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About DC Scholars PCS

DC Scholars Public Charter School prepares students to attend and succeed academically in high school and college while also equipping them with a foundation of life skills required to become productive members of their communities. Opened in 2012 as a PK-3 new-start public charter school in DC’s Ward 7, DC Scholars now serves grades PK3-8 while sustaining strong academic achievement. Our school delivers rigorous instruction, serves as a community of joy where our students thrive, and embeds the expectation that scholars can – and will – achieve academic success.
As a community school, we believe that our focus should not only be on academics, but that we must also support scholars’ emotional, social, and physical growth to improve overall student learning. We partner with families, social services, youth development organizations, and community activists to improve our scholars’ educational experiences and learning environments. We adjust our curriculum to exhibit cultural competence, emphasize real-world learning, and encourage problem-solving.

Community School

Offering students and families supports that extend beyond the classroom, including social services, parent engagement and mental and physical health care. Partnerships include:
  • Joyful Market
  • Love and Carrots
  • East River Collaborative
  • Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
  • Bainum Family
  • Foundation
  • LifePieces to Masterpieces 


Serving the Ward 7 community, DC Scholars prides itself on putting students on the PATH to college while providing students with a foundation of life skills.
  • Founded 2012
  • Enrollment: 606
    • Elementary Division: 408
    • Middle Division: 197
  • Serves PK3-8th


Students receive rigorous and comprehensive instruction. DC Scholars focuses on individualizing each student’s learning experience.
  • Rigorous Instruction: All scholars experience meaningful and joyful learning opportunities that equip them with the knowledge base and critical thinking skills to become lifelong learners and compassionate, responsible members of our broader world.
  • Small Groups: DC Scholars accelerates the learning of every child. In addition to its high quality curriculum, DC Scholars offers daily small learning groups to provide each child with the academic support and caring encouragement they need to thrive.
  • Socio-emotional Learning: Every day, students begin the day with an interactive social skills lesson led by their homeroom teacher.


DC Scholars offers a variety of extracurricular activities and youth leadership opportunities. Students can participate in cheerleading, basketball, track, yearbook, coding, drumming, coding, student government, and National Junior Honor’s Society.