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D.C. charter school waiting list shows strong demand for bilingual schools

Yesterday, the D.C. Public Charter School Board released a list of the 368 seats that are currently available at the Performance Management Framework Tier 1 schools. But it is the facilities with the waiting lists that are the real story. Leading the pack, as has been the case in the past, is Two Rivers PCS at 1,722 students, the elementary and middle school that I have written about on numerous occasions. Washington Latin PCS, where I serve on the board of directors, has a wait list of 785 pupils. The various KIPP PCS campuses are over subscribed by more than 2,300 students, although there are some that have a few slots remaining open.

There is also strong demand for the bilingual schools that make up the charter school portfolio. Mundo Verde, whose executive director I recently interviewed, has a wait list of 1,031 students. Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS's wait list is 890 kids. DC Bilingual is at 671 and Washington Yu Ying is at 695 (I could not find a listing for the Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS.)

A couple of other school caught my attention. Basis PCS has 137 students on their wait list, although I would have imagined a school with this national reputation the number might have been greater. Finally, William E. Doar, Jr. PCS has an extra 100 students wanting to get in, a Tier 2 school which has had many open slots in the recent past.