Award Year: 2022

Sela Public Charter School

6015 Chillum Place Northeast
Washington, DC, 20011-1501

(202) 670-7352

Mr. Joshua Bork, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School, Choice School

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Mission

Sela Public Charter School offers children of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, in the District of Columbia, from PreK-5th grade, the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on Hebrew language immersion, promotes the value of diversity and provides the skills for taking action in the world. To accomplish our mission, we focus on:Academic Excellence - We offer our students a challenging academic environment that promotes creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the love of learning.Building Community - We build partnerships within our diverse community.Citizenship - We inspire a collaborative spirit and respect for self, others, and the world as a foundation for good citizenship.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 62%
  • White: 30%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 3%
Application
Sela students and teachers celebrating at our annual Israel Day.

Sela students and teachers celebrating at our annual Israel Day.

Since 2013, Sela PCS has offered children of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds across the District of Columbia, from pre-kindergarten (PK3) through 5th grade, the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on Hebrew language immersion, promotes the value of diversity, and provides the skills for active engagement in the world. Sela PCS was founded on the premise that proficiency in more than one language develops a greater ability to communicate with and to understand people from different backgrounds.

Our students develop both academic mastery and greater empathy through our rigorous, dual-language curriculum and social-emotional learning programs. The school's name, Sela, is derived from the Hebrew word for "rock" or "foundation." Sela PCS was founded on a steadfast commitment to ensuring that all students have access to a strong foundation of high academic standards and support, in the context of a diverse learning environment. The five pillars to which we hold ourselves accountable and that form the basis of our educational program are: Academic Excellence, Innovation, Diversity, Global Citizenship, and Trustworthiness.

Sela is a Diverse-by-Design school. This means that we not only value the diversity of our students, families, faculty and staff, we actively cultivate a diverse school community to broaden the horizons of each community member. Learning with and from people different from ourselves challenges our assumptions and perspectives, and allows us to develop a broad sense of empathy for our fellow human beings.