Frequently Asked Questions
What is DCI?
DC International is a cooperative, collaborative venture between 5 language immersion public charter schools. These schools, which only serve up to the 5th grade, have amended their charters to include a secondary program that will serve grades 6 through 12 at a new educational campus.
Which public charter schools are involved?
Washington Yu Ying, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom, Mundo Verde, Latin American Montessori Bilingual, and DC Bilingual.
It will be located at the corner of 16th Street NW and Aspen Street NW in Delano Hall. This building boasts 100,000 square feet of space and is on the former Walter Reed Campus.
Currently, DCI is located at 3220 16th Street NW. This is an incubator location designed to house the school until Delano Hall is ready.
How many students will attend DCI?
When the school reached capacity enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year, there will be approximately 1000 – 1400 students in grades 6-12.
For the 2015-2016 School Year, which includes grade levels 6-8, there are approximately 400 students.
How will enrollment for the DCI work?
Students who are attending any of the member charter schools at the time of transition to secondary school will automatically be eligible for enrollment in the secondary program at DCI. If there are any additional spots once all eligible feeder students have claimed enrollment status, these may be opened up for city-wide lottery per PCSB regulations. It is not anticipated that there will be many open lottery spots. Sibling preference will also be offered within DCI and with some member schools. No new students will be admitted after 9th grade.
When will DCI at Walter Reed be ready?
The Walter Reed campus should be open in the 2017-2018 school year with grades 6, 7, 8, 9 and 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 plans to offer the IB Diploma Programme for grades 11-12. Students will leave school 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 will offer 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).
Do students have to continue in the same language per their elementary experience?
Yes. The purpose of the feeder pattern is for students to continue their language immersion journey towards adult bilingualism and biliteracy. Students are encouraged to add additional languages through beginning language classes. 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 will the school day look like?
Students will experience a typical middle/high school day: switching classes and classrooms, multiple teachers, after-school sports, clubs and extracurricular activities, and schedules organized by classes, electives, and languages.
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 this year’s class schedule here.
Will the High School have athletic sports programs or teams?
Yes. Both intramurals and through the charter school league.
Is there going to be transportation available from and to Member Elementary schools?
No. None of the Member schools will offer transportation to the DCI. Parents, however, may choose to arrange carpools or buses.
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 beginning in mid-September. We also have the DCI Parent Portal where we post updates and information.
Will there be a staggered start time for DCI and the elementary feeder schools?
Students may arrive at DCI from 8 am on. Students are expected to be ready for classes, which start at 8:15am. Classes are over at 4:15pm and after school activities will be available until 6pm.
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