|District of Columbia Public Schools|
|1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002|
|Chancellor||Dr. Lewis Ferebee|
|Schools||111 (2014–2015 academic year)|
|Students and staff|
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the local public school system for the District of Columbia, in the United States. DCPS should not be confused with the independently governed District of Columbia Public Charter Schools (DCPCS), which also operates in the District of Columbia.
Composition and enrollment
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) consists of 111 of the 238 public elementary and secondary schools and learning centers located in Washington, D.C. These schools have a grade span of prekindergarten to twelfth grade and, as of 2000, a kindergarten entrance age of 5 years old. School is compulsory for DCPS students between the ages of 5 and 18. DCPS schools typically start the last Monday in August. The school day is generally approximately six hours.
The ethnic breakdown of students enrolled in 2014 was 67% Black, 17% Hispanic (of any race), 12% non-Hispanic White, and 4% of other races. As of 2014, the District itself has a population that is 44% White (includes White Hispanics), 49% Black and 10% Hispanic (of any race). Gentrification and demographic changes in many DC neighborhoods has increased the White and Hispanic populations in the city, while reducing the Black population. In 2008, DCPS was 84.4% Black, 9.4% Hispanic (of any race), 4.6% non-Hispanic White, and 1.6% of other races.
Facilities reform legislation in DC has led to many school openings and closings. The most recent closure announcement is that River Terrace Elementary School and Shaed Education Campus are shutting their doors at the end of the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 school years, respectively. Students attending River Terrace Elementary School will transition with Emery Education Campus to the Langley Building. In 2019, a proposal was submitted to close Metropolitan High School, an alternative school. In addition, the Montessori program is expanding into the Montessori School (PS-5th grade). A part of this will be the Jefferson 6th Grade Academy, which will only house 6th grade students. As of the 2009–2010 school year, there was a total enrollment of 43,866 students and 4,017 classroom teachers. The current student to teacher ratio is 10.92, an improvement from the 2006–07 ratio of 13.5. However, student enrollment was at a peak of 72,850 students with a much larger staff totaling 12,000. The reason for this sudden enrollment drop in DCPS is that the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007 separated District of Columbia Public Charter Schools (DCPCS) from District of Columbia Public Schools.
The District of Columbia passed charter school legislation in 1996, which went into effect in September 1999. The legislation gave the District the power to grant charters for 15 years. Although this is longer than the traditional 3–5 year term observed in 31 other states, a required review takes place every 5 years. 4.4% of public school students enrolled in a charter school for the 1999 academic school year; the 28 schools had a total enrollment of approx. 3,000 students. After legislation was enacted in 2007, chartering authority was placed under the D.C. Public Charter School Board and disaffiliated from DCPS. The governance of DCPS was also restructured, and the district was placed under the control of the Mayor. In 2010 about 38% of Washington, D.C. public school students attended 60 charter schools. There are 52 public charter schools in the District, with 93 campuses and 30,000 students. The total number of public charter schools has been reduced from 60 schools on 96 campuses in 2008–09 to 53 schools on 98 campuses as of the 2011–12 school year. However, the addition of grades to the charter schools are still increasing enrollment and decreasing from DCPS’ numbers.
In 2009, 43% of all DCPS public school students were overweight or obese. This was one of the highest rates in the United States.
In the graduating class of spring 2008, the average freshman graduation rate for DCPS was 56%‚ compared with a national average of 74.9%. This constituted a large drop from the freshman graduation rate of 68.4% in 2002 and 68.8% as recently as 2005. In just the 2008–09 school year alone, 1,075 black students dropped out of high school. This figure raises concern since there were 1,246 students that dropped out of DCPS schools that year. However, these numbers are not meant to be misleading; the 62.8% freshman graduation rate of black students in 2008 was above the state average.
Within DCPS, schools are classified as either a "neighborhood school" or a "destination school." Neighborhood schools are elementary or secondary schools assigned to students based on his or her address. Destination schools are feeder-schools for elementary or secondary institutions from a school a student is already attending. Since the fall of 2009, students may choose a destination school, regardless of their neighborhood location. Locations of all of the schools and the neighborhood divides can be found on the DCPS website.
For the school year ending in spring 2007, the DCPS was governed by the District of Columbia State Board of Education, with eleven members, including two students who had the right to debate but not to vote. Five members were elected and four were appointed by the Mayor. The Board established DCPS policies and employed a superintendent to serve as chief executive officer of the school district, responsible for day-to-day operations. Four Board members represented specific geographical boundaries and the Board President was elected at large. One condition of the District of Columbia Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007 was the creation of DCPS as a separate cabinet-level agency from the D.C. Board of Education. This moved DCPS within the executive branch of the District of Columbia government—specifically, under Mayoral control. Currently, this means that DCPS is subordinate to District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty proposed putting the public schools under the direct control of the Mayor's Office upon taking office in January 2007. However, this reform to District of Columbia Public Schools was encouraged by his predecessor and constituents at large. It also placed all of the District of Columbia public charter schools under the care of a new board—District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB). Although these schools were previously a part of DCPS, they are now considered to be a separate district controlled by the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB).
The D.C. Council passed the Mayor's proposal into law but since the change amended the Home Rule Act, the change needed to gain Federal approval before taking effect. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced H.R. 2080, a bill to amend the D.C. Home Rule Charter Act to provide for the Mayor's proposal. H.R. 2080 was passed by the United States House of Representatives under an expedited procedure on May 8, 2007 by a voice vote. After three U.S. Senators (Ben Cardin of Maryland, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Carl Levin of Michigan) initially placed "holds" on the bill to prevent its consideration in the United States Senate, the Senate agreed to pass H.R. 2080 without amendment on May 22, 2007 by unanimous consent. On May 31, 2007, the bill was presented to the President and President Bush signed H.R. 2080 into law on June 1, 2007. After the standard Congressional review period expired on June 12, 2007, the Mayor's office had direct control of the Superintendent and the school budget. On June 12, Mayor Fenty appointed Michelle Rhee the new Chancellor, replacing Superintendent Clifford B. Janey.
D.C. School Choice Incentive Act of 2003
In January 2004, Congress passed the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act of 2003. The law established a federally-funded private school voucher program known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The OSP distributes vouchers to low-income families to cover private school tuition. Because there are more eligible applicants than available vouchers, they are distributed by lottery. In 2010, a randomized controlled trial conducted under the auspices of the Department of Education examined the impacts of the OSP students, finding that it raised graduation rates. Students who were offered vouchers had a graduation rate of 82%, while those who actually used their vouchers had a graduation rate of 91%. By comparison, the rate for students who did not receive vouchers was only 70%. The study received the Department of Education's highest rating for scientific rigor. Over 90% of the study's participants were African American, and most of the remainder were Latino American. Further research found that students who received vouchers were 25% more likely to enroll in college than students with similar demographic characteristics who did not receive vouchers.
D.C. Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007
The Council of the District of Columbia enacted the DC Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007. This act established a DC public school agency based on authority given to the council in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973. The Department of Education that was established under the Mayor triggered several changes. The largest was already discussed—DCPCS gained sole authority over chartering and charted schools, DCPS became subordinate to the Mayor's office. Secondly, many smaller authoritative changes took place. The first is that the State Education Office (SEO) became the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The four subsections of the District were reaffirmed through location-based State Board of Education selectees. In addition, the smaller eight school election wards were reaffirmed. Finally, the commission was established through this legislature. The "Commission" is the Interagency Collaboration and Services Integration Commission, which includes the Mayor, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, Chief Judge of the DC Superior Family Court, Superintendent of Education, Chancellor of DCPS, Chair of DCPCSB and fourteen others. After the 2007–2008 school year, about one-fifth of the teachers and one-third of the principals resigned, retired, or were terminated from DCPS. A very strong negative impact was initially experienced by DCPS due to the loss. A GAO-conducted study recommended that the Mayor direct DCPS to establish planning processes for strikes and look to performance reviews from central offices to strengthen accountability. These recommendations were followed and accountability has increased through academic and financial report generation. Increased accountability made way for other small reforms. One example is the implementation of a requirement that students entering 9th grade are now required to sit down with a school counselor and construct a course-plan to reach graduation.
No Child Left Behind compliance
In accordance with Section 1116, a provision of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), entitled "Academic Assessment and Local Education Agency and School Improvement", the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) of the District of Columbia oversees compliance with Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). A large portion of meeting AYP is based on standardized-tests performance; the District used the summative assessment called the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System ("DC CAS") through the 2013–2014 school year, after which it switched to tools from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC).
Many schools are failing to meet AYP, even though DCPS educators offer support and tools to students to be academically successful. DCPS has created an evaluation tool to assess schools by more than their standardized test scores. They call this a Quality School Review, which uses the Effective Schools Framework to assess schools through rubrics on topics such as classroom observations, interviews with parents, students, teachers, and school leadership, staff surveys and reviewing artifacts (i.e. handbooks, student work). In 2007, Karin Hess of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment conducted an analysis that has also gone into the alignment of DCPS standards and the "DC CAS Alt", the assessment for students with cognitive disabilities.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, DCPS had a budget of $1.2 billion and spent $29,409 per pupil in FY 2009–10.
In 1989–90, DCPS reported that it had spent $10,200 (1999 adj. dollars) per pupil and a decade later, in 1999–2000, its reported per pupil expenditures had increased to $11,500. However, those figures likely underreport DCPS's actual total per pupil expenditures. In 2012, the Cato Institute's Andrew J. Coulson showed that DCPS's reported per pupil expenditures figures were based on incomplete data. That year, the U.S. Census Bureau had reported that DCPS's 2008–09 per pupil expenditures were $18,181, but DCPS officials had neglected to include about $400 million in spending. Informed by Coulson's observations, the U.S. Census Bureau revised its data collection methods and reported that per pupil expenditures were $28,170. Those revisions are reflected in the Bureau's 2009–10 reports.
In FY 2009–2010, the District received 6.7% of its total revenues for elementary and secondary education from federal sources.
In 2008, in terms of testing 36% of students demonstrated proficiency in mathematics and 39% demonstrated proficiency in reading.
The average educator was paid $67,000 in 2010. A contract signed in 2010 was expected to raise that figure to $81,000 in 2012.
Schools and locations
All DCPS schools are located in the District of Columbia.
Many of the District's public schools are undergoing evolving relationships with the central office as they seek to compete for students leaving the system for charter schools. According to school choice researcher Erin Dillon, "In its winning application for federal Race to the Top funds, DCPS, for example, touted its three models for autonomous schools: The aptly named 'Autonomous Schools,' which are granted autonomy as a reward for high performance; 'Partnership Schools,' which are run by outside organizations that are granted autonomy in the hope of dramatically improving performance; and the 'D.C. Collaborative for Change,' or DC3, a joint effort of some of the District’s highest- and lowest-performing schools that have been granted autonomy as a tool for innovating with curriculum and professional development. (Meanwhile, highly autonomous charter schools, a growing presence in the District of Columbia, educate almost 40 percent of the city’s public school students.)"
Traditional high schools
|School name||Students*||Low grade||High grade|
|Anacostia High School||449||9th||12th|
|Ballou High School||930||9th||12th|
|Calvin Coolidge High School||346||9th||12th|
|Dunbar High School||584||9th||12th|
|Eastern High School||818||9th||12th|
|H.D. Woodson Senior High School||634||9th||12th|
|Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School||668||9th||12th|
|Woodrow Wilson High School||1,750||9th||12th|
Selective high schools
|School name||Students*||Low grade||High grade|
|Benjamin Banneker Academic High School||482||9th||12th|
|Bell Multicultural High School (CHEC)||288||9th||12th|
|Duke Ellington School of the Arts||537||9th||12th|
|McKinley Technology High School||619||9th||12th|
|Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School||328||9th||12th|
|School Without Walls High School||585||9th||12th|
|School name||Students*||Low grade||High grade|
|Alice Deal Middle School||1477||6th||8th|
|Brookland Middle School||254||6th||8th|
|Eliot-Hine Middle School||200||6th||8th|
|Hardy Middle School||374||6th||8th|
|Hart Middle School||349||6th||8th|
|Jefferson Middle School Academy||305||6th||8th|
|John Hayden Johnson Middle School||252||6th||8th|
|Kelly Miller Middle School||449||6th||8th|
|Kramer Middle School||193||6th||8th|
|MacFarland Middle School||72||6th||7th|
|McKinley Middle School||213||6th||8th|
|Sousa Middle School||255||6th||8th|
|Stuart-Hobson Middle School||441||6th||8th|
|Ida B. Wells Middle School||255||6th||[a]|
- Ida B. Wells Middle School opened in August 2019 with a sixth-grade class. It will add one grade each school year until it has sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students.
|School name||Students*||Low grade||High grade|
|Aiton Elementary School||244||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Amidon-Bowen Elementary School||339||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Bancroft Elementary School||567||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Barnard Elementary School||620||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Beers Elementary School||489||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Brent Elementary School||432||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Bruce-Monroe Elementary School||451||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Bunker Hill Elementary School||221||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Burroughs Elementary School||273||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Burrville Elementary School||295||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Cleveland Elementary School||304||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|C.W. Harris Elementary School||232||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Dorothy L. Height Elementary School||480||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Drew Elementary School||236||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|John Eaton Elementary School||474||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Garfield Elementary School||291||Prekindergarten (3)||5th<|
|Garrison Elementary School||277||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|H.D. Cooke Elementary School||387||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Hearst Elementary School||331||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Hendley Elementary School||366||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Houston Elementary School||277||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Hyde-Addison Elementary School||352||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Janney Elementary School||739||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|J.O. Wilson Elementary School||477||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Ketcham Elementary School||300||Prekindergarten (3)||6th|
|Key Elementary School||399||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Kimball Elementary School||343||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|King Elementary School||295||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Lafayette Elementary School||887||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Langdon Elementary School||353||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Langley Elementary School||290||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Lawrence E. Boone Elementary School||430||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Ludlow-Taylor Elementary||439||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Malcolm X Elementary School||242||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Mann Elementary School||397||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Marie Reed Elementary School||437||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Maury Elementary School||407||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Miner Elementary School||361||Prekindergarten (3)||6th|
|Moten Elementary School||323||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Murch Elementary School||601||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Nalle Elementary School||370||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Noyes Elementary School||224||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Oyster Adams Bilingual School||706||Prekindergarten (4)||8th<|
|Patterson Elementary School||386||Prekindergarten (3)||5th<|
|Payne Elementary School||346||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Peabody Elementary School||226||Prekindergarten (3)||Kindergarten|
|Plummer Elementary School||331||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Powell Elementary School||535||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Randle Highlands Elementary||329||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Ross Elementary School||190||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Savoy Elementary School||271||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Seaton Elementary School||390||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Shepherd Elementary School||379||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Simon Elementary School||241||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Smothers Elementary School||249||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Stanton Elementary School||473||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Stoddert Elementary School||463||Prekindergarten (4)||5th|
|Thomas Elementary School||355||Prekindergarten (3)||5th<|
|Thomson Elementary School||331||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Tubman Elementary School||548||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Turner Elementary School||497||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Tyler Elementary School||512||Prekindergarten (3)||5th|
|Van Ness Elementary School||270||Prekindergarten (3)||4th|
|Watkins Elementary School||444||1st||5th|
|School name||Students*||Low grade||High grade|
|Brightwood Education Campus||755||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Browne Education Campus||309||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Cardozo Education Campus||797||6th||12th|
|Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC)||1,336||6th||12th|
|LaSalle-Backus Education Campus||369||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Leckie Education Campus||553||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|McKinley Education Campus||1154||Prekindergarten (3)||12th|
|Raymond Education Campus||613||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens||471||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Takoma Education Campus||468||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Truesdell Education Campus||679||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Walker-Jones Education Campus||451||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|West Education Campus||315||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Wheatley Education Campus||321||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
|Whittier Education Campus||341||Prekindergarten (3)||8th|
Alternative and citywide schools
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|School name||Students||Low grade||High grade||Type|
|Capitol Hill Montessori School||361||Prekindergarten (3)||8th||Citywide|
|CHOICE Academy||5||6th||12th||Long-term suspended or expelled students|
|Dorothy I. Height Elementary School||518||Prekindergarten (3)||5th||Citywide|
|Inspiring Youth Program||48||9th||12th||Incarcerated students|
|Luke C. Moore High School||266||9th||12th||Students who have dropped out of school|
|River Terrace Education Campus||131||3rd||Adult||Special Education|
|Ron Brown College Preparatory High School||105||9th||10th||Citywide|
|Washington Metropolitan High School||125||8th||12th||Alternative|
|Youth Services Center||88||7th||12th||Students charged with crimes|
Below is a partial list of superintendents and chancellors of the D.C. Public School system. The head of the school system was known as "Superintendent" until 2007. After June 2007, it was known as "Chancellor".
|Leader||In office||Unconfirmed status||Sources|
|Hugh J. Scott||September 1, 1970 – June 29, 1973|||
|Floretta D. McKenzie||June 29, 1973 – August 7, 1973 (acting)|||
|Barbara A. Sizemore||August 8, 1973 – October 9, 1975|||
|Vincent E. Reed||March 18, 1976 – December 31, 1980||October 9, 1975 – March 17, 1976 (acting)|||
|James Guinness||January 3, 1981 – June 17, 1981 (acting)|||
|Floretta D. McKenzie||July 1, 1981 – February 8, 1988|||
|Andrew E. Jenkins||May 25, 1988 – May 15, 1991||February 9, 1988 – May 24, 1988 (acting)|||
|Franklin L. Smith||May 15, 1991 – November 4, 1996|||
|Julius W. Becton, Jr.||November 5, 1996 – March 26, 1998|||
|Arlene Ackerman||March 27, 1998 – July 17, 2000|||
|Paul L. Vance||July 18, 2000 – November 14, 2003|||
|Elfreda W. Massie||November 19, 2003 – April 21, 2004 (acting)|||
|Robert C. Rice||April 22, 2004 – September 14, 2004 (acting)|||
|Clifford P. Janey||September 15, 2004 – June 12, 2007|||
|Michelle Rhee||July 10, 2007 – October 30, 2010||June 12, 2007 – July 9, 2007 (acting)|||
|Kaya Henderson||June 22, 2011 – September 30, 2016||November 1, 2010 – June 21, 2011 (interim)|||
|John Davis||October 1, 2016 to February 1, 2017 (interim)|||
|Antwan Wilson||February 1, 2017 – February 20, 2018|||
|Amanda Alexander||February 20, 2018 – December 3, 2018 (interim)|||
|Lewis Ferebee||March 5, 2019 – present||December 3, 2018 – March 4, 2019 (acting)|||
In 2018, it was revealed by WAMU and NPR that progress achieved by the school district in relation to graduation rates the year prior had been inflated by high schools who granted diplomas to students who should have failed according to city law. According to The Washington Post, only 46 percent of the school district's public school students were on track to graduate in 2018 after the school system began to adhere to stricter attendance policies.
- List of parochial and private schools in Washington, D.C.
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