Why DC Prep

DC Prep’s network of public charter schools serves over 2,100 students in preschool through 8th grade across six campuses in Edgewood (Ward 5), Benning (Ward 7), and Anacostia (Ward 8). All DC Prep schools are tuition-free and open to any student in Washington, DC.

DC Prep is the #1-performing network of public charter schools citywide for eight years running! We set high expectations in a warm and nurturing environment, resulting in a community of learners, teachers, and families. 

• Student learning is at the heart of all we do. We have a highly structured and highly supportive learning environment, including a longer school day and focused academic and social-emotional planning and intervention.

• We believe in the power and joy of learning and that all students can excel, no matter what. 

• We emphasize healthy social-emotional development and foster a positive learning environment where students are supported to develop strong study habits and a voice - demonstrating the personal qualities of successful students and good citizens.

• We build a strong and supportive school culture.

• We foster shared expectations and aspirations between home and school. Frequent informal and formal communication with families, including regular phone contact, quarterly conferences, etc., build trust and parent/teacher teamwork to achieve the best outcome for every student.

DC Prep Need-to-Know Facts 
(Note: We are actively working to plan for the remainder of SY20-21 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and city health guidelines. We will continue to update our website as information becomes available.) 
School hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8AM - 4PM
Wednesdays: 8AM - 2PM 
• All students should report to school on time every day. 
• During in-person learning, mandatory uniforms are provided via Risse Brothers.


To learn more about DC Prep, join us December 12, 2020 at EdFest-Virtual from 11AM - 2PM. Visit My School DC to learn how to register!

Interested in a Typical Day at DC Prep?

DC Prep will be shifting its model for SY20-21 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with guidance from city and health officials. However, our twin focus on providing high-quality academics and social-emotional development will remain the same across our six campuses. 

Virtual School Tours 

DC Prep's Benning Elementary Campus (BEC), a Tier 1 school, partnered with DC School Reform Now in its Virtual School Tours initiative designed to give families just like yours the ability to compare high-performing schools virtually. The BEC video series consists of footage showcasing a typical day in the elementary campus community. You can get a glimpse into a typical 3rd grade Math lesson in the video below, click here for the full series! 

DC Prep's flagship campus, Edgewood Middle Campus (EMC), also recently partnered with DC School Reform Now to demonstrate a typical day at our middle campuses. EMC has consistently received a Tier 1 ranking from the DC Public Charter School Board, and was named an OSSE ALL-STAR School. The teaser trailer is below, click here to see the full series! 


What Parents are Saying

“I love how everyone knows everyone by name. I love how the parents that do come together always show up and always show out. And, more importantly, I love how faculty are so dedicated to provide the greatest learning experience possible for our children. We aren't just mothers, fathers, grandpas, grandmas, aunts, uncles, teachers, students, nurses, and friends – we are a family.”
Brittani White, Parent