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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
District of Columbia International School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Washington, DC. It has 1,061 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1100
45 responses
Average ACT
24
5 responses
AP Enrollment
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$82,604
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,487
National
$949
Median Home Value
$568,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Spirit Week
    50%
  • Homecoming
    25%
  • Pep rallies
    25%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,061
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
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District of Columbia International School Reviews

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As the only school in DC to offer all branches of the International Baccalaureate system, graduates from DCI will be better prepared for college and have the advantage of an IB diploma going into post-secondary education and the workforce. Not only is the faculty accepting and helpful to students and parents as they build bonds with families and are genuinely invested in their work, but countless friendships are made across grade levels which is the best place for advice and help. There are some organizational issues as the school is just five years old, but the majority of them do not affect the student body and will likely be resolved through trial-and-error. If you are considering applying as 6-8th grader I recommend it 100% but as a 9th or 10th grader I do hope you have some experience in whatever language track you are applying to because starting from scratch can be a difficult and overwhelming experience because of the rigor of the IB program. Nevertheless, we welcome you!
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I have a great experience in this school. starting from the teachers the community and how they try to keep everyone together. It is a diverse school. There are 3 languages given in the school Spanish, French and Chinese. Students choose the language they want to take. It is also a great thing from that information is given very clearly everyone has an email from the school and is communicated. Great use of technology! It is also an IB school, therefore, the class is a little bit harder than normal school but I believe it is preparing us for college!
DCI is a great school for students to really build an strong academic foundation. With the rigor of IB, there's no doubt that a student aren't gaining the learner profiles necessary to become successful in the future. I give my experience 3 stars solely due to the fact, I'm apart of the first graduating class. Though it's an honor, it came with many trials and errors. Despite the lack of high school tradition experienced, I was fortunate for the materials we did have such as chromebooks. Most assignments were done digitally. Though it was a lot to adapt to, it's something I grew used to.
Now that my time at DCI has come to the end, I do see it improving very significantly and honestly, I can't wait for the lower grades to experience it. That's another thing to note: DCI is a great community. Everyone is familiar with everyone despite the grade difference. It's just a very helpful, fun community that I'm happy I was apart of.