About Paul Public Charter School

Paul’s rooftop steeple is a neighborhood beacon, a symbol of welcome to the diverse students from across the District of Columbia who seek a program offering academic rigor in a character-building culture. Named after a pioneering DC educator, Edward Paul, and operating as a DC Public School since 1930, Paul PCS has a strong tradition of academic excellence and community involvement. Our challenge to students who enroll is this: reach beyond expectations. Regardless of background, this is where your legacy begins. Ample resources, rigorous curriculum and unwavering support build our scholars’ enlightened worldviews and their foundation to achieve without limits.

Our Founder Paul Public Charter School is the legacy of Cecile Middleton, an educational pioneer who saw in its walls, a school where students grow in both knowledge and character and are prepared to lead lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Her passion forged a home for young minds to focus on modern, diversified academics, serving the community. Each year, with a new generation of M.E.R.I.T. scholars—motivated, education, responsible, independent thinkers – leaves Paul PCS well-rounded and positioned for success.

As a trailblazer in education for decades in the city, Mrs. Middleton spent her final chapter at Paul and ensured that Paul scholars were given an opportunity to excel beyond expectations. Although she passed in 2008, Ms. Middleton left a legacy of excellence, as Paul continues to provide its scholars with an exceptional education.

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Our Vision Just like a family, we believe in creating the ideal conditions for our children to thrive. We maintain Cecile R. Middleton’s commitment to individualized education. We challenge and inspire independent thinkers in a place that’s safe from distraction and embrace our scholars with unconditional support – the Paul Way.

Our School At Paul PCS, students are provided with numerous opportunities to enhance their learning experience — socially, emotionally, and physically —all within the embrace of a caring and engaged faculty. Located on a vibrant campus in the heart of the nation’s capital, Paul PCS provides students with abundant opportunities for intellectual exploration within a diverse and supportive learning community. From dance classes with Alvin Ailey and Kennedy Center, the excitement of Paul Pirates athletic programs, cross-cultural initiatives, and international travel, when you enter Paul PCS, you begin a journey that will set you on a path towards creating a legacy that will exceed beyond your expectations.

Our Globe Paul PCS’s International Studies initiatives are designed to provide scholars with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in college and career. Scholars learn to affect positive social change locally and globally through partnership organizations like the Asia Society, Peace Thru Culture and LearnServe International. Paul International High School enriches and reinforces the development of college-ready global scholars through our Global Focused Enrichment. Paul PCS’s global electives include Dance (Ballet, Hip-Hop), African Drumming, Global Art and more. Additional opportunities include an annual senior symposium, international art performances, student-led travel presentations, and international guest speakers. Scholars also participate in state oratorical competitions and have spoken on colorism, extreme poverty, and waste. When it is safe and secure to travel with minors abroad again, the world will once again become our student’s classroom as Paul PCS scholars travel to explore history through culture, nature, environment, language, and community development. Over 60 scholars have traveled to ten or more countries, to include Japan, Paraguay, Cuba, Panama, Jamaica, Italy, England, and Zambia.


Paul Public Charter School (Paul PCS), located in Northwest Washington, DC, has a strong tradition of academic excellence and community involvement. Founded in 1930 as Paul Junior High School, Paul PCS converted to a charter middle school in 2000 to better serve its students. Paul PCS provides a college preparatory program for grades 6-12 with a focus on global awareness and engagement. The mission of Paul Public Charter School is to educate our students and to develop in them the capacity to be responsible citizens, independent thinkers, and leaders. In the 2009-2010 school year, Paul PCS began serving high school students, subsequently graduating its first senior class in June 2016, and graduates hundreds since with millions of dollars in scholarships rewarded across academic merit and athletic criteria. Paul PCS has two schools, Paul Middle School and Paul International High School, on the same campus.