Notice of Charter Reviews: Goodwill Excel Center PCS, Richard Wright PCS, Rocketship Education DC PCS, Shining Stars Montessori PCS
The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) announces an opportunity for the public to submit comments on the DC public charter schools listed below, which are up for a charter review on November 16, 2020. Pending DC PCSB staff’s analysis, the Board may elect to do one of the following for each school: 1) continue the school’s charter without conditions, 2) conditionally continue the school’s charter by imposing annual or interim targets or requirements it must meet, or 3) commence charter revocation proceedings.
1. Goodwill Excel Center Public Charter School (PCS) is up for its five-year charter review. The school currently operates a single campus in Ward 2 where it serves adult students. Its mission is to “transform adult lives through the power of achieving a high school diploma and accessing post-secondary education and careers in growing, sustainable local industries.”
2. Richard Wright PCS is up for its 10-year charter review. The school currently operates a single campus in Ward 6 where it serves students in grade 8–12. Its mission is to “transform students in grades 8–12 into well-versed mediacontributors by providing a student-centered environment that connects them to the classics and modern languages and curriculum focused on strong writing skills and vocabulary.”
3. Rocketship Education DC PCS is up for its five-yearcharter review. The schoolcurrently operates three campuses in Wards 5,7,and 8. It serves students in grades PK3–5. Its mission is to “eliminate the achievement gap by graduating our students at or above grade level in Language Arts and Math.”
4. Shining Stars Montessori PCS is up for its 10-year charter review. The school currently operates a single campus in Ward 5 where it serves students in grades PK3–6. Its mission is to “offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.”
Pursuant to the School Reform Act, D.C. Code 38-1802 et seq., DC PCSB is required to review each DC charter school’s performance at least once every five years.