Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School

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Q. What is a charter school?
A. Public Charter Schools are independently-operated by non-profit organizations, publicly-funded and open to all D.C. residents, free of charge, with no neighborhood boundaries or requirements for previous academic achievement. [NOTE: Families must prove DC residency in order to attend a charter school in the District of Columbia without having to pay tuition.]
In exchange for autonomy, charter schools are held accountable for student achievement, fiscal responsibility, and compliance with all applicable local and federal laws.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board ( authorizes and monitors Perry Street Prep and other Washington, D.C. public charter schools, holding them accountable for high quality programs and student achievement.

Q. How much does it cost to attend?

A. D.C. students are not charged any tuition to attend Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School because we are a public charter school. Families residing outside the District of Columbia must pay tuition for their child to attend.

Q. What is the admissions process?

A. We recommend that you attend an Open House at Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School. These sessions are posted on the school calendar under the "Calendar" tab at the top right corner of our website.  We are also happy to set up individual meetings and tours for new families, see contact information below.

For the 2016-2017 School Year, Perry Street Prep will be participating in the MySchoolDC Lottery. To learn more about this initiative, please visit  Once student has been accepted through the lottery, they would receive instructions on how to fully enroll at Perry Street Prep and the required documentation needed, including Proof of DC Residency: Proof of DC residency must be provided in person at our school. We cannot accept those documents online or via fax or email.
For More Info: You may click on the "Admissions" tab for additional details on how to enroll. To speak to our admissions office please contact Ms. Bell at or 202-551.0823.

Q. What makes Perry Street Prep so special?

A. Unlike other schools, we offer more than a rigorous academic program. We also emphasize character, offer a safe and secure learning environment and believe in building strong partnerships. Because we serve PreK (age 3) through Grade 8th, siblings, relatives and friends can all attend the same school.
At Perry Street Prep, we promise your student will:
Join a community of diverse learners
Be taught by highly qualified teachers
Learn the importance of character and adhere to key values, like Respect, Responsibility and Perseverance
Develop a support system for life and life-long friendships

Q. Why should I choose Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School?

A. He or she will receive a quality education in a warm, supportive and safe environment. Equally important, your child will develop a strong character and you, as parents, will partner with the school to ensure your child proceeds on the path to higher education. We believe in building relationships with our parents and working together to ensure that every student receives a top-notch education, backed by strong character and family support.

Q. Do you offer before-school and after-school programs for students?

A. We do offer a before-school care program beginning at 6:30am and ending programming at 6pm.  Our after care program is fun by Champions,
Additionally, we offer sports programs seasonally for our students including basketball, cheerleading, flag football, and more!

Q. Is there transportation for students?

A.  Perry Street Prep is served by public transportation. For instance, the E2, E3 and E4 buses, as well as the G8 bus, make stops around 1800 Perry St. NE.
Parents can visit the Metro Web site ( or call Metro (202.637.7000202.637.7000 or 202.962.1234202.962.1234) to determine the best route for their children to get to Perry Street Prep.
District of Columbia students may obtain DC ONE cards good for discounted fares on Metrorail and Metrobus, subject to eligibility requirements.

Q. Do you offer summer school?

A. We have offered Summer School in prior years and plan to do so again this summer. The hours and dates have yet to be determined.

Q. Is special tutoring available to help students achieve grade-level work?

A. Yes. Depending on the grade level, Perry Street Prep offers after-school tutoring and Homework Help to support the academic success of our students. These programs provide additional instructional support to students in the areas of math and reading.