D.C. approves new charter schools: Most seats for middle grades

Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

According to Alejandra Matos of the Washington Post, the D.C. Public Charter School Board approved three new charter schools this week, including an all-boys middle school and an adult education campus.

The new schools will add hundreds of charter-school seats to the city, the majority of them for middle school students.

The charter sector enrolls about 46 percent of D.C.’s public education students, but enrollment in charters surpasses traditional public schools in most middle school grades.

The board on Monday approved the opening of Digital Pioneers Academy, a computer-science focused middle school that will be located in Ward 7 or 8. The school is slated to open in the 2018-19 school year.

“We’re excited to bring a new, innovative model to the District and play a part in making Wards 7 and 8 a model of quality education,” said Mashea Ashton, the school’s founder. Read more here.