FAQ

How do I enroll my child at CMI? 
We accept applications through the My School DC common lottery. To apply and for more information on lottery dates, please visit: http://www.myschooldc.org.

I’m interested in learning more about CMI. Can I schedule a visit to campus?
We would be delighted to host you for an information session and tour during one of our Open House events. The following Open Houses are scheduled for the 2018–2019 school year:

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

What are the school’s hours?
The school day begins at 8:45 a.m. It ends at 3:30 p.m. for preschool through 4th grade and at 4:00 p.m. for 5th through 8th grades. Please see the table below for the important start and end times of all CMI programs:

Before School 7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.
Breakfast 8:15 a.m.–8:35 a.m.
Start of the school day 8:45 a.m.
Dismissal for preschool–4th grade 3:30 p.m.
After School for preschool–4th grade 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Dismissal for 5th–8th grades 4:00 p.m.
After School for 5th–8th grades 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

What is the cost of school lunch, and how do I enroll my child?
Families may qualify for free and reduced-price meals on the basis of income. Families who qualify for this program do not pay anything for school lunch. To apply for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out an application in English or in Spanish and return it to the front desk.

For those who elect to pay for school lunch, the cost is $5.50 per lunch. Families pay a monthly fee according to the following billing schedule:

School Lunch Billing Schedule
Month Fee
August $55 (10 meals)
September $99 (18 meals)
October $110 (20 meals)
November $93.50 (17 meals)
December $71.50 (13 meals)
January $93.50 (17 meals)
February $93.50 (17 meals)
March $99.00 (18 meals)
April $82.50 (15 meals)
May $110.00 (20 meals)
June $82.50 (15 meals)

Please see the “Nutrition and Wellness” section of our website for further information on our Lunch Program, including monthly menus.

Enroll in the School Lunch program at this page.

When am I invoiced for services such as school lunch or ECD?
All invoices are typically sent on the last business day of the month. Families have five (5) days to pay the invoice. If after five (5) days an invoice remains unpaid a reminder is sent indicating payment must be made within ten (10) days of the invoice issue date. If no payment is received within ten (10) days of the invoice issue date families will receive a letter indicating a student’s ability to participate in the program has been terminated and participation in the program will be withheld until payment in full is received. Late fees may also be assessed.

Whom do I direct all my ECD questions to?
Email Shannon Smith, ECD coordinator, at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org.

What changes will I see for spring 2019 ECD?

Early Childhood (PS–K)

  • The class sizes are smaller for preschool–kindergarten ECD. This allows for better classroom management and more targeted learning and play time.
  • After School: We are offering only a full-time and a part-time option.
  • Creative Clubs: There are two paid Creative Clubs for children in the early years: Tippi Jam and Soccer. These are both movement clubs.
  • After School: Students may participate in daily 20–30 minute Art or STEM activities, in which instructors come to the classroom. Students who choose not to participate in these activities will have free-play in the classroom. We made this change, to allow children to opt in or out of activities, on the basis of feedback from club instructors, After School staff, and families. Children in the early years sometimes find it challenging to engage in a single activity for sixty minutes, no matter how well structured the activity. With this new option, all children can be meaningfully in engaged in an activity that interests them.

Elementary (Grades 1–5) Creative Clubs

  • There are different club options for the spring semester.
  • Families will receive in advance a syllabus for the first half of club. We’ll distribute syllabi for for the second half of spring clubs approximately midway through the semester, sometime in March.

Middle School (Grades 6–8) Creative Clubs

  • Middle school Creative Clubs are now for students in grades 6–8. Fifth-grade students are now part of elementary Creative Clubs.
  • There will be two daily options—a movement option and a learning option—for 6th- to 8th-grade students.
  • ALL middle school students and their parents must digitally sign a contract before completing registration.

Are Creative Clubs first come, first served?
No. Creative Clubs have a limit of 16–18 students per club, and if a club oversells, we enter all registrants into a lottery and randomly choose both club participants and waitlist members.

The ECD team is doing everything it can to offer additional sessions or days when a club fills up, but we cannot guarantee this. We decided to cap the number of students per club because we noticed that in the fall 2018 semester, when we didn’t limit the club size, the clubs with large group of students were hard to facilitate.

This semester, families can register for a maximum of four clubs per student. This change is necessary in order to avoid the over-registration and subsequent movement of students to their preferred clubs, which in fall 2018 contributed to the confusion over which clubs a student was actually in.

Why is there no daily drop-in for After School?
Our first priority for After School is proper staffing so that we can provide the best experience possible with appropriate supervision. Setting the proper staffing level requires a set number of enrolled students, and allowing drop-ins means that this number would fluctuate. Families do have the option to enroll in Partial After School, for up to three days a week, but note that Partial After School does not allow for participation on days other than those selected upon registration.

If my child is enrolled in Creative Clubs is he or she eligible to stay until 6:00 p.m. in the After School program, after the club has finished?
Yes, but within the following guidelines: If your child is enrolled in one or two Creative Clubs, you must enroll in Partial After School for your child to (1) attend After School on days he or she does not have a Creative Club, and (2) stay until 6:00 p.m. on Creative Clubs days.

If your child is enrolled in three or more Creative Clubs, he or she can attend After School, at no additional cost, on the other days and stay until 6:00 p.m. on Creative Clubs days.

What’s new for Middle School Creative Clubs?
The middle school After School program now consists only of Creative Clubs and ends at 5:30 p.m. And for the purposes of ECD, middle school now refers to only 6th–8th grades. Students in 5th grade are now part of the elementary ECD program.

In re-creating After School for middle school students as only Creative Clubs, we wanted to improve the program for children in these grades. Students will have 90-minute clubs and then be dismissed. Students who need to stay past 5:30 p.m. will help with the younger grades until a parent or guardian arrives. You must contact Shannon Smith at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org to discuss this option before your child is allowed to stay past 5:30.

Where can I find club descriptions?
See Creative Clubs descriptions, and sign up, at our BigCommerce site.

Can I switch my Creative Clubs enrollment after I sign up for a club?
Please contact Shannon Smith at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org about switching clubs by February 4, 2019; after February 4, 2019, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED.

If I’m owed a refund, when will I get it?
If you are owed a refund please email shannon.smith@creativemindspc.org. Once you receive a response from her, allow 14 business days until your refund is received.

During the first two weeks of clubs, withdrawals are permitted, for a 50-percent refund. After February 4, 2019, no refunds will be issued.

If I register for three or four clubs, but my child gets into fewer than that, what are my options?
With the change to lottery-based enrollment for oversold clubs, families have the option for their children to join a waitlist for clubs they didn’t get into.

Children on a waitlist may join their grade-level ECD classroom until the registration period closes on February 4, 2019, at no cost. After the enrollment period ends—two weeks into clubs—the waitlisted students will have the option of joining the clubs of their choice, and we will hold a second lottery to fill any open spaces in clubs. We’ll communicate will families about club availability after open enrollment ends.

How and when will I know which clubs my student is confirmed for?
You will receive an email for each club, confirming that your student is enrolled, by January 7, 2019.

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