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Meet Charles Hudson, Sr., DCSRN Parent

The quality rating of the school CJ would have attended without DCSRN’s intervention.


The quality rating of the school CJ will now attend because of DCSRN’s intervention.

Charles Hudson, Sr. is a military veteran and single father who lives in Ward 8 with his son CJ, a rising sixth grader who wants to be a pediatrician when he grows up. He knows how important the middle school years are for any child and wanted to find a school with a rigorous, structured academic environment that would nurture CJ’s interest in science.

Before Charles received DCSRN’s free services, he knew little about the DC school choice application process and only knew of one school he was possibly interested in applying to for CJ. After working with one of DCSRN’s parent advocates and applying to 13 quality schools, Charles was ecstatic to learn that CJ was matched to a quality public charter boarding school located close to where Charles and CJ currently live.

"I could not have done all this without DCSRN." 
– Charles Hudson, Sr.

After watching DCSRN’s virtual school tour of the school and visiting the school in-person, Charles was impressed with the academics of the school. A boarding program would also enable Charles to work longer days which would allow him to afford to move sooner. This is important to him as he has safety concerns about the neighborhood in which he and CJ currently live. He quickly became comfortable with the boarding aspect upon learning that the Head of School and many faculty and staff live on campus with the students.

After informing his parent advocate that he lacked transportation to SEED to submit CJ’s enrollment paperwork, DCSRN provided him a free shuttle ride to-and-from the school. Like any parent, Charles simply wants the best for his child. He is relieved to know that his son is now positioned to receive a quality education in a safe environment. CJ’s dream of becoming a pediatrician is also more possible.

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