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.
How many students attend DCI?
For the 2020-2021 School Year, which includes grade levels 6-12, there will be approximately 1400 students.
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 6-9.
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.
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 Programme and Career Programme 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 3:25pm (for MS) or 3:35pm (for HS) Monday-Thursday, and ends at 1:00pm on Fridays. Check out the MS Bell Schedule here and the HS Bell Schedule here. High school uses A/B block scheduling.
Lunch is a 40 minute break during which there are clubs, sports, and social spaces for students to enjoy. On Fridays, students can get a grab-and-go lunch at the end of the school day or eat lunch at home.
Information on schedule changes as a result of COVID-19 is forthcoming.
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. However, there are a number of buses. Please read our Location Page 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 3:25pm for middle school and 3:35pm for high school. After school activities will be available until 5:30pm.
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.