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Arts Week 2017: Connecting Arts and Academics

Arts-in-Action during Arts Week 2017.

Congratulations to the students, faculty, and parents who participated in Arts Week 2017. From the Gallery Walk Writing Project to Art-in-Action, to the Dance-a-Thon, CityArts’ Arts Week is the premiere artistic exhibition time for our scholars.

Our theme this year was “One Love.” It was the perfect spirit in which to officially kick-off our arts showcases and performances. During Arts Week all of our students had a chance to express their artistic interest in music, dance, vocal, visual and theatrical. We like to say students get the opportunity to EXPLORE the arts, EXPERIENCE one our arts disciplines, and ENGAGE with art as an academic learning tool.  

Arts Week brings to life the mission of CityArts by integrating arts and academics to drive success for ALL students. One of my favorite Arts Week programs was The Sight and Sound Showcase, which gave parents a chance to see their children perform under the bright lights. The Showcase brought back memories of my time on stage. I can vividly remember my first time performing in elementary school when I played in Carmen. When I got the role, I was so excited to tell my parents I would be in a play! Every night my mom helped me practice my lines and she would read the other characters, which I found to be hilarious.  Finally, the big day arrived. On the first day of the show, I was so nervous and afraid to take the stage.  My teacher told me “Do what we practiced and have fun.”  Once I hit the stage the nerves were gone and I played my role to the T!

I’ll never forget the feeling of accomplishment and confidence I had during those nights in Carmen. I can imagine our CityArts artists felt the same way because I could see the courage and fearlessness when they performed during Arts Week. When I saw our quiet students jump at the chance to sing and dance for their peers, it reminded me why arts in education is so key. Recent study results of students exposed to the Arts was featured in Education Week. “Exposure to the arts also affects the values of young people making them more tolerant and empathetic,” the researchers wrote. “Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world,” they explained. And that is what I want for our students at CityArts. Yes, test scores are important, but my goal is for our students to be global citizens, ready for the world before them – and I believe the arts can and will do that.

It is a pleasure to walk the halls and see our students learning and performing in the arts. I cannot wait to do Arts Week again next year!   

Follow us at @CityArtsPCS on Twitter and for upcoming arts performances.

Introducing Our New Chief Academic Officer & Principal

Dear City Arts & Prep Public Charter School Staff, Parents/Guardians, and Students:
It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Chief Academic Officer/Principal of City Arts & Prep Public Charter School.  I feel honored and humbled to serve the students, staff, and families of City Arts & Prep community and continue the tradition of excellence and partnerships that have been established.  I will be working closely with Ms. Lanette Dailey-Reese, Executive Director, and Ms. Demetria Gartrell, former principal, to ensure a smooth transition.  It is my goal to work together with each of you to ensure that our relationships are strong and teaching and learning is of the highest quality at City Arts & Prep.
My initial entry work will focus on building relationships and learning about each member of our school community.  I want to begin that effort by sharing some of my background.  This is my fifteenth year in education.  I spent the first ten years teaching with the District of Columbia Public Schools.  During that time, I served as a classroom teacher, grade level chair, and local school restructuring team chair.  I have been an administrator for the past five years, serving as the assistant principal at Center City Public Charter School and principal of Democracy Prep Public Charter School.  It is my belief that we must put students at the heart of all we do.  I believe that City Arts & Prep has done so by establishing a fun, creative, and supportive place of learning. I am truly excited to be welcomed member of the team!

During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of CAPP the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world-class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century with a solid foundation created here at our school. I anticipate a most successful year as my team and I support the exceptional academic and arts education experience for your child here at City Arts & Prep Public Charter School.

In partnership,

Mrs. Lakeala Jones
Chief Academic Officer/Principal

Important Back to School Details

In order to ensure all students are acclimated with the City Arts experience, we are introducing a staggered scheduled for select grade levels. Please view the orientation calendar and staggered schedule below to ensure your scholar is prepared for their first day of school.

Monday, August 14 Tuesday, August 15 Wednesday, August 16 Thursday, August 17 Friday, August 18
Family Orientation: PK-2nd Grade Only@ 5:30 pm Family Orientation:  3rd-8th Grade Only @ 5:30 pm
Monday, August 21 Tuesday, August 22 Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24 Friday, August 25
Staggered Arrival: First Day for 6th-8th Grade Only Staggered Arrival: First Day for 3rd-5th Grade Only Staggered Arrival: First Day for PK-2nd Grade Only All Students/Grades All Students/Grades

Introducing Our New Executive Director





We are pleased to announce that Lanette Dailey-Reese has been selected as the next Executive Director of City Arts & Prep Public Charter School.  The board of directors of City Arts engaged the educational search firm Carney Sandoe & Associates to conduct a nation-wide search for our next school leader.

Many of you have met Lanette. She has served on the City Arts Board for the past two years in the roles of Academic Committee Chair and Board Secretary. She is well-versed in our school’s history, community, and plans for the future. Lanette will start her tour of duty with City Arts + Prep on May 15, 2017.

Lanette has a long career in education, with a focus on urban schools. She is leaving her position as a Senior Executive Director at the International Center for Leadership in Education where she has served for nearly five years to join City Arts. In that role she served as a strategic thought leader to over 75 school districts in their school turnaround efforts. Prior to that Lanette held positions with the School District of Philadelphia as an Assistant Director of School Reform, and with California University of Pennsylvania and Communities in Schools of Philadelphia.

Lanette has two master’s degrees; one from Drexel University and one from Temple University, and has her undergraduate degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio. Lanette and her family live just a few miles from City Arts.

We are also please to say that Andrew Kirkland, our Acting Executive Director, will be staying on this year to serve as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor to Lanette. Andrew has done an amazing job leading this school year helping us grow and advance our academic programs. Lanette and Andrew have worked together for the last two years and are eager to continue their partnership as we prepare for our 15 year Charter Renewal.

Thank you to all the parents, faculty, and staff who provided feedback on the search to Carney Sandoe & Associates and the Board.


Joyce Warner

City Arts Board Chair

Thank You, Dreyfus Foundation!

City Arts + Prep Public Charter School is honored to be the recipient of a $5,000 grant award from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.  The grant will support our Parents With a Purpose innovative model of family engagement for the 2016-2017 school year.

A strong body of research shows that students do better in school and in life when their parents are engaged in their education. The Foundation’s investment will contribute to making a major difference in the academic success of our students by strategically equipping their parents with the tools needed to serve as advocates for and co-creators of their children’s education.

If you are interested in learning more about Parents With a Purpose or making a contribution to this dynamic initiative, please visit click here or contact us at

Join Our Staff

TeacherRecruitmentFlierFINALv2 We are seeking talented, motivated faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 school year who are fueled by a passion for challenging students and ensuring that they succeed.

Join us at any of our open houses or happy hours to meet our current teachers and leaders, see student performance, and learn more about our formula for success.

February 9
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets @ 625 Monroe Street NE

February 10
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Toro Toro @ 1300 I Street NW

February 25 – Arts Expo + Open House
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
City Arts Campus @ 705 Edgewood Street NE

March 23 – Open House
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
City Arts Campus @ 705 Edgewood Street NE