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District of Columbia Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Washington, DC. It has 48,336 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 25% in reading.
1200 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5885

District of Columbia Public Schools Rankings

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Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
2,133 responses
Average ACT
291 responses
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch


Student-Teacher Ratio
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year


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Expenses Per Student
$30,944/ student
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District of Columbia Public Schools Reviews

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What I like about the District of Columbia public school system is that they have more to offer academically than some schools near. The District has unfortunately failed in assuring students safety. They demand that students come to school in drastic weather conditions even when it may not be safe for the student. The District also has better to offer academically to application public schools rather than the regular public schools. To insist that the academically poor school try to improve they renovate the schools and offer new technology but that approach is not effective. At the application school that I attended, regular public schools near by would come outside of our school to stir violence. The other schools security was not secure because groups of students would be leaving early and roaming the city. Recently, the District took the approach to enhance security and change school times for the different schools to assure there would be no encounter.
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From age 4-13 I attended The Bridges Academy Private School. At bridges, I was able to conquer a new environment with only a small amount of students. I was able to develop, discover new content and skills, excel, and brought diversity and strength in my work. I graduated from The Bridges Academy in 2014 and was accepted to Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School. I am now a junior at Thurgood and still by far, I do not regret attending the school because there you have multiple opportunities to show your strengths and ability to adjust to new subjects and after-school activities that make you stand out. At Thurgood, the goals you set for yourself, tend to be accomplished by just a small amount of time due to teachers, office hours, tutors, etc. Overall, I feel safe, confident, and proud to be a Warrior!
District of Columbia Public Schools is an Excellent place to be, and the satisfactory of results are even more rewarding. There are challenges every day. There are significant benefits in District of Columbia Public Schools, the official hours are great,
If you're in the right school, you can build a lot of great relationships, Lots of professional development available

District of Columbia Public Schools does not value people with genuine experience. DCPS hire preferably based on recommendations, whether someone is qualified or not. They are easily intimidated by individuals with much experience because they do not have the experience themselves. If you are in the wrong school, and with the wrong leadership, it will be tough. There are a lot of student issues, but the challenges are mainly with leadership. The Administrations needs to consider staff working in the school for future jobs.