Enrollment and Attendance FAQs
Who is eligible to attend Friendship Public Charter School Online?
Any student in grades K-8 who resides in Washington, DC is eligible for full-time enrollment.
Enrollment is limited for the 2015-2016 school year to 200 students and may require a lottery if more applications are submitted during the initial enrollment window then there are available seats.
Are there enrollment restrictions? How many of my children can I enroll in Friendship Public Charter School Online?
Because Friendship PCS Online provides all the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K-8, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend Friendship Public Charter School Online?
Since Friendship PCS Online is a public school program, there is no tuition. We provide a state-certified teacher and all instructional materials for the program. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
What is the attendance policy?
Friendship Public Charter School Online works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their required number of 181 instructional days. Attendance is logged daily in the Online School by Parent/ Learning Coach.
Extended family travel, except during normal school vacation periods, requires written notification and vacation contract approval by the Head of School or designee. This should be completed at least one week prior to the extended absence.
All families must attend an in person Parent Orientation and the new students will attend the "Introduction to Online Learning" course via the online school.
The family must maintain regular communication with Friendship PCS Online teachers.
Students and parents/learning coaches must check their k-mail, e-mail, and phone messages daily.
Students must attend all required Blackboard Collaborate Live sessions for direct instruction as directed by their teachers.
Is the program available to children without a permanent address?
The McKinney Act of 1987, or P.L. 100-77, ensures that each child of a homeless individual, and each homeless youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. The act has been amended and is considered the McKinney-Vento Act currently. Under the Act, schools are prohibited from delaying a homeless child's entry into school due to delays in obtaining school records. Rules regarding guardianship must be waived for homeless students living with foster parents or relatives other than their legal guardians. Individuals who would be considered McKinney-Vento students would be in housing temporarily and due to hardship, the housing is substandard or considered inadequate or a student is not living with a parent or guardian.
Friendship Public Charter School Online can offer school supplies and Title I services to qualifying homeless youth. Determinations of qualifying students are made on a case-by-case basis.
Parents/Students may review the Friendship Public Charter School Online of Homeless Children and Youth policy by calling the school office. If you feel you may be eligible for services please call the school office at 202.729.8287.
Can I take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school "holidays" or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.