Families in Fort Totten and its adjacent DC neighborhoods represent a diverse cross-section of immigrants from Central America, South America, and Africa – older immigrants who have raised their children here and young parents just starting out in life. Now in its 10th year, DC Bilingual Public Charter School is guided by the belief that every child has a right to a high quality education, parents have an important role to play in their child's education, and effective schools value a child's language and culture. The school's academically demanding, dual-language program fosters critical thinking, problem solving, bilingualism, and an environment that values all cultures, allowing all DC Bilingual students to learn and grow as global leaders. Today DC Bilingual serves more than 350 students in grades PreK-5. Drawing on the 25-year history and expertise of its founding organization, CentroNía, the school benefits from CentroNia's s before- and after-school options and a wide range of social services for parents. This is an innovative, cooperative model that promises great things for our youngest children. So, "vamos a aprender." Let's go learn!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 5; Fort Totten; Washington DC; Ward 5

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income


  • Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):  
    From 2008 to 2014, DC Bilingual made a 59.6 percentage point jump in math proficiency based on the DC CAS.
  • Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):  
    DC Bilingual had the highest percentage of students classified as ELL scoring proficient on the DC CAS Reading in 2013
  • Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):  
    DC Bilingual has decreased the percent of students scoring at below basic on the Reading DCCAS for six consecutive years from 2008 to 2014
  • Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):  
    75% of DC Bilingual's fifth grade students scored proficient on the 2014 Science DCCAS and 0% of students scored below basic on this exam, after having received 100% of their science instruction in Spanish.

Awards & Recognition

DC Bilingual Public Charter School has made significant strides in the area of academic achievement :

In 2015 DCB had the 4th highest % of 3rd graders at 3+ in ELA (the PCSB’s “gateway” benchmark) of all charters in the city
Washington, DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education in 2015 (Garwin Zamora)
2015 FOCUS Achievement Award: Closing the Achievement Gap
2015 FOCUS Achievement Award: Special Achievement – ELL Students
“Top Performing DC Public Charter School” on PARCC; 65% of students scored a 3 or higher in English Language Arts and 64% of students scored a 3 or higher in Math. These were higher than the citywide average of 44% and 56%, respectively.
DC Bilingual had the highest percentage of students classified as ELL scoring proficient on the DC CAS Reading in 2013
2013: Fight for Children “Rising Star” Award: Improving low-income student achievement
80% of DC Bilingual’s fifth grade students scored proficient on the 2013 Science DC CAS after having received 100% of their science instruction in Spanish
USDA HealthierUS Gold School: 2011
Since 2008, DC Bilingual gained 43 points in math proficiency based on the DC CAS

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Budget (FY2013)

  • The current budget for DC Bilingual Public Charter School is: $3 million or higher
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