Scholars Academies, a Philadelphia-based national charter management organization obtained a charter in fall 2012 for their first charter school in the District of Columbia creating DC Scholars Public Charter School (DC Scholars).
The DC school was established initially to serve Pre-K through third grade, but was hunting for a facility to offer more grade levels.
The Charter School Incubator Innovative – a partnership between the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and Building Hope – were awarded a former Elementary School building located in South East DC, which co-resides with the National Capital Area Food Bank and University of the District of Columbia.
Construction began in April 2015 and Building Hope provided a $1 million loan and a $500,000 credit enhancement from America’s Charter to finance the “summer-blitz” project built by MCN Build and architect Hord Coplan Macht. Program management of the project was provided by Building Hope and Brailsford & Dunlavey.
Since inception, the school has “grown up” a new grade and finished out the 2015-2016 school year serving 753 students in Pre-K through sixth grade.