Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a calendar for the school year available?

How long is the school day?

The school day begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM on M, Tu, Th and Fri; and from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Wed at all six of our campuses.

Does my child have to wear a uniform?

Yes. Uniforms are required for all students.  Risse Brothers is our preferred uniform provider.  To order uniform items from Risse Brothers, click here.

Is there before/after care or extended learning programming?

Yes. There is a Morning Academy and Extended Learning program available. Morning Academy starts at 7 AM and students will no longer be accepted after 7:30AM. Morning Academy consists of culture building activities, homework help, online interventions and morning energizers to ensure that your child begins their school day excited and prepared to learn.

Extended learning is offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Wednesdays from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Our Extended Learning Program complements what the students learn during the day by providing our students with additional academic support in a safe environment.

Registration for each program is due on the 16th of the month PRIOR to the child’s enrollment in the program.  PCS accepts all major credit cards and bank account payments via Tuition Express. No cash, checks, money orders or cashier checks are accepted under any circumstances.

For more information on our Extended Learning programs, please click here.

Is there a breakfast and lunch program? How do I sign up for the Meal Service program?

Breakfast and lunch are served according to your child’s schedule on campus. Breakfast and lunch are available at no cost to all students.

To see the breakfast and lunch menus, please see each individual campus page.

What paperwork should I bring?

All parents should make sure that they have turned in ALL of their registration paperwork prior to the first day of school.

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Where are the campuses?

Please visit each campus page for address and other information.

All parents and guardians of students are considered important members of the Center City PCS community. We also welcome parent volunteers. Please contact your campus to find out about opportunities, such as helping in classrooms and chaperoning field trips.

Important policies for students and parents are contained in the Student and Parent Handbook. Each parent and student must sign the contract at the end of this handbook prior to the start of the school year.


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.


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.


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.

Looking forward to catching an #NCSC18 session with @ConorPWilliams at @NewAmericaEd on Helping #EnglishLearners Succeed with @DCBilingual @PathAcademy @CenterCityPCS. For more resources on ELs, head to the NCSRC: https://t.co/puNe98031d

“What do we do with these kids? We teach them!”—Alicia Passante from @CenterCityPCS on the high expectations we should have for all kids, including ELLs.

In the audience to support Alicia Passante from @CenterCityPCS. We’re doing great work to support ELLs in our 6 schools. A model for DC and the country. #proudboardmember #NCSC18

Mike Jacobs, Director of Student Services, did a fantastic job speaking on a panel at the @charteralliance Conference about alternative approaches to school discipline and how he implements them at Center City Petworth! #NCSC18 #CenterCityPCS #DCCharterProud #Character

As we say goodbye to our 2018 8th-grade class, we are excited to share what they will miss about their time at Center City PCS. Check out this link to see what our students have to say: https://t.co/LRCMxb1NNW
#CenterCityPCS #DCCharterPROUD

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