Charters: Inspired Teaching
Application Open! The Inspired Teaching Charter School application is now open. Applications are due March 15, 2013.
You may notice that many of the charter schools have a due date of March 15. Recently, at the Charter School Forum hosted by Tommy Wells, Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson mentioned there was an effort this year by many of the schools to consolidate the due date to March 15. It is estimated that 86 schools have a March 15 close date.
To apply for the 2013-2014 school year, please visit the Inspired Teaching application page for more information. The Inspired Teaching School is accepting applications for preschool through 5th grade. Dates on the open houses are also now available if you are interested in attending. The lottery will be held on March 22nd and more information on the lottery can be found on their lottery information page. This includes any preference given and waitlist policies.
The school uses an inquiry based teaching model, so that students develop their intellect, inquiry, imagination, and integrity in classrooms that support their natural curiosity and innate desire to learn. Master teachers make sure every child is supported and challenged as they grow. We posted before that the school has a semi-permanent location at the U Street/ Columbia Heights area, and are located at 1328 Florida Avenue. The school is metro and bus accessible and wonderfully convenient for those of located downtown.
One of the things that has been concerning for me as an incoming possible charter school parent is some of the lack of programing available that some of the traditional public schools have made available. I was happy to see the IT has mentioned their strong partnerships with community organizations such as the Phillips Collection to support arts integration and programing. The school also mentioned they are working with the Folger Shakespeare Library and will be putting on a performance there this spring.
The school also has access the new YMCA on 14th street and has a physical education program called Physical, Healthy, and Driven (PHD) where students have a PE class twice weekly.
The school will be having a Winterfest on December 8th and has invited families to come visit for an open house/information session. You can also check out their book sale and holiday greenery sale.
For more information about the school, see our prior post on Inspired Teaching.
Generally, it is best to apply to any charter school that you might even possibly consider. There are no limits to how many charter schools to which you may apply, and even if you apply to a lot of schools, your child may not get into many. On the other hand, don’t apply to schools in which you know you will not be interested and turn down all spots as soon as you know that you will not be sending your child. Don’t enroll your child in more than one school. But, there is no harm in applying broadly and early. You can do the research after the application – but, remember to be prepared by the time the lottery season approaches. For more charter school tips, please visit our tips section or introduction to charter schools.