We are an innovative and creative school for grades 6/7th-12th. Our curricula is grounded in the concepts of peace, justice, diversity and sustainability, with a focus on the visual and performing arts.  We are excited to be educational partners with the Global Village School, an accredited online school. Our full day academic curricula provides  individualized learning plans based on the whole child,  and includes year long classes in art, dance, drama and music.


Similar to a college schedule, our full time program offers curricula on a 12-month calendar with substantial breaks between sessions. Students  are given the opportunity to move through course work at their own pace through self directed, computer mediated, and/or instructor led classes. Our academic year begins in September and operates in 8 week sessions, offering 5 sessions per year and 4 week summer sessions.


Charis Center also welcomes home school students to enroll part time with a single class or  series of classes during any session, including summer. Multiple class discounts are applied after the first 2 class registrations taken during the same session.

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It is the MISSION of the Charis Center  to provide a safe learning space where students in grades 6/7th-12th can engage in core academic subjects through an integrated arts curriculum grounded in peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability.


  • Dedicated to assisting every student in reaching his or her full potential in both performance and reward.

  • Committed to diversity, equal opportunity and fair treatment. 

  • Committed to an organizational structure and culture that promotes student involvement, open communication, teamwork and cooperation.

The VISON of the Charis Center  is to provide a high quality venue for an alternative academic program that is open to all learning styles and to experience the visual and performing arts  .


Virtual Learning

Virtual Instruction is an exciting new feature that we are now offering to our families. You have the options of enrolling in a hybrid model or a completely virtual model. In the hybrid model some courses are delivered online and some in our studio. In the virtual model, all the instruction is delivered online. This option also includes video chats and group discussions (in classes with 2 or more students). We currently offer all core courses for grades 7-12, music history, art history, peace studies, and Spanish 1 & 2. We can maintain transcripts or simply provide grade reports and certificates of completion. 


Drama Club: Open to Ms and HS students interested in any aspect of theatre production. Students experience "the roar of greasepaint the  smell of the crowds" when they work to mount a play of musical. Some productions are performed in various venues throughout the area. 


  1. To engage productivity in the collaborative process.

  2. To build intellectual and aesthetic understanding of the craft and technique of theatre arts.

  3. To develop an appreciation of and respect for the various roles/aspects inherent within the theatrical process.

  4. To explore the diversity of theatre and its intersection with community, culture and society.

  5. To produce diverse productions that challenge students and engage the community.

Debate/Forensics Club: These two  classes often go hand-in-hand but are two very different activities. Debate involves creating a specific speech and a plan — an affirmative side and a negative side — whereas forensics is more like a track and field event. There is acting and speaking, partner events and singular events.


Students will communicate ethically, responsibly, and effectively as local, national, international, and global citizens and leaders.

Students will communicate competently in groups and organizations.

Students will possess skills to effectively deliver formal and informal oral presentations to a variety of audiences in multiple contexts.

Students will construct effective written messages in various formats and styles, to a variety of audiences.

TeenCityScapes: This program is for teens (13-18) interested in learning to navigate the DC area on their own.  Small groups of students (6-8) plan a learning excursion in and around the area. The excursions have a stated purpose, goals and objectives, and are planned through collaboration with the whole group. 


students will demonstrate collaboration skills

Students demonstrate navigation skills 

Students will learn how to write for a blog

Students will learn to use a smart phone for pictures and videos

Charis Center      301-789-1027     admin@charis.center


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