Nonprofit wants 25 new or revamped D.C. city or charter schools in five years

Photo Credit: (Allison Shelley/For The Washington Post

Photo Credit: (Allison Shelley/For The Washington Post

According to Alejandra Matos of the Washington Post, a local non-profit group is aiming to revamp low-performing public schools and open 25 others, over the next five years.

Currently, there are 233 public schools in D.C. with over 90,000 students, including city and and charter schools. Mieka Wick, chief executive of CityBridge Education, argues that there are not enough schools with “high-quality” seats where students are meeting or exceeding academic standards.

CityBridge plans to add more high-quality schools by giving educators up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations per school to open a new charter school or redesign an existing city or charter school.

The first wave of projects will include a computer-science charter school in Ward 7 and a charter school with Smithsonian museums as a central focus of the curriculum. The organization is also giving D.C. Public Schools money to revamp its alternative schools and redesign two elementary schools.

“We realized this is the work that the city needs,” Wick said.

CityBridge Education is a spinoff of the philanthropic group CityBridge Foundation, run by Katherine and David Bradley.

The foundation has given millions of dollars to education-overhaul efforts in the city, mainly to charter schools and groups including Teach for America. For the past three years, it has awarded grants to schools that are similar to those highlighted in the new announcement. Read more here.