CMI counts on the support and engagement from our families to sustain the positive and vibrant community life of our school. We prioritize meaningful opportunities for family engagement because we understand that active parental involvement improves student academic performance and contributes to a positive school climate.

Families at CMI take an active part in student learning. We invite families to join us for Exit Point activities in the classroom, student performances, Family Nights, Parent Workshops, parent-teacher conferences, community meetings, field days, and other events throughout the year. We keep our families up-to-date on school happenings through weekly school newsletters, weekly classroom newsletters, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account.

The Creative Families Association

The Creative Families Association (CFA) represents parents and guardians at Creative Minds International Public Charter School. The CFA is an inclusive and open space for all CMI families and welcomes all levels of involvement, from volunteering for leadership positions to participating in CFA events. For more information about the CFA, please visit


  • We ask that all students be in their classrooms by 8:45 a.m. daily.
  • Students arriving after 8:45 a.m. must be signed in at the front desk.
  • Absences are considered unexcused unless we receive a note or email from the parent or a doctor/dentist, or a call to the absence line: (202) 588-0370, Option 2.
  • If you know in advance that your child will be tardy or absent, please contact your child’s teacher or our registrar, Aura Matias, at

Parking, Drop-off Lane & Driving Safely on the AFRH Campus

The AFRH takes parking very seriously. CMI’s use of the parking areas on campus has been strictly defined, and we must adhere to the rules to maintain our parking privileges. See our campus map for the locations of entrance and exit gates and the CMI parking lot for families and visitors.

Parking in unauthorized spaces is illegal and may result in AFRH ticketing cars, as well as revoking a family’s driving privileges and access to campus. If infractions continue, it is possible that all CMI family parking will be prohibited. We ask all families to help by following these rules:

  • DO enter and exit campus through Harewood Gate, at 61 Harewood Road NW, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • DO enter and exit through Eagle Gate, at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • DO Park ONLY in Lot 5.
  • DO make use of the drop-off lane during drop-off time (8:15 – 8:45 a.m.). But DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended in the drop-off lane.
  • DO carpool when possible.
  • DO NOT leave your vehicle in fire lanes or areas marked by cones at any time.
  • DO NOT park in residents’ spaces, assigned parking spaces, or the lot for Lincoln’s Cottage.

Inclement Weather: Delays & Closings

CMI follows the weather-related delays and cancellations of DC Public Schools. You’ll find these announcements here:

Radio: WMAL (630 AM), WOL (1450 AM), Radio America—Spanish (1540 AM), WTOP (103.5 FM), WAMU (88.5 FM), and WHUR (96.3 FM).

TV: network channels 4, 5, 7, and 9, as well as cable channels 8, 16, and 28.

From CMI: alerts will be sent by phone and email and posted to Twitter and Facebook.

DCPS: information will be available by phone, at (202) 442-5885, and online.

Home Access Center

In the Home Access Center, CMI families view student registration, schedules, attendance, class assignments, grades, and report cards. Families may also update their contact information on the HAC platform.

Sign in to the HAC at this page. Choose Creative Minds Live from the drop-down menu, and enter your username and password.

We’ve put together a tutorial to help you use the HAC platform.

If you haven’t yet set up an account or you have questions about the HAC, please contact Cesar Espinoza, at, or Aura Matias, at

Academic Calendar 2019–20

Student and Family Handbook 2018–2019

OSSE Health Profile 2018–19 School Year (Note that though this is the most recent profile, some information, such as the names of teachers, is no longer current for the 2019–20 school year.)

Guide to CMI Administration: Whom to Contact With Questions & Concerns

CMI 2017–18 PARCC Results and OSSE’s New STAR Framework

Bullying & Sexual Assault or Harassment Information:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: English | Spanish

Sign Up to Purchase School Lunch

CMI’s Open Board Meeting Policy

The Board’s overall objective is to conduct school business in a transparent manner; many Board documents, including financial statements, are available for view online. While many Board meetings deal with personnel issues, awards, or other matters of confidential nature, we will hold a minimum of one open Board meeting in the Fall per school year. We will announce the date of this open meeting on the CMI website, and in an email to the CMI community, at least ten days in advance. This schedule complies with CMI’s bylaws, which specify there shall be at least ten meetings of the Board held each year. Members of the CMI community who wish to contact the Board are welcome do so at any time.

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