FAQs

Which elementary charter schools receive preference to attend?

Washington Yu Ying PCS, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom PCS, Mundo Verde PCS, Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS, and DC Bilingual PCS.

Where will the campus be located in 2017?

Beginning Fall 2017, DCI will be located at the corner of 16th Street NW and Aspen Street NW in Delano Hall. This building includes 170,000 square feet of space and is on the former Walter Reed Campus.  By spring of 2018 we will also open our STEAM / GYM space.

Currently, DCI is located at 3220 16th Street NW. This is an incubator location to house the school until the renovation of Delano Hall is complete.

How many students attend DCI?

For the 2017-2018 School Year, which includes grade levels 6-10, there will be approximately 775 students.

DCI is growing by one grade level per year until it reaches capacity enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year, when it will serve approximately 1500 students in grades 6-12.

How does enrollment at DCI work?

Students who are attending any of the member charter schools at the time of transition to secondary school are preferenced for enrollment in the secondary program at DCI. If there are any additional spaces once all eligible feeder school students have enrolled, these may be opened up to the common lottery through My School DC. It is not anticipated that there will be many available lottery spots. Sibling preference is also offered within DCI and with some member schools. Students are only accepted in grades 9-12.

Does DCI have sibling preference?

DCI has sibling preference within DCI, as well as with some member schools.  Sibling preference can only be approved for siblings in the same language track.

When will DCI at Walter Reed be ready?

The Walter Reed campus will open in the 2017-2018 school year with grades 6-10.

What education program/models are featured at DCI?

DCI is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School and offers the IB Middle Years Programme for grades 6-10. DCI offers the IB Diploma Program and Career Program for grades 11-12. Students will leave DCI having earned one or more of the following options: DCI Diploma, an IB Diploma, the International Baccalaureate Career Certification, course-specific IB certificates, and/or the IB Bilingual Diploma. DCI offers students the opportunity to continue their immersion experience by taking up to 50 percent of classes in their target immersion language (Chinese, French, or Spanish).

What are DCI’s plans for core classes, specifically math and science?

The DCI will implement the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme curriculum frameworks. An excellent source of information for all curriculum areas is the International Baccalaureate Organization’s website: www.ibo.org

Must students from the member schools continue in the same language from their elementary school?

Yes. The purpose of the member school feeder pattern is for students to continue their language immersion journey towards adult bilingualism and biliteracy. Students are encouraged to add additional languages through language specials. Students who come to DCI without a language study background will have to commit to a language track to pursue throughout their time at DCI.

What does the school day look like?

School starts at 8:20am every day, ends at 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and ends at 1:00pm on Fridays. DCI currently utilizes an A/B day schedule. Students have their language, Math, and English classes every day and Science, Individuals & Societies, and elective courses every other day. There are two breaks throughout the day: brunch and lunch. Brunch is a 15 minute break after 2nd period that allows students to socialize, eat a snack, and let out energy. Lunch is a 40 minute break during either 5th or 6th period during which there are clubs, sports, and social spaces for students to enjoy.

What does the daily class schedule look like?

DCI has A and B days in order to maximize students’ time in each class. On Fridays, the school day ends at 1pm. See SY 16-17 class schedule here.

Does DCI have athletic sports programs or teams?

Yes, DCI offers athletics opportunities through intramurals and the charter school league for both middle and high school.

Is there transportation available from and to Member Elementary schools?

No. None of the Member schools have transportation to DCI. There are a number of buses though, please read our Location Page (insert link) for more information.

I would like more information about DCI in general.

There have been, and will continue to be, Information Sessions offered to parents and students about DCI during the school year. We also have the DCI Parent Portal where we post updates and information.

What is the start time?

Students wishing to eat free school breakfast are allowed into the building beginning at 8am. All other students are allowed into the building at 8:15am.  Students are expected to be ready for classes, which start at 8:20am. Classes are over at 4:00pm and after school activities will be available until 6pm.

I am interested in employment. What positions are open?

Check out our employment page.

What else will be housed on the former Walter Reed campus?

Check out the Walter Reed Tomorrow website for details on the development of the campus.

Is a fence boundary part of DCI construction plans?

Yes, there is a fence currently around the back of the site.  However there will be no fence on the front and we plan to have breaks in that space.

What are DCI’s plans for core classes, specifically math and science?

The DCI will implement the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme curriculum frameworks. An excellent source of information for all curriculum areas is the International Baccalaureate Organization’s website: www.ibo.org

Please contact us with any additional questions.