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Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS

Charter | PK-1 | 260 students

Mundo Verde is DC's first sustainability-focused public charter school.
 
 

 

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2012:
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Posted February 5, 2014

I am thrilled that Mundo Verde respects the advice of my son's therapist. They utilize her techniques, as well as others, to keep him engage. His physical restlessness and quick temper has been an issue and hinderance in the past. The Inclusion team at MV have worked with him to help him identify better strategies to address his behaviors. I am more than pleased with the teaching staff. As a bilingual/immersion program, the administration and faculty have been creative and diligent to meet the needs of my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

This is our first year at MV and we love it. We couldn't be happier with our school choice. The teachers and the leadership care deeply about each student and we love how their core instructional model, expeditionary learning, integrates with bilingualism and their sustainability concepts. They really want to build a strong community and it shows through the number of events they organize and constant communication with parents. Our son is happy and thriving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2013

This is my daughters second year at MV and we could not be more happy with the school, teachers, administration, mission and community. My daughter loves the school, has become fluent in Spanish already. The teachers are supportive and the classrooms are friendly and accepting of all students. The mission and vision of the school is seamlessly integrated into the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

New, with new school challenges but doing a great job! My daughter is in her second year with MV. My only complaints are that with many new charter schools their location will change a few times, also rapid growth of the program changed the dynamic of the school. But these are issues that other charter programs experience so I don't really attribute them particularly to MV. Overall the teachers are extremely loving, knowledgeable, set limits for the children, and encourage kids to solve their own problems and create a very collaborative environment. My daughter who is currently in PK-4 has greatly improved on her social skills, she's friends with everyone in her class, she's speaking spanish very well, she's even reading some in spanish. There is also a good amount of parental involvement and activities to keep the school feeling like a community. I highly recommend the program if you're interested in a bilingual program and look forward to seeing my daughter grow and learn at MV.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

We have two kids at Mundo Verde and couldn't recommend it more highly. The staff takes great care to make sure the kids have what they need, and we've known more than a few to go above and beyond in terms of accommodating kids with different abilities. Our kids come from an anglophone household; after a few months, our five-year-old was speaking confidently to people in the streets in Spanish; and our three-year-old is confident in her ability to understand the fully Spanish-language pre-school program, even if she isn't yet fully understandable in English! The parents are overwhelmingly informed and active in the school community, and the location is convenient for anyone in NW DC. Of course, it'd be nice to have greenspace solely for the school's use, and a permanent location, but those things will come, just as they do for all successful charters in DC. But in the meantime, you don't have to take my word for how good this place is... just ask the immense number of people whose kids are on the waiting list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

Mundo verde is an incredible school. Our son is in his second year there and we will be thrilled to enroll our disagree there next fall. Academics are excellent. The curriculum is diverse and interesting to our son. Our kid now speaks fluent spanish. Tha'ts life changing. MV administration is well organized especially when you consider how new it is. Other parents on this site complaining about bullying have questionable motives and fortunately left the school. Parents are overwhelmingly pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2012

We moved our children from a much older bilingual charter to MV this year. This difference is astonishing. After only a semester at MV it is quite evident that MV is vastly superior in target language acquisition, overall academics, classroom management and general dedication to making learning fun and interesting. It may be a new school, but it is much better run and teachers are much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2012

My child has special needs and doing very well at MV. The school culture is very inclusive and the teachers and staff are responsive to the needs of my child and all the students. We are very happy that we are able to send our child to this public charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

We couldn t be happier and feel so lucky to have a space in such a wonderful school. I can hardly believe this is a public school. The administration and teachers are exceptional as well as the curriculum and expeditionary learning approach. They do all kinds of extracurricular activities including yoga, music, cooking, many trips to Rock Creek Park, and much more. Last year was Mundo Verde s first year and as a new school there were some bumps along the way, but the administration has handled each challenge with such compassion and creativity. The parent community is so amazing and special. MV is such a warm and nurturing place, I feel so good dropping my child off every morning and he is excited to be there too. We won spaces in the lottery in some of the most sought after Charter Schools including Two Rivers, Yu Ying, and EW Stokes, but I was really excited about Mundo Verde s vision and took a leap of faith on this new school. Well, that was the best decision I ve ever made. The Spanish is an amazing added bonus to an already extraordinary program. Mundo Verde is now half way through its second year, and it continues to exceed my expectations of what a great school is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

I am trying not to start this review by saying that this is the worst program in DC, because I want this to be a helpful review. It is nearly four months into the school year and the staff are still unaware of my child's academic ability. In addition, we had multiple bullying incidents that have been minimized and met with denial and strict adherence to a policy of keeping her in the class (despite her discomfort and now the teacher's discomfort in dealing with us. We had just moved to DC and had such high aspirations for this school to work for our daughter. We are sad and disheartened by this experience. Moreover, we are beside ourselves trying to find a new and more permanent school for her. It has been validating talking to other parents who are experiencing the same thing. Perhaps the school will fold after a few years, like so many other charters. My hope is that they get better teaching and administrative staff, but that is probably not going to happen, since their tactic is one of closing ranks and ignoring problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

Despite the language of community building and advanced learning techniques presented on the website, this school lacks clear leadership from the top down. The school has substandard curriculum and lacks basic resources, such as a functioning and diverse library for students. Disciplinary policy is administered inconsistently among classrooms, allowing for behavorial problems to disrupt student learning time. Additionally there is a lack of accountability at the student, teacher and administrative level that perpetuates all of the issues mentioned.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% N/A
White 27% 1%
Black 19% 1%
Two or more races 5% 57%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/AN/A
English learners 27%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
Portuguese, Bengali
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Ashoka Changemaker School (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese, Bengali
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kristin Scotchmer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 885-9972

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Expeditionary Learning
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese, Bengali
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
1200
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3220 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: (202) 630-8373

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