UrbanTurf Reader Asks: Where Are DC’s Best Charter Schools?

by UrbanTurf Staff

Former Capital City Public Charter School

In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a reader who is considering moving out of the District as her children approach school age inquires as to where the best public charter schools are in the city.

Earlier today, I read an article in The Post, which said that 40 percent of children in DC now attend public charter schools. My husband and I have long thought that we would move out of the city once our kids got to be elementary-school age, but this article made me think that charter schools might be an alternative that would persuade us to stay put. We love DC and would love to hear the thoughts of UrbanTurf readers who know of good charter schools in the city. Based on the comments, our decision may switch from moving out of the city to just moving somewhere else within the DC borders.

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  1. Gary said at 5:06 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    Inspired Teaching Public Charter School is the way to go!! I know many people who’s kids go there and they absolutely love it. check them out at http://www.inspiredteachingschool.org

  1. srt said at 5:07 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    I have heard good things about the Latin public charter school on 16th but it is hard to know which charter schools are still open these days.

  1. Michele said at 5:08 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    The DC Charter Board is a great source of information on all charter schools in the city. You can also read http://www.examiner.com/charter-schools-in-washington-dc on a regular basis.
    Charter schools have different “personalities” and have various teaching methods. Some of the best performing charter schools are: Washington Latin and DC Prep, but you can find lots of good ones by doing some research, checking test scores and visiting campuses.

  1. Laura Bowman Pimentel said at 5:20 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB)! Great teachers and staff. My 4-year-old is thriving. Finding a good school in the District (and surviving the drama of lotteries and waiting lists) is a bit of a wild ride, but there are good options out there. Do your research, go to a ton of open houses, submit applications for all the schools that are of interest to you and then sit back and bite your nails while you wait for the Fates to smile on you.

  1. Lindsay said at 6:14 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    I will echo Laura’s comments about LAMB. My 5-year-old is there, and she loves it. We love it. It is a wonderful school, and it goes through 5th grade. I have also heard good things about E.L. Haynes in Petworth. There are a lot of good options in DC, including DCPS schools. Shepherd Park Elementary and West Elementary have also been recommended to me. Good luck in your search. You can make it work!

  1. Richard said at 6:21 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    For those interested in good charter schools east of the river, K.I.P.P. at 4801 Benning Road SE(http://www.kippdc.org/) in Ward 7 is performing well.

  1. notlawd said at 7:12 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    How early do you need to get on the wait list for the best schools?

  1. Jamie said at 8:35 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    My wife did some consulting for Stoakes in Brookland and she came away impressed with its curriculum and energy.  We have friends whose kids go to Yu Ying and they seem quite happy.  Our daughter goes to Janney Elementary (DCPS) in Tenleytown and we really love the school.  So, there are great charter schools but there are also some very good elementary schools that can go toe to toe with what you will find in Arlington or Bethesda.

  1. Lola said at 10:47 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    Don’t overlook DC public schools—there are several excellent elementary schools.  Our daughters are at Ross and we think it is fantastic.

  1. Pho said at 11:10 pm on Tuesday November 8, 2011:

    Thank you Lola.  Please take a second look at your neighborhood D.C. Public School.  My niece left a D.C. Public for a D.C. Charter and it was the worst decision my family ever made.  For those pushing K.I.P.P., take a look at Western Michigan Univ’s study on K.I.P.P. 

  1. Perry Minor said at 7:25 am on Wednesday November 9, 2011:

    I heard great things about Two Rivers Charter School. The teachers all have graduate (Masters)degrees and they’re mostly all Bilinguel. Pretty challenging to get in as they have a long wait list. But you never know!

  1. Jennifer said at 10:54 am on Thursday November 10, 2011:

    Love this discussion on schools!  I’ve done some research on BASIS DC after reading about them in Newsweek (Top 10 public school) and have met with the director of admissions…very impressed with what I see so far!  They open fall of 2012 in DC (location TBD).  I believe the school will start with 5th Grade. 

    Here’s the 411 on the school if you’re not familiar with them: It is an open enrollment school, free to any student who wants to learn and work hard. They believe all children can learn at the highest, internationally benchmarked standards. Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post rank BASIS Tucson among the top 10 public high schools in the United States. The school offers an accelerated curriculum that is set to the highest standards in the world, motivates students to reach their true academic potential, and prepares them for the demands of college and the work force.

    BASIS DC will offer students the same academic program that earned BASIS Tucson national acclaim and, unlike many of the nation’s elite academic institutions, it will offer this top-quality education to all students who wish to enroll.

    THEIR VISION:  Our vision is simple. We provide a world-class education to all students. We believe we can not only close the achievement gap between underserved children and their more affluent peers, but also the growing global achievement gap between students in the United States and their international peers in countries with the highest performing education systems.

    Our philosophy is simple. We hire teachers who love children and are experts in their subject matter. We give them the support and freedom they need to perfect their craft. We teach students the study and organizational skills early on in middle school so they can take responsibility for their own education. Finally, we raise the bar for student achievement to internationally competitive levels and we hold everyone – students, teachers, and managers – accountable for their results.

  1. Kim said at 6:03 pm on Wednesday February 22, 2012:

    I thought K.I.P.P would be great for my son. WRONG:(
    We are very,very disappointed. (young teachers trying to teach!!!!)

  1. Joey said at 7:04 pm on Thursday August 22, 2013:

    We spent a year at Inspired Teaching - we have taken our 2 girls out and are moving on.
    Especially not impressed with the Principal Ms. Duskin. The school environment is not welcoming. The academics are not that rigorous. Many questions and emails to the Principal are ignored and unanswered. We were impressed with Mr. Henderson as a teacher but he has moved on as well.In talking with other parents I know we are not alone in our feelings.
    We did love, love, love, our year at Appletree Columbia Heights- wish they would expand to a full elementary school.

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