Monday: 7:45am-4:15pm
Tuesday: 7:45am-4:15pm
Wednesday: 7:45am-2:00pm
Thursday: 7:45am-4:15pm
Friday: 7:45am-4:15pm

Announcements Archive

April 29th 10:00am - 2:00pm | Spring 2017 Job Fair

April 3rd - May 31st | Enrollment Phase Two Begins

March 27-31 | Parent Teacher Conferences

Join DPCH for Parent Teacher Conferences, March 27-31st! On Friday March, 31st the building is open for conferences but school is closed for scholars. Enjoy the long weekend!

Wednesday, January 4th | School Resumes

Happy New Year! School Resumes Wednesday, January 4th.

December 14th 5:30pm | Winterfest

11/23/2016 - 11/30/2016 | School Closed 11/23 - 11/30

Democracy Prep Congress Heights will be out from Wednesday, 11/23 until Wednesday, 11/30. We are NOT in school on Monday, 11/28 or Tuesday, 11/29. Please find alternative accommodations for your scholars on those days.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and see you next Wednesday, 11/30!

Tuesday November 8th | School Closed for Election

School Closed for Election Tuesday November 8th

Tuesday November 8th 7-9pm | Election Night Watch Party


Election Night Watch Party Tuesday November 8th 7-9pm

Wednesday January 27th 2016 | School Re-Opening

School will re-open Wednesday, January 27th on our normal schedule. Thank you.

Thursday, January 21st | Delayed Opening

There will be a delayed opening today Thursday, January 21st. School will begin at promptly at 9:30. Thank you.

Friday, December 18th | Winter Break

winter break

Thursdays, November 12, 2015 @4:30pm | Family Leadership Council, Looking for committee chairs

Please click on the link below if you are interested in becoming a member and or Committee Chair.


October 10, 2015 | Justice or Else 10/10/15

Justice or Else 10.10.15

10.10.15 Justice or Else marks the 20 year anniversary of the Million Man March.  We here at Democracy Prep Congress Heights believe in the importance of developing global citizens through engagement with their community.  If you and your family are interested in making history once again, please feel free to join us on Saturday October 10, 2015.  We will meet here at the school at 8:00am, travel on metro as a group to the National Mall together, Learning about our history and how to change the world in a positive way.  Please fill out the form by clicking this link.


Meet up time: 8:00 am At Democracy Prep
Congress Heights
Departure time:  2:00 pm or earlier.  It will be decided as a group.
Travel Mode:  Metro Bus or train.
Lunch: Please bring a small bag lunch.

October 10, 2015 | The Mission Continues Robotics Workshop on 10/10/15 at 8am-12pm

Join the Mission Continues 3rd Platoon as we:

  • Demonstrate different robot designs available for the event
  • Help students develop ideas to design their own robots by interacting with other groups
  • Test drive some fun robotics, and show how important STEM is to our kids and their future
  • See presentations from other organizations that can assist parents and students on other STEM programs
  • Have an awesome time with parents, kids and staff!!Robotics Flyer for TMC_10.10


Thursday, October 1st | Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be on Thursday, October 1st from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | State of the Transformation

State of the Transformation Flyer

Please click this link to RSVP

Wednesday, September 9th | Wednesday 9/9/2015 Hours

School Will Be Open Tomorrow with our Wednesday hours which are 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Sign up by September 11, 2015 | Family Leadership Council (FLC)


Greetings Democracy Prep Families,

The Family Leadership Council of Democracy Prep Congress Heights would like to bring you greetings and enthusiasm. It’s such an honor to be serving all of the families this year in hopes that we all can stay informed and engaged with making sure that our scholars are successful.

One of our goals this year at DPCH is to motivate and engage parents to ensure that the school, our scholars and families are all aligned.  With this goal in mind, we are welcoming and encouraging all parents to actively participate on our Family Leadership Council.

The FLC is a family leadership arm of DPCH, led by parents and supported by the school. The FLC promotes school/home life, safety, and advocacy.  Together we will plan events (such as 5K Walk for a Cure, serving food in shelters and more of your ideas), build relationships with the DPCH community and ensure that our scholars “Work Hard, Go to College and Change the World.”

So if you are ready to join this council of family leaders supporting parent engagement and scholar success, please fill out the form below:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | Coffee & Conversations

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Coffee and Donuts

Coffee & Conversations:

When: Thursday, Sept. 10th 2015

Time: 7:45-8:30 am

Location: Cafeteria

Come discuss your ideas for making this school year a success!! All are welcomed!!

Please RSVP by emailing


click this link

Principal Office hours (Come in and let’s chat!!)

8:45am – 9:45am Daily

Thursday, July 16th | Starting Strong: Welcome Letter and Important Dates

Dear Democracy Prep Congress Heights Families,


The staff has been very busy this summer preparing for the 2015-16 school! We are excited about the new school year that is approaching and look forward to seeing all members of our Democracy Prep Family soon! The start of school can seem overwhelming, but we put important supports in place to help you and your scholar have a smooth start!


Democracy Prep Congress Heights has some specific requirements, so we can ensure all of our scholars are fully prepared to grow their brains on the path to college. In order to facilitate this process, there is a one-time mandatory supplies fee of $20 per scholar, which includes all school supplies and for the entire school year. If you have more than one scholar (family of 2 or more) in our school, the supplies fee will be $40.


Each scholar is responsible for providing his/her own backpack as well as a set of necessary school supplies to complete their daily homework at home. The school will provide the essential supplies to be successful throughout the school year such as paper, pencils, folders, tissues, etc. for the school year.


Please bring cash to your Family Orientation (dates are on the back) in order to pay the supplies fee. All families that turn this in by September 15th will be entered into a raffle for some school swag! If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact our Registrar, Melissa Winters at 202-561-0860.


We strive to work in partnership with our families to ensure each scholar is an active part of our mission and values. With your support your scholar truly will Work Hard, Go to College and Change the World! This year we will use our new website to communicate regularly with parents and families. Please check the website for important updates throughout the year to see how you can support your scholar.


Welcome to the 2015-16 Democracy Prep DREAM Team! We are so excited for the school year to start and look forward to years of positive and productive collaboration.






Sean Reidy

Executive Director



Get Ready for the First Day of School on August 17th!

Families Please Remember to:

  • Attend Family Orientation – all dates below
  • Pay the one-time mandatory supplies fee of $20 per family ($40 – for two scholars or more)
  • Ensure that Scholar is in full Uniform Daily
    • DP uniform shirt
    • Gray pants
    • Black belt and shoes
    • Black, blue, or white socks
  • Submit completed summer homework packet on August 17th

Important Dates:

  • Coffee & Conversations: Getting to Know Your New Principal: Mrs. Jones
    • August 6th: 8:00am – 8:45 am
  • Family Orientation Options (attend only one):
    • August 10th : 5:30pm – 7:00 pm
    • August 13th : 5:30pm – 7:00 pm
    • August 15th : 10am – 11:30am

* You can bring your materials fee – cash required!

  • Uniform Sales:
    • We listened to families and are offering a cheaper shirt option for you all. On August 3rd from 9 am – 3 pm, we will be offering DPCH shirts for $12. NOTE: FIRST 50 families on August 3rd will receive one FREE shirt (per family)
    • You can also purchase these shirts at Family Orientation.
    • Flynn & O’Hara uniform fitting: July 30th from 4-7 pm
  • Prep Academy and First Day of School
    • All Scholars: August 17-21 (7:45am-1:00pm) in Full uniform. Champions will provide aftercare services this week. Please inquire with them about pricing.
    • NOTE: Monday, August 17th parents are welcome to drop off scholars in the classroom for their FIRST DAY. After this day, families will drop scholar at the front door to greet school leaders, and scholars will make their own way to class.

 Our website ( will have all of these dates and will have any updates as we approach the start of the school year. Please reference it regularly!