FAQ

Enrollment & Visting

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. We’ll post the dates for our 2019–20 events at the beginning of the school year.

The School Day

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.–6:00 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 $27.50 (5 meals)
September $104.50 (19 meals)
October $115.50 (21 meals)
November $88.00 (16 meals)
December $77.00 (14 meals)
January $99.00 (18 meals)
February $93.50 (17 meals)
March $110.00 (20 meals)
April $88.00 (16 meals)
May $110.00 (20 meals)
June $77.00 (14 meals)

Please see our Nutrition and Wellness page for further information about our Lunch Program, including monthly menus.

Enroll in the School Lunch program at this page.

Invoices & Payments

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.

Extended Creative Day

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 fall 2019 ECD?

Early Childhood (Preschool–Kindergarten)

  • 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 both full-time and part-time options.
  • Creative Clubs: There will be an option to opt in or opt out of specific daily activities for early childhood. There will not be an additional cost for clubs this school year.
  • After School: Students will participate in daily 30-minute creative-learning 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 60 minutes, no matter how well structured the activity. With this new option, all children can be meaningfully engaged in an activity that interests them.

Elementary Creative Clubs (Grades 1–4)

  • There are different club options for the fall semester.
  • Families will be able to review any syllabus in advance, before Creative Clubs begin.

Middle School Creative Clubs (Grades 5–8)

  • Middle school Creative Clubs are now for students in grades 5–8.
  • ALL middle school students and their parents must digitally sign a contract before completing registration.
  • For 2019–20, CMI is partnering only with outside providers for Creative Clubs to nurture interest in our growing program; this is causing a slight increase in the cost of clubs for middle school participants. Our goal is to strengthen education leadership and improve student achievement. By factoring in the benefits of the community service that middle school students will be doing, at least once a week, to improve school conditions, we’re able to offer a rate that’s competitive with the rates for previous years. We also intend to improve after-school learning opportunities and build an appreciation and demand for our middle school clubs.

Are Creative Clubs first come, first served?
No. Each Creative Club has a limit of 15–20 students, and if a club oversells, we enter all registrants into a lottery and randomly choose both club participants and wait-list members. If you’re added to a wait-list, you will not be charged until your slot is confirmed and you’re removed from the wait-list.

The ECD team does everything it can to offer additional club sessions or days when a club fills up, but we cannot guarantee this. We decided to cap the number of students so that the clubs are easy to facilitate and are enjoyable for all participants.

This semester, families can register for a maximum of four clubs per student. This change is necessary in order to avoid over-registration and the 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 attend After School on other days?
Children attending one or two Creative Clubs each week must be enrolled in Partial After School to attend our After School program on the days when their clubs aren’t in session.

Children enrolled in three or more Creative Clubs each week may attend After School at no additional cost on the days when their clubs aren’t in session.

What’s new for middle school Creative Clubs?
The middle school After School program now consists only of Creative Clubs and ends at 6:00 p.m.

Can I switch my Creative Clubs enrollment after I sign up for a club?
To switch clubs, please email Shannon Smith, at shannon.smith@creativemindspcs.org, by September 23, 2019; after September 30, 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, at shannon.smith@creativemindspc.org. Once you hear from her, allow 7–14 business days to receive your refund.

During the first two weeks of clubs, withdrawals are permitted, for a 50-percent refund. After September 30, 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 wait-list for clubs they didn’t get into.

We will hold a second lottery to fill any open spaces in clubs. We’ll communicate with 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 August 15, 2019.

Explore