These frequently asked questions (FAQ) should address most of your questions and concerns about The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School. If you have a question that is not listed in this FAQ, please contact us at 202-774-5442 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What is The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter is a public charter school serving the families of the District of Columbia with children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Utilizing the proven principles of Transformation Education (TranZed), the school establishes a culture that produces students who think critically, problem solve creatively, and are self-disciplined. Students also know how to learn and understand that the goal of life is to serve a cause larger than one’s self. The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter emphasizes high expectations for academic achievement, character development, an integration of the arts, and a focus on teaching contextual thinking and creative problem solving.
What is a public charter school?
Public charter schools are independent, tuition-free, publicly funded schools that are open to all students regardless of testing or screening. Public Charter schools follow the same laws and regulations as all public schools. However, they provide families with more educational choices so that parents can choose to send their child to a school that has an instructional approach that best fits with the way their child learns.
What is Transformation Education (TranZed)?
Transformation Education (TranZed) is an organizational philosophy that guides the creation of a school culture designed to transmit the values and life skills necessary for a successful life. The basic premise of this philosophy is that life is a journey of personal growth and enlightenment that comes from the continuous struggle and search for meaningful responses to life’s challenges. TranZed embraces the journey experience of the student and incorporates it into the school’s culture by aligning the school’s beliefs and values with the look of the school building, the school’s instructional approach, the mindset and behavior of the teaching staff, and the school’s operating systems.
What are the hours of the school day at The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Early dismissal for all students).
Are there before and after school programs available?
Yes. Before and after school programs are available at the school site and will provide enrichment experiences for the children. The before school program will be open from 6:30 – 8:30am, and the after school program will be open from 3:30-6:00 p.m. (1:00 to 6:00 on Wednesdays)
What after-school activities does The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter provide?
Basketball, cheerleading, cooking, math club, girly girl club, and yearbook photography are offered at TCGDC. The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter believes in providing after-school experiences that enhance the instructional program. Once school starts, the school leadership team will work with the school community, parents, students, and staff to create a dynamic and interactive range of clubs and activities based on the interest, age and developmental needs of its student body.
Do the students wear uniforms?
Yes. Research indicates that schools using uniforms have a stronger school culture and students perform better. We encourage our students to dress for success. Boys in K-5 will wear navy blue polo shirts and khaki pants, and girls will wear short-or long-sleeved navy blue blouses/polo shirts with khaki pants or skirts. The colors shift a little for boys and girls in 6th grade to wear white tops and navy bottoms; and girls and boys in 7th grade will wear white or orange tops and navy bottoms. We will provide more information about school uniforms at our registration conferences and order information will be posted.
What is the cost to attend The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
There is no tuition cost as this is a public charter school.
How do I enroll my child into The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
Parents must fill out an application on Myschooldc.org. If the number of applications exceeds the school’s capacity, a lottery will be held. Once a student is enrolled in The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter, he/she does not need to apply again for subsequent years at the school.
What is a typical day like at The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
Students begin the day with a morning meeting; engage in workshop-like classes for core subjects; and participate in enrichment classes such as art, physical education and music. Students will participate in learning expeditions throughout the school year that bring together what they learn in school and how it applies to everyday life throughout the school year.
Does my child have to be gifted and talented to attend The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
No, children with varying levels of academic achievement are accepted into The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter.
If my child has special needs, is The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter for him or her?
The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter will implement all services as determined by a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter’s school environment offers a full continuum of IEP services through reading and math specialists, special education teachers, and an IEP coordinator who assures compliance with the goals set in each student’s IEP.
Does The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter have art and music programs?
Art and music are key components to our curriculum.
What type of technology will my child be exposed to at The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter?
Students have access to both laptops and tablets. Students will be taught technology skills including word processing, media presentations, and digital photography. They also will have access to software packages that accelerate learning.
What are the venues for parent-teacher communications?
Melody Giles, is available at email@example.com or 202-489-7005 A parent representative of each grade is invited to participate in a parent advisory group, and a parent-teacher-student association (PTSA) will enhance parent-teacher communication. The school administration and faculty will maintain communication through a number of different venues including newsletters, e-mail, social networks, personal phone calls and individual conferences.
How many students will be in a class?
Depending on the grade, there is usually 20 to 25 students per classroom to help maintain low teacher-to-student ratios. Kindergarten will have a max of 20 students per class; first-grade will have a max of 21 students per class; second-grade will have a max of 22 students per class; third-grade will have a max of 23 students per class; fourth-grade will have a max of 24 students per class, and fifth grade through eighth grade will have a max of 25 students per class.
How is The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter different than my community public school?
While The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter is a public school, it offers an innovative approach to learning by placing a strong emphasis on the integration of the arts and technology throughout the curriculum as well as engaging students in hands-on application of academics and social skills to everyday problems encountered in family life, groups, organizations, communities, the United States, and throughout the world.
What transportation does The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter offer?
School bus transportation at central cluster site locations will be available to students living more than one mile from the school. Students within a one-mile radius will provide their own transportation. If a transportation hardship exists, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter will work with families to find a solution to the problem. Please note, transportation to and from the before- and after-school program is not provided by The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter and is the responsibility of the parent to provide.
Does The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter serve breakfast and lunch?
The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter serves breakfast and lunch daily. Students also may bring their lunch from home.