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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
District of Columbia Public Schools is a public school district located in Washington, DC. It has 49,065 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 35% in reading.

District of Columbia Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
35%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
69%
Average SAT
1050
3,215 responses
Average ACT
25
390 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
49,065
Free or Reduced Lunch
43.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,577
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.5%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$32,249/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$120,983
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,175
National
$949
Median Home Value
$693,635
National
$184,700

District of Columbia Public Schools Reviews

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My experience in dcps would be an astronomical experience. I have had my ups and downs within the work because it can become challenging at times. Regardless of how much Iike dcps, something i would like to see change is the diversity within the sports. I believe most schools should have a decent amount of sports for everyone to participate in and continue to be active outside of school.
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Throughout middle school and high school, I have been enrolled in a district of Columbia public school. The schools have been an amazing experience. They have a lot of resources and great teachers. The teachers are very understanding and help you understand and learn a lot of new things. District of Columbia Public School does not have a lot of funding for after school activities and extracurricular activities. Furthermore, school communities are very close, everyone knows each other or knows of each other. There is a lot of school spirit and everyone is proud to be in the school that they're in. During sports games, when competing against another school, the students most likely know at least one person from the other school. DCPS students are very accepting and opened to getting to know people from different places.
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.