Why DC Prep

DC Prep’s network of public charter schools serves over 2,000 students in preschool through 8th grade on five 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 intervention.

• We believe in the power and joy of learning and that all students can excel.

• We emphasize healthy social 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
School hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8AM - 4PM
Wednesdays: 8AM - 2PM 
• All students should report to school on time and in full uniform every day. 
• Optional aftercare program availabe for PK3-6th grade students from dismissal-6PM on school days. 
• Mandatory uniforms provided via Risse Brothers

Families Weigh In: Why DC Prep?

"Our family chose DC Prep because of its balanced focus on academic rigor and character development. Having DC Prep as an option ensures that my children learn personal responsibility and are exposed to the highest academic performance standards. The results speak for themselves. Families should not need to leave the city or pay for private school in order to give their children a high-quality education."

-Tearsa Coates, Edgewood Parent and Board Member | Read more of her reflections here.

Interested in a Typical Day at DC Prep?

DC Prep's Benning Elementary Campus (BEC), a 2016 DC PCSB 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 campus community. Get to glimpse into a typical 3rd grade Math lesson in the video below - and stay tuned for other featured videos!


What Parents are Saying

“The teachers are top-notch and the learning environment is positive and accepting. We are excited about the potential ahead – my son will be attending Kindergarten next year at DC Prep's newly-renovated Anacostia campus. I can't emphasize enough how great DC Prep is!”
Desiree Hoffman, Parent