Board approves first charter school

Board approves first charter school

The Board of Education voted on April 26 to approve the first charter school in Charles County.

The Phoenix International School of the Arts (PISOTA) will open in the 2022-2023 school year as a middle school serving Grades 6-7 and expand the following year to include Grades 6-8. Located in Waldorf, the school will count as the school system’s ninth middle school.

PISOTA will have an arts-focused program of study using the Cambridge International Education curriculum that meets Maryland State Department of Education and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) course and assessment requirements.

CCPS Superintendent Kimberly Hill recommended that the Board grant the charter to PISOTA. The school will allow any middle school student enrolled in Charles County Public Schools to apply to attend. The application process is not yet final.

Once it begins operations, PISOTA would be another public school within CCPS. The school is subject to all expectations set out in the charter but overseen by a board of directors and an executive director. The executive director, Angelica Jackson, presented the vision for the school at the Board’s April 26 work session.

The co-founders of PISOTA submitted their public charter school application to the Charles County Board of Education in December. The Board and the school’s administration will now formalize the approval in a charter agreement. The charter will set out the legal requirements, expectations, conditions and deadlines for the school’s operation.

For more information, visit the PISOTA website: 

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.  CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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