Notice of Petition for Charter Continuance: Charter Reviews–Multiple Schools KIPP DC PCS, Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS, The Next Step 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 February 22, 2021. 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. KIPP DC Public Charter School (PCS): KIPP DC PCS is up for its 20-year charter review. The school currently operates 18 campuses across seven facilities in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8 where it serves students in grades pre-kindergarten 3 (PK3)–12. Its mission is to provide “tuition-free, open enrollment schools, and actively recruit and serve students in the city's most educationally underserved communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts. Highly skilled teachers and leaders, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of high expectations and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college.”
2. Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS: Mundo Verde PCS is up for its 10-year charter review. The school currently operates two campuses across two facilities in Ward 5 where it serves students in grades PK3– 5. Its mission is to “foster high levels of academic achievement among a diverse group of students by preparing them to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities through an engaging curriculum focused on sustainability and biliteracy."
3. The Next Step PCS: The Next Step PCS is up for its 25-year charter review. The school currently operates a single campus across two facilities in Ward 1 where it serves adult-aged students. Its mission is to “provide students who face extraordinary challenges and who are not supported in traditional high schools with the opportunity to continue their education."