WE’RE APPROVED!

May 20th, 2019 Statement from Executive Director Justin Lessek:

The founding team of The Sojourner Truth School is honored and humbled by the D.C. Public Charter School Board’s approval of our charter application. We are excited to open in August of 2020 as the District’s first public Montessori middle and high school.  Truth seeks to provide high-demand continuity for current Montessori students, and be an excellent option for ALL students across D.C., regardless of Montessori background.  Students at Truth will have a truly personalized experience that prioritizes deep learning, social-emotional growth, and the habits of success necessary to be independent, confident, and resourceful adults.  In the coming year, the founding team at Truth will focus on community engagement and consider city-wide priorities and concerns as we prepare to welcome students. Truth aims to become a nationwide model for public secondary Montessori, and a place for students of all backgrounds and from all parts of the city to thrive!

News and Updates - including info sessions

Thank you to all who joined us for recent parent info sessions! More info sessions are being scheduled - please click on the button below to request or arrange a session:

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Thank you to all who joined us for the recent D.C. Public Charter School Board public hearings! It has been wonderful to have so many Truth supporters with us to help demonstrate the need and demand for DC’s first public Montessori middle and high school!

You can view Truth’s Public Hearing testimony by clicking on the button below. The public comment in support of Truth begins at 1:01:39 and the leadership team is called up at 1:59:00.

Our official charter application was approved by the D.C. Public Charter School Board on May 20th, 2019. Please click a link below to view the application in its entirety (a very large file!) or by chapter:

  • The Sojourner Truth School full application (weblink only)

  • Truth’s application Introduction and Executive Summary (download) (weblink)

  • Truth’s application Chapters A-D (download) (weblink)

  • Truth’s application Chapter A: Establishing the Need (download) (weblink)

  • Truth’s application Chapter B: Education Plan (download) (weblink)

  • Truth’s application Chapter C: Management Plan (download) (weblink)

  • Truth’s application Chapter D: Finance Plan (download) (weblink)

  • Truth’s application Appendix: works cited, curriculum samples, team member documents, letters of support, and more (weblink only)

For an introduction to our founding leadership team and Board of Directors, check out the “Our Team” page here!

Useful links:

The founding Academic Design Team and Parent Design Team meet on a regular basis. Meetings are open to all interested stakeholders, and upcoming sessions are listed below. Please reach out directly by clicking on the red button at the bottom of the page if you’d like to contact us to find out more about how YOU can play an influential role in the design of The Sojourner Truth School!

Upcoming meetings:

  • ACADEMIC DESIGN TEAM: This team meets every other Wednesday, with a focus on curriculum design and instructional approach.

  • PARENT DESIGN TEAM: This team meets every other Thursday, with a focus on school policies, culture, and climate.

To express interest in joining one of the design teams or to schedule an open house info session, please click the red button at the bottom of the page.


Please continue to visit for regular updates regarding where we are in our planning process and our timeline for opening.  If you have any questions or if you are interested in more information, please click on the "CONTACT" button and submit a contact request.  We look forward to hearing from you!