About

Mission, Vision and Overview

Center City Public Charter Schools (Center City PCS) empower our students for lifelong success by building strong character, promoting academic excellence, and generating public service throughout Washington D.C. Please read Our Commitment to All Students.

Vision

Driven by character, excellence, and service, Center City PCS seeks to:

  • Foster a community of lifelong learners;
  • Graduate students ready to go to and through college; and
  • Prepare our alumni to serve and lead others in the 21st century.

Overview

Center City PCS teaches a broad liberal arts and humanities curriculum to students in PreKindergarten-Eighth Grade. We believe, teach, and live Character, Excellence, and Service. We commit to the intellectual, physical, moral and emotional well-being of each scholar and believe every child can learn, lead and serve. Center City PCS’s academic model is built in a disciplined environment that encourages students to strive for excellence in education and their community.

For Scholars WE OFFER:

  • Opportunities to learn in new ways. Center City PCS’s curricula are hands-on and taught in small groups. There are no back rows.
  • Rigorous instruction so each student can realize his/her full potential.
  • Character education and opportunities to engage in community service.
  • Preparation for high school and beyond.
  • A wide variety of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities, including art, music, dance, STEM, physical education, foreign language, and health.
  • Opportunities to perform intellectually, artistically and physically with spelling bees, science fairs, art exhibits and athletic tournaments.

For Parents WE PROVIDE:

  • A safe, nurturing, small school where students don’t fall through the cracks.
  • A rigorous academic program that prepares students for competitive high schools.
  • Guided support with the high school placement process.
  • Regular information from your child’s teachers and principal.
  • Opportunities to serve and contribute to your child’s class, campus, and the entire Center City community.

For more information about Center City programs, see the Center City Annual Report .

Student

Applying to Center City PCS is easy! We do not have admission criteria and welcome all families who are interested in our programs. We invite students for grades PreKindergarten (4 years old) to 8th grade to apply at MySchoolDC.org.

Teacher

Center City's teachers are dedicated to developing the whole child through a rigorous, character-infused academic program. Find out if you are ready to become a Center City teacher.

Giving

Every child deserves a quality education and we strive to provide small, safe family environments that are conducive to learning. Your donation helps to ensure we are nurturing and developing the next generation of leaders.

Helpful list of all DC Public Charter Schools that are offering learning opportunities this summer https://t.co/xd2yQpTwdk #CharterSummers #DCcharterPROUD #KeepKidsLearning #NationalSummerLearningDay

At @CenterCityShaw, EK12 Bold Improvement school winner, Principal Tyson strategically loops teachers w/ students when student growth & family engagement data is amazing. Love the data-driven decision-making! Find more interesting #BoldImprovement ideas: https://t.co/HBKtJt9xho

Thank you to @empowerk12 for the opportunity! #CenterCityPCS #Excellence #BoldImprovement

Highlights from #DCDataSummit session titled "Boldly Using Data to Improve Student Success" - @CenterCityPCS Shaw held student-led conferences w parents and teachers. Students owned their own data, which empowered them to take their learning to the next level.

Congratulations to Brandy Tyson, our bold performance principal!

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