On Monday August 24, 113 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) opened their doors with the highest enrollment on the first day of school in the past four years. DCPS also opened four new schools, created 250 new teaching positions, hired 14 new athletic coordinators, launched a new career academy, and more.
In the 2015-16 School Year, DCPS will continue to focus on the goals set forth in A Capital Commitment to ensure that every student, in every part of the district, receives a world-class education that prepares them to succeed after school, in college, and in life. To meet these goals, DCPS schools will focus on increasing the level of rigor in classrooms through Cornerstone assignments in every grade and subject area and additional Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as expanded opportunities for our high school students through new electives, career programming, and athletics.
DCPS on the Rise
DCPS is on the rise, including student enrollment and student satisfaction.
In 2015-16, we will see another increase in enrollment and the addition of four new schools. For a fourth year in a row, DCPS enrollment has increased. DCPS is on track to meet its new goal of enrolling more than 50,000 students by 2017.
- Van Ness Elementary Schoolis opening to meet the Ward 6 community’s need for more early childhood spots in the Navy Yard The school will open this year with Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, and Kindergarten, and they will add one grade every year until fifth grade. Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, a former assistant principal, will serve as Van Ness’s first school leader.
- Dorothy I. Height Elementary Schoolis joining the DCPS family after being part of a charter network. This Ward 4 school retained its principal, Masi Preston, much of its staff, and a vast majority of its students.
- River Terrace Elementary School is opening as the result of consolidating two schools, Sharpe Health and Mamie D. Lee. Through this consolidation to the Ward 7 campus, DCPS is setting a national standard for excellence in providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities. The new facility will be state of the art, featuring a rigorous and responsive program and environment for DCPS students with multiple disabilities, including intellectual disability, medical complexity, visual or hearing impairment, and autism. Aimee Pressley, former principal of Mamie D. Lee, will serve as River Terrace’s first school leader.
- Brookland Middle School is opening to meet the Ward 5 community’s need for more middle grade options. The middle grades from Noyes, Burroughs, and Bunker Hill combined to create the new middle school, which will focus on arts integration and project-based learning. Norah Lycknell, former principal of Janney Elementary School, will serve as the school’s first school leader.
Student Satisfaction also increased again this year to 83 percent of students liking school, which is on track to meet the Capital Commitment goal of 90 percent of students by 2017. To measure this goal, DCPS surveys students in grades three through 12 each spring. Several schools saw a 20 percent increase in their student satisfaction this year, including Bannaker High School, Malcolm X Elementary School, CW Harris Elementary School, Turner Elementary School, and Brookland Educational Campus.