P Street NW


KIPP DC – Heights Academy PCS

2600 Douglass Road SE



4801 Benning Road SE


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Main Number


KIPP DC – Lead Academy PCS

421 P Street NW



4801 Benning Road SE


KIPP DC – Northeast Academy PCS

1375 Mount Olivet Road NE


KIPP DC – Promise Academy PCS

4801 Benning Road SE


KIPP DC – Quest Academy PCS

5300 Blaine Street NE


KIPP DC – Spring Academy PCS

1375 Mount Olivet Road NE



421 P Street NW


1375 Missouri Avenue NW


Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS [Missouri] Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS [South Dakota]

1800 Perry Street NE


LAYC Career Academy PCS

3047 15th Street NW


Lee Montessori PCS

301 Douglas Street NE


Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS

1404 Jackson Street NE

202-459-4710 ext. 600

Maya Angelou PCS – Evans High School

5600 East Capitol Street NE



Maya Angelou PCS – Young Adult Learning Center

5600 East Capitol Street NE


2120 13th Street NW


Meridian PCS Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS Options PCS



1375 E Street NE


Paul PCS – International High School

5800 8th Street NW


Paul PCS – Middle School

5800 8th Street NW


Perry Street Preparatory PCS

1800 Perry Street NE


Potomac Preparatory PCS

4401 8th Street NE


770 M Street SE 2nd Floor


15 Kennedy Street NW


4300 C Street SE


Sela PCS

6015 Chillum Place NE


Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS

6017 Chillum Place NE


Somerset Preparatory Academy PCS

3301 Wheeler Road SE


1901 Independence Avenue SE


Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts Roots PCS SEED PCS of Washington, DC

St. Coletta Special Education PCS The Next Step/El Próximo Paso PCS

3047 15th Street NW


2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE


Tree of Life PCS

2315 18th Place NE


Two Rivers PCS [Elementary]

1227 4th Street NE


Two Rivers PCS [Middle]

1234 4th Street NE


Washington Latin PCS – Middle School

5200 2nd Street NW


Washington Latin PCS – Upper School

5200 2nd Street NW


1920 Bladensburg Road NE


220 Taylor Street NE


705 Edgewood Street NE


Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS Washington Yu Ying PCS William E. Doar, Jr. PCS for the Performing Arts


3220 16th Street NW 4600 Livingston Road SE

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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 24

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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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sion 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 and WPPSI-IV).

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 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

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. In 2014, Dr. Coleman King became a member and Chairman of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Board of Psychology. 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 was a recurring guest on Skyline 360, a weekly radio program on WVLS Radio. Special Thanks to: Andreanetta Haywood Psychological Group of Washington intern. Maia Coleman King, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Psychological Group of Washington 1707 L Street, NW #220  Washington, DC 20036 ph. 202.223.9844 fx. 202.223.9845 friend us on facebook: psychgroupdc follow us on twitter: @psychgroupdc Visit us online at |


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