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 2023, serving 6th, 7th and 8th 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 & Director of Interdisciplinary and Auxiliary Programs

Sreeparna Mitra, CA

Derek Johnson

Debborah Collins

Guy Johnson, J.D.

Monique Walker

Partner at Ernst & Young

Vice President of Marketing at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Chair to the MD DEM Latino Diversity Leadership Council

Senior Program Director, Federal and National Networks P-12 at The Opportunity Institute 

CEO at the National Association of American African Dance Teachers (NAAADT) 

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


Community Partners


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 2023-2024 for Charles County students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and is tuition-free for all students.

The Open Enrollment Period has ended for the 2023-2024 school year, but our applications are still open.

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