Currently, 45 percent of public school students attend charter schools with the remaining 55 percent in traditional neighborhood schools. Of those in traditional neighborhood schools, almost half attend out-of-boundary schools.
Families frequently want and need support determining which schools are of quality and are a good fit for their child. Moreover, the process for applying to a different public school in DC can be complicated and confusing, and some families struggle with completing the application processes. This puts the children of those families at a disadvantage in accessing a quality school.
DCSRN developed the High Quality Schools Campaign (HQSC) as a direct response to fill this gap of needed support in DC, particularly for families in underserved communities. The HQSC supports families applying to, enrolling and persisting (maintaining enrollment) in quality schools.
The HQSC informs parents about the characteristics of high quality schools and helps parents identify and pursue quality education options for their children. The type of support provided varies for each family. DCSRN’s services include support from a parent advocate, parent-focused materials, in-person and virtual school tours, out-of-boundary and public charter application support, school enrollment support and persistence support (maintaining enrollment).
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