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D.C. Hebrew Charter School To Open In 2013

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This week, the District's Public Charter School Board votes to approve a Hebrew language immersion program in D.C. It's scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

Sela is the Hebrew word for rock or foundation. It's also the name of the new immersion school centered around the ancient biblical language: Sela Public Charter School.

"But I think it s important to note that the school is not religious," says Scott Pearson, the executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which oversees 53 campuses in the District. "There is no requirement that you study Judaism. It's really about learning a second language, a language that has tremendous historical and cultural importance."

Six of D.C.'s public charter schools focus on bilingual education.

"And we've seen the bilingual schools are tremendously popular with students," Pearson says. "All of our bilingual schools are oversubscribed." The school will teach students in Pre-K through Grade 5.

The charter school board also approved three other new charter schools this week: the Community College Preparatory Academy, an adult-education school to help prepare students for community college; Ingenuity Prep, an early childhood program with an extended school day; and Somerset Preparatory Academy, which is designed as a college-prep program.

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