The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School’s mission is to use the philosophy of Transformation Education to prepare special needs and general education students for college, career readiness, and citizenship in their community by developing in them critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, self-discipline and a commitment to serve a cause larger than themselves.
The Children’s Guild brings its best educational and behavioral practices from all of its programs to create the special hybrid of The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School (TCGDC). Five best practices form the foundation of our proposed school over the bedrock of Transformation Education. These practices include the TEACCH structures developed at the University of North Carolina; Project-Based Learning strategies and tools; a multi-dimensional emphasis on Character Development; a commitment to Arts Integration as a support to high rigor and; a state-of-the-art Diagnostic and Evaluation center that uses highly-skilled professionals and practices to identify the programs and services each student needs to reach his or her optimal academic potential.
A New Kind of Charter
TCGDC looks like no other school in the District, charter or traditional public. It serves students with special needs while providing general education students and families with many attractive features and opportunities. It does not seek to compete with but to complement the existing charters in the District and partner with its fellow charters to help each and every student get the right services leading to the best possible educational result. Utilizing the special qualifications of The Children’s Guild, TCGDC introduces a “new kind of charter” and fills a growing need in the District’s charter school continuum. TCGDC is a school equipped to serve any and all students enrolled—at both ends of the educational spectrum and every level in between. TCGDC also helps other charters better serve all of their students and thereby contribute to the consistency and stability of charter school enrollments throughout the District.