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 are the hours and cost of the Extended Creative Day (ECD) Before School, After School, and Creative Clubs programs, and how do I enroll my child?
Before School is available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for a monthly fee of $150. To enroll your child in Before School, please visit this page.

After School is available for students in preschool through 4th grade from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at a monthly cost of $350, $125 for families who qualify for reduced-price meals, and $0 for families who qualify for free meals. To enroll your child in After School, please visit this page.

Creative Clubs are offered for students in preschool through 8th grade. Creative Clubs are targeted enrichment activities designed to allow students to explore their unique talents and interests. For more information on Creative Clubs, please visit the “Extended Creative Day Programs” section of our website.

The middle school Creative Clubs program is available for 5th- through 8th-grade students from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at a monthly cost of $125, $75 for families who qualify for reduced-price meals, and $0 for families who qualify for free meals. To enroll your child in this program, please visit this page. Further details about our Middle School Creative Clubs Program can be found on the “Extended Creative Day Programs” section of our website. 

If I can’t afford Extended Creative Day is financial help available?
Yes. If the cost of CMI’s Extended Creative Day program poses a financial burden to your family, aid and scholarships are available. Please contact ECD coordinator Shannon Smith (shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org) for a confidential consultation on assistance that may be available.

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.

Are Creative Clubs first come, first served?
No. The ECD team is doing everything it can to offer additional sessions or days when a club fills up. However, we are sometimes constrained by the number of students a class can support. If a club is oversold, we will choose participants for both the club and the waitlist via a lottery system. As long as you registered for the club before August 10, 2018, you are eligible for the lottery. Registrations received after August 10 will be placed behind registrations made through August 10 and currently waitlisted, as determined by the lottery.

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.

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. We wanted to improve the program for our middle school students. These students will have ninety-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. Please contact Shannon Smith at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org to discuss this option.

If my child is enrolled in middle school 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.

Where can I find club descriptions?
See this page for Creative Clubs descriptions. Sign up for Creative Clubs here.

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 through August 13 without penalty or loss of payment. If you make this switch after August 13, you may receive only a 50 percent refund.

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