As a tuition-free public charter school,

Phoenix International School of the Arts (PISOTA) will operate in partnership with Charles County Public Schools to offer students an arts- and international-focused school. Our innovative, whole-child approach prepares young people for leadership in a global and creative world.

We are a tuition-free public school, serving middle school students. We are open to all students in Charles County, Maryland, including students with disabilities and multilingual learners. We welcome all.

We open in Fall 2022, serving 6th and 7th grade students in Charles County, Maryland. 

At PISOTA, students will be steeped in our arts curriculum and get access to arts learning in dance, music, acting, visual arts, or museum studies, every day. We also bring an international perspective to everything we teach. 

We believe that when students understand the many perspectives impacting our world, they are better positioned to tackle complex problems and design innovative solutions to improve our world.

Students will receive arts education, every day.


Angelica Jackson, M.S.Ed.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Rickkay King, M.A.

Co-Founder and Associate Head of School

Natasha O’Dell Archer, J.D.

 Board Chair, PISOTA and SVP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at GOLIN

Winsome Waite, Ph.D

Principal at W. P. Education Services and Senior Fellow at The Opportunity Institute

Kenneth Brown, Ph.D.

Education Leader at DCPS


The PISOTA team is so thrilled to welcome interested founding families to our learning community! Phoenix International School of the Arts will open in School Year 2022-2023 for Charles County students entering 6th and 7th grade, and is tuition-free for all students. 

The school enrollment window is now open. Apply today!

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