Parklands @THEARC

1801 Mississippi Avenue SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

(202) 526-1503

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Parklands @THEARC

AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School Parklands campus opened in 2011, expanding AppleTree’s reach to Washington DC’s Ward 8. Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, Parklands will have a new location in a beautiful brand new space at THEARC West (1801 Mississippi Ave, SE) and the campus is now called Parklands @THEARC. The campus will continue to serve 80 students in four classrooms. The classrooms’ large windows face woodlands and overlook THEARC’s farm, allowing for lots of natural light promoting a positive learning environment

Parklands @THEARC families are given opportunities to volunteer and parent workshops are offered on a regular basis. Our families are engaged in monthly events and are eager to participate in field trips and literacy nights. Parents also receive a monthly newsletter outlining pertinent information from each class and the school.

This past year, a Teaching Artist from Levine Music worked with Parklands students in the classroom and the Philips Collection partnered with Parklands. In the 2018-2019 school year, the Parklands campus will work even more closely with the Philips Collection since Philips@THEARC is located in the same building.

Here is the Parklands Parent Handbook for the 2019-2020 school year.

Visit AppleTree’s School Profile page at the Public Charter School Board to learn more about AppleTree’s Parklands campus.

Visit here for more information regarding Parklands’ School Meal Program.

Meet the Principal


Niesha Keemer came to AppleTree in March 2016 and is Principal of AppleTree’s Parklands campus. Ms. Keemer spent the past 17 years as an educator working with students in preschool through 8th grade and most recently, as the preschool through third grade Special Education Coordinator at Two Rivers Public Charter School. She also has had the privilege of working with children with Asperger’s/Autism and other language/communication challenges while also conducting monthly parent education workshops. Ms. Keemer has a Master of Education (literacy and language), a Master of Religion (pastoral counseling) and a Bachelor of Arts (psychology). She has also successfully completed New Leaders – Emerging Leaders Program. She is excited about building relationships with the staff, students and families at our Parklands campus.


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