With all the school options our city offers, how should parents determine what will work best for their children? In addition to private schools, the District of Columbia offers two types of free public schools to its citizens. District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the default option for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each street address has assigned to it an elementary, middle, and high school in which students can enroll at any time of the school year.
The other public school option is Public Charter Schools (PCS). The charter school system, run by the Public Charter School Board (PCSB), celebrated its 20th anniversary of providing education to city students in 2016. In the system’s inaugural year, 160 students attended charter schools. During the 2016-17 school year, over 41,000 students were enrolled in a public charter school, representing over 40% of the total number of students in public schools in the city.
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