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2021-22 School Year Reopening Updates

Check this page regularly to get the latest updates on school reopening!
Scroll to the bottom of the page for Frequently Asked Questions.


How Are We Keeping You Safe?


Missed the “Virtual Family Town Hall: 2021-22 School Reopening”?
Replay the Recording Below!

Friday, June 11, 2021

You may also review the powerpoint presentation here.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming important dates:

  • Tuesday, July 13th: Parent Orientation (K/2nd ONLY)
  • Wednesday, July 14th: Parent Orientation (1st/3rd ONLY)
  • Monday, August 9th: 1st Day of School (K-3 ONLY)
  • August 9th – 27th: Early Start for Scholars (K-3 ONLY – dismiss at 12:30pm) 
  • Tuesday, August 10th: Teacher Meet and Greet (K/2nd ONLY)
  • Wednesday, August 11th: Teacher Meet and Greet (1st/3rd ONLY)
  • Monday, August 30th: 1st Day of School (PK3-PK4)

We are providing every K-3 scholar with TWO FREE UNIFORM SHIRTS for the 21-22SY.  Please complete this survey by June 30th with your scholar’s shirt size!

In partnership,
Achievement Prep


Join an Upcoming Virtual Family Town Hall:
2021-22 School Reopening

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Dear Achievement Prep and AppleTree @ Achievement Prep Families,

We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education and our school community over the past 15 months.  It has been challenging, but you’ve stuck with us and we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!  We are gearing up for a 100% in-person learning environment for the 2021-22 school year and are so excited to see your faces soon.

The health and safety of our staff and scholars continues to be a top priority, alongside getting your scholar’s brains stronger, so they can be smarter, so they can go to college, and do whatever they want! We know our scholars learn best in our care; IN-PERSON, five days per week.

We have a lot to catch up on, so mandatory Early Start for Scholars (ESS) in Kindergarten – Third Grade will begin on Monday, August 9th. AppleTree@Achievement Prep scholars in PK3-PK4 begin on Monday, August 30th.

To learn more about our reopening plans and to get your questions answered directly by us, please attend an upcoming Virtual Parent Town Hall on either Friday, June 11th or Monday, June 14th.  Join either one of the 45-minute sessions by clicking the link below:

Meeting date and time Video access info. Phone access info.
Friday, June 11, 2021
12:00PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88392966910 301-715-8592
Webinar ID: 883 9296 6910
(no password required)
Monday, June 14, 2021
6:00PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84754458429 301-715-8592
Webinar ID: 847 5445 8429
(no password required)

Please mark your calendar for upcoming important dates:

  • Tuesday, July 13th: Parent Orientation (K/2nd ONLY)
  • Wednesday, July 14th: Parent Orientation (1st/3rd ONLY)
  • Monday, August 9th: 1st Day of School (K-3 ONLY)
  • August 9th – 27th: Early Start for Scholars (K-3 ONLY – dismiss at 12:30pm) 
  • Tuesday, August 10th: Teacher Meet and Greet (K/2nd ONLY)
  • Wednesday, August 11th: Teacher Meet and Greet (1st/3rd ONLY)
  • Monday, August 30th: 1st Day of School (PK3-PK4)

We miss our scholars and families deeply.  Thank you for your continued partnership and trust as we navigate our return to normal.  Should you have any immediate questions or concerns about the 2021-22 school year, please contact us at esremote@achievementprep.org or aja.mills@appletreeinstitute.org.

In partnership,

Ms. Lewis
Chief of Schools


[UPDATE] Message from the Deputy Mayor of Education

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Dear Platinum Parents,

Please review this letter from the Deputy Mayor of Education, Paul Kihn.

Per guidance from Mayor Bowser, distance learning will only be available in the 2021-22 school year to students who submit a standardized medical certification form completed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner documenting a student’s physical or mental health condition that requires distance learning. Join our Reopening Webinar to learn more.

In partnership,
Achievement Prep


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will Achievement Prep offer meal service over the summer?
A: Although Achievement Prep will not offer to-go meals on-site over the summer, there are a number of sites nearby that are offering comprehensive meals daily from 10AM – 2PM through September 30, 2021.  Find your nearest site here.

Q: When is the first day of school for the 21-22SY
A: Kindergarten – Third Grade begins Monday, August 9, 2021.  PK3-PK4 begins Monday, August 30, 2021.  

Q: What is the regular school schedule starting August 30th?
A: Kindergarten-Third Grade

  • 7:45 – 4:30 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • 7:45 -12:30 (Wednesday) 

A: PK3-PK4

  • 8:00AM – 4:30PM  (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • 8:00 – 12:30 (Wednesday)

Q: Will I be able to visit my scholar in school?
A. Unfortunately, no. We will continue to limit entry in to the building for visitors. However, we will employ creative ways to show you what is happening in your scholars’ classroom regularly. We hope to resume our open door policy soon.

Q: Are school uniforms required?
A. Yes. Now that we will resume our in-person program, Achievement Prep will require scholars to wear school uniforms daily beginning the first day of school. Please see our updated uniform purchase form here. Each K-3 scholar will be gifted two uniform polo shirts at Parent Orientation scheduled for July 13th and July 14th.

Q: Do I need to complete my health forms?
A. YES! Now, more than ever, are up to date immunizations necessary for safely returning to in-person instruction. DC requires all children enrolled in public schools to complete health forms, get vaccinated etc. In addition to notices you may have received from DC Department of Health, the school nurse will be contacting you if we do not have record of your annual vaccinations. Please make sure you submit all enrollment documents, including health records, per the directions received from our enrollment teams. Achievement Prep will offer in-person immunizations on June 16th and 17th, 1PM-6PM, on campus. Please join us!

Q: What learning options do you offer?
A. We are offering 100% in-person learning for our scholars for the 2021-22 school year as long as health conditions are deemed safe. Per guidance from Mayor Bowser, distance learning will only be available in the 2021-22 school year to students who submit a standardized medical certification form completed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner documenting a student’s physical or mental health condition that requires distance learning.

Q: How are we thinking about closing gaps given the amount of time lost?
A: Children across the country are bearing the impact of this virus academically and we must all do what we can to close gaps. All schools have been asked to address this issue with time associated with the school year.  Rather than extending scholars’ current school year or hold a few summer school days in the middle of the summer (which won’t address the true academic and social need), we will begin school early. Doing so will enable scholars K-3 to 1) re-acclimate to school 2) Build relationships 3) Build independence through routines and celebrations 4) (Re)learn social skills and social-emotional skill lessons and 5) Introduce strong instructional behaviors that lead to learning

Q: How will Achievement Prep prepare parents for the transition back to school?
A: In addition to the reopening family webinars on June 11th and 14th, we will host in-person Parent Orientation on July 13th and 14th and Teacher Meet and Greets on August 10th and 11th.  If you have special needs, please contact us at esremote@achievementprep.org.

Q: What school supplies do I need to purchase for my K-3 scholar?
A:
Achievement Prep will provide a chromebook and supply bin for each K-3 scholar, even if there’s more than one Achievement Prep scholar in the home.  Families should not have to purchase any materials for instruction, however, if you are interested in enhancing what we’ll provide, you may refer to our school supplies list.  Additionally, we will gift all K-3 scholars with two uniform polo shirts at Parent Orientation scheduled for July 13th and July 14th.

Please complete this survey by June 30th with your scholar’s shirt size!

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