Public Information 

A.      Notice of Non-Discrimination

The primary goal of Congress Heights Public Charter School is to ensure that each student achieves at the highest possible level. Education is to be provided in a manner that does not discriminate or cause harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or social and family background.

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“The Age Act”), applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with [Congress Heights Public Charter School] (“Congress Heights”) are hereby notified that Congress Heights does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its  programs and activities.

Students, parents and/or guardians having inquiries concerning Congress Heights’ compliance with Section 504 or the ADA as it applies to students or who wish to file a complaint regarding such compliance should contact:

Tiana Beard, ACT Manager
Congress Heights Public Charter School
3100 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20032
202-561-0860

For inquiries or to file a complaint regarding Congress Heights’ compliance with ADA and Section 504 as it relates to employees or third parties, and Title VI, Title IX, and/or the Age Act as it relates to students, employees or third parties, please contact:

Tiana Beard, ACT Manager
Congress Heights Public Charter School
3100 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20032
202-561-0860

B.     Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Parents and guardians who want to learn more about their rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act can obtain a copy of their procedural safeguards from the Section 504 Coordinator:  

Tiana Beard, ACT Manager
Congress Heights Public Charter School
3100 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20032
202-561-0860

C.     Notice of Grievance Procedures

Any person, student, parent, employee or third party who believe that Congress Heights has violated the regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VI, Title IX, and/or the Age Act may submit a complaint pursuant to Meridian’s Grievance Procedures. A copy of the grievance procedures can be obtained by request through:

Tiana Beard, ACT Manager
Congress Heights Public Charter School
3100 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20032
202-561-0860

D.     Public Notification for school meal programs

[Congress Heights Public Charter School] participates in the National School Lunch Program and offers Breakfast, Lunch and Snack at no cost to students in an effort to provide balanced, nutritious meals for all students and introduce the students to a variety of fruits and vegetables for a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions about the program, contact Tiffany Green at tiffany.green@democracyprep.org   or 202-561-0860.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following:

It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or ohr@dc.gov.

E.     School health and Wellness Documents

DPCH Local Wellness Plan 2016-2019

SY17-18 School Health Profile

DPCH Bullying Prevention Policy 2018

F. Title I  

Congress Heights PCS is the recipient of federal Title I moneys as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA). Title I money is used solely to help ensure that children, regardless of family income, have the opportunity to obtain a quality education and become academically proficient.

Congress Heights PCS implements a Title I Schoolwide Program model. A school is eligible to become a Title I Schoolwide Program if 40% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Eligible schools are permitted to use Title I, Part A funds in combination with state and local resources and other federal education program funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school to raise the academic achievement of all students.
Congress Heights funds initiatives to improve students reading and math achievement with Title I funding. The school’s Title I plan includes a   focus on improving student outcomes on state tests in reading and math, enhancing the home-school connection, and improving achievement in early-childhood grades of K-2 through reduced class sizes and additional staffing to support instructional delivery and planning and student social-emotional needs. 

Parents are a critical voice in shaping the school's Title I efforts. Each year the school seeks parent input on the Title I plan. Additionally, a schoolwide survey is conducted to garner parent feedback.  Parents are invited to provide feedback throughout the year. 

For more information about the Title I School Wide Program please contact dpch_info@democracyprep.org