Monday evening the D.C. Public Charter School Board conditionally approved 4 out of 13 (30.8%) of their applications for new charter schools to open in the fall of 2011. These new schools will be part of the proof of whether PCSB Chairman Brian Jones is so far keeping to his word of approaching growth “carefully, methodically, and thoughtfully.”
The newly proposed schools are:
Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, pre-school through 8th grade, which will provide an inquiry-based curriculum using master teachers and teacher residents.
Munde Verde Bilingual School, 1st through 8th grade, which will offer a curriculum based upon biliteracy (this really is a word) and sustainability (should this be a word, especially in reference to education?).
Shining Stars Montessori Academy, pre-school through 6th grade, which will offer Montessori-based instruction.
Richard Wright School for Journalism and Media Arts, 8th through 12th grade, which will prepare students for a profession in the media utilizing a curriculum infused with the classics and modern languages. I thought I might want to be a guest speaker at the school until I discovered that Richard Wright was a Communist.
The PCSB provides a nice summary of the new schools on their web site. Still, I would have liked to see where these institutions plan to locate and their progress in obtaining a facility.
Update: Here’s the Washington Post’s Bill Turque’s take on the new schools which includes information about possible locations and the interesting fact that the 2 applications from existing private schools were not approved.