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What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently operated public schools. There is no charge to parents because funding comes from state and local taxes. Charter schools must meet the same academic requirements as traditional public schools but are also directly accountable to parents.

What sets an Imagine School apart from other schools?

First, at Imagine Schools we believe that our mission is to support and help parents and guardians fulfill their responsibility for the education of their child. Therefore, we work hard to involve parents in their child’s education at school and at home. For us, parent satisfaction is a key indicator of our success.

Second, we pay attention to results. Each of our schools are committed to continuous improvement and success in six important measures of excellence: living under shared values of integrity, justice and fun; academic achievement; parent choice and satisfaction; positive character development; economic sustainability, and development of new schools.
(Click here to learn more about the Six Measures of Excellence)

Third, we work to create the most fun learning and working environment possible in our schools. We believe that every person is talented and wants to make a positive contribution to his or her school. We strive to help students become active, responsible learners. A joy-filled workplace requires that every adult is allowed to participate in decision-making, take action, and is held accountable for the results.

How much does it cost to send my child to Imagine-Hope Community Charter School?

If you are a resident of the District of Columbia our school is free! If you are an out-of-state resident, you must pay tuition, which is regulated each year by the DC Public Charter School Board. You may contact us at (202)722-4421 to find out about out-of-state tuition for the upcoming school year.

Are Imagine Schools’ teachers Highly Qualified?

Every Imagine Schools’ teacher meets or exceeds state and federal teaching requirements. All of our teachers hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and must demonstrate competence in the areas they teach. Most importantly, we recruit and hire teachers who are committed to upholding Imagine’s Shared Values and 6 Measures of Excellence for every student in the school. All of our teachers are screened thoroughly and interviewed by the school’s principal and staff.

Do Imagine-Hope Community Students wear uniforms?

Yes, students of Imagine Schools wear uniforms or follow a dress code. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. This year our uniforms for PreK – 6th grade will be collared polo shorts and blouses along with khaki or navy blue pants for boys or pants, skirts, or dresses for girls.

Do you have special education programs?

Yes. Our schools provide services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in general education classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.

What if I have a concern I’d like to raise with school staff?

Public charter schools create school communities, in which open dialogue between students, parents, faculty and staff is expected. The same is true here at Imagine-Hope Community. Parents should first discuss concerns with the student’s teacher, counselor or principal, as appropriate.

What is Core Knowledge? And why does Imagine-Hope Community use a Core-Knowledge Curriculum?

The “Core Knowledge” movement is an educational reform based on the premise that a grade-by-grade core of common learning is necessary to ensure a sound and fair elementary education. The movement was started by Professor E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy and The Schools We Need, and is based on a large body of research in cognitive psychology, as well as a careful examination of several of the world’s fairest and most effective school systems. Professor Hirsch has argued that, for the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness, and higher literacy, early schooling should provide a solid, specific, shared core curriculum in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge. After wide consultation, the content of this core curriculum has been outlined in two books — the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and the Core Knowledge Sequence, K–8 that states explicitly what students should learn at each grade level. Currently, hundreds of schools and thousands of dedicated educators are participating in this school reform movement throughout the United States.

At a Core Knowledge school, the Core Knowledge Sequence represents the common ground upon which a faculty meets and collaborates to teach a sequenced, coherent curriculum. In this cumulative curriculum, the knowledge and skills learned each year become the students’ foundation for learning in subsequent years. More information may be found at