School Design and Development
Offering Resources for School Leaders
from Conception to Replication
FOCUS offers an array of services to schools in the four phases of charter development: Startup: Pre-Approval, Startup: Post-Approval, Achieving Mastery, and Replication/Expansion. Through this work, we are growing a vibrant charter sector in DC comprising a wide variety of public charter school options, from Chinese language immersion to single-gender college-prep schools and everything in between. To find a DC public charter school visit our school quality dashboard. (DCPS schools are also included.)
Startup: Pre-Approval FOCUS offers a menu of services to help groups through the charter application process. We have experience working with local residents interested in starting a school, as well as leaders of established charter schools, charter management organizations, and charter networks wanting to expand in DC.
Startup: Post-Approval FOCUS helps groups that have received charter approval navigate the difficult and often lonely and overwhelming startup year so that they have a successful on-time opening.
Services for Existing Schools FOCUS offers a wide range of trainings and performance management consulting to established DC charter schools, partnering with local and national charter support organizations and connecting charter school leaders with support services.
Replication/expansion FOCUS offers services to school leaders or CMOs interested in replicating a successful model. We provide a comprehensive feasibility study with an environmental scan to assess the educational landscape in DC through the lens of the specific school interested in replication/expansion.