Original School Ward or School Type Proposal Final Plan Rationale for change/programmatic improvements
Shaw Middle School Ward 1 Close and consolidate into Cardozo. Cardozo would serve grades 6-12. No change Consolidating Shaw MS into Cardozo HS allows students to access robust secondary school programming and a newly modernized state-of-the-art building. DCPS will work with the Shaw MS community and its feeder schools at the elementary and high school ends to ensure that a high-quality future for Shaw MS’s program, location, and facility is more fully defined. We know from successful 6–12 programs all across the world that we can design the school to minimize some of the safety concerns raised by the community.
Francis Stevens Education Campus Ward 2 Close and consolidate into Marie Reed and Hardy. Merge with School Without Walls (SWW) to serve PS–12. Francis Stevens (FS) EC is under-enrolled and under-utilizing its building. However, DCPS has little school capacity in Ward 2 and must retain this building to be prepared to respond to future child population growth in this part of the city. Merging FS with SWW enables SWW to expand its grades and manage a neighborhood/boundary education campus at the FS building. Current FS students would automatically be enrolled in the school for next year. This supports the city’s goal to increase the number of high-quality public school seats. Providing SWW with another building will also allow it to maximize all available space to expand the number of high school seats.
Garrison Elementary School Ward 2 Close and consolidate into Seaton. Keep open. New data from the DC Office of Planning indicate that the neighborhood clusters that include Garrison ES and Seaton ES are both projected to grow more quickly and substantially than initial reports. Due to the new data, the commitment made by the school to capture these families, and the concern that there is not ample space to consolidate at Seaton, Garrison will remain open. To maximize the space and capture new students, DCPS will open new early childhood and special education classrooms at Garrison ES.
MacFarland Middle School Ward 4 Close and consolidate into Roosevelt, making it 6-12. Close and consolidate with nearby PK–8 schools. Students from MacFarland MS will transition to their in-boundary education campus school of right or to Raymond EC instead of consolidating with Roosevelt HS. Powell ES students will feed to Columbia Heights EC, and Barnard ES students will feed to West EC or Truesdell EC. Self-contained special education classrooms will move to Takoma EC and LaSalle-Backus EC.
Marshall Elementary School Ward 5 Close and consolidate into Langdon, with transportation. No change There are too few elementary-age students living in the Marshall ES boundary to sustain a school. DCPS recognizes that there are thoroughfares that could pose problems for students to reach Langdon EC. DCPS is committed to provide transportation to students from Marshall ES to Langdon EC. Additionally, we will retain the Marshall ES building in the inventory should we need to re-open it.
Spingarn High School Ward 5 Close and reassign to neighborhood high schools. No change For several years, the community has voiced an interest in expanding the vocational programming at DCPS. We plan to leverage the Spingarn HS site to establish a career and technical education hub for secondary school students with a strong focus on transportation careers. We acknowledge the unique circumstances and needs that the Spingarn HS students have when considering a transition to another school and will work closely with this community to ensure proper placement of students in DCPS high schools.
Davis Elementary School Ward 7 Close and consolidate into CW Harris. Close and consolidate into Plummer, with transportation. Davis ES is a low-enrolled school in close proximity to a number of other low-enrollment schools, largely because of child population decline. The original recommendation to consolidate with CW Harris ES has been changed to respond to family concerns related to access to CW Harris ES. Instead, the Davis ES students will be consolidated with Plummer ES, a higher-performing school, since Smothers ES will remain open. DCPS is committed to provide transportation to students from Davis ES to Plummer ES.
Kenilworth Elementary School Ward 7 Close and consolidate into Houston, with transportation. Close and consolidate into Thomas and Houston, with transportation to Thomas, if necessary. The low numbers of school-age population continue to be the driving factor behind the plan to consolidate the school. The two biggest concerns voiced by the community were the impact of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) and the interest in going to Thomas ES. We met with the DCPNI team and have agreed to work together to ensure that we leverage the site to support the redevelopment goals of this community, including a recreation center through the Department of Recreation. DCPS is committed to provide transportation to students from Kenilworth ES to Thomas ES. We plan to retain the building in our inventory so that when the there is sufficient demand we can reopen the school.
Ron Brown Middle School Ward 7 Close and consolidate into Kelly Miller No change Ron Brown MS students and rising 6th graders from Ron Brown MS feeder schools will be assigned to Kelly Miller MS. The nine self-contained special education classrooms will be relocated to Johnson MS, Hart MS, Jefferson MS, and Whittier EC. The Office of Special Education will provide individual case management services to ensure proper placement of the special education students.
Smothers Elementary School Ward 7 Close and consolidate into Aiton and Plummer. Keep open. While Smothers ES enrollment falls below 350, the school has seen steady enrollment growth over the last few years. Unlike the other schools in the proposal, Smothers ES has a healthy utilization rate. DCPS will keep Smothers ES open, support it with its potential for growth, and encourage the continued community support and commitment to high-quality education.
Winston Education Campus Ward 7 Close and consolidate into Stanton and Kramer. Close and consolidate into Stanton, Kramer, and Johnson. Winston EC is part of a feeder pattern of schools with high excess capacity, and the facility is very poorly designed and very oversized for the enrollment. Stanton ES is showing excellent gains, and Kramer MS is part of an innovative reform initiative to fully integrate technology and instruction. Students will also be given the opportunity to attend Johnson MS, given its proximity to Winston EC.
Ferebee-Hope Elementary School Ward 8 Close and consolidate into Hendley. No change We continue to have excess building capacity in this area. Consolidating Ferebee-Hope ES with Hendley ES will help ensure that these students have access to robust programming. The recreation center will remain open and will continue to serve the community. We also look forward to working with the DC Housing Authority in its efforts to better serve neighborhood families — exploring ways they can use the building, along with DPR, to maintain the site as a community hub.
Johnson Middle School Ward 8 Close and consolidate into Hart. Keep open. The safety concerns that could undermine our goal to offer a better program and environment for our students compelled us to keep Johnson open. Although Johnson MS has low enrollment, DCPS will work with the school community to identify ways to grow the enrollment, strengthen the program, and increase utilization of the space.
Malcolm X Elementary School Ward 8 Close and consolidate into Turner. Keep open. DCPS will pilot an innovative partnership at Malcolm X ES with a high-performing charter school serving Ward 8 students. Through this merger, DCPS will expand the number of high- quality seats in Ward 8, while ensuring the right to attend a neighborhood school.
MC Terrell Elementary School Ward 8 Close and consolidate into ML King. No change Families expressed concern about walkability from Terrell ES to King ES. King ES is less than a half of a mile from Terrell ES with no major streets to cross that would pose safety concerns. DCPS will work closely with the community and our agency partners to identify safe passages for families. The Parent Resource Center will also close, due to the low participation rate by families. The Office of Family and Public Engagement will work to ensure that opportunities for meaningful parent engagement continue at King ES and other nearby schools.
Choice at Hamilton Special education and alternative education Relocate to Cardozo. Relocate to Emery. With Cardozo HS moving into its newly modernized facility and expanding to serve the Shaw MS students, DCPS is concerned about co-locating another program in the building. Relocating the program to Emery, currently used as training space, will also maximize use of that building.
Mamie D. Lee Special education and alternative education Relocate to River Terrace in August 2014. No change In an effort to serve students closer to home and increase efficiencies, through better utilizing our space and decreasing our transportation costs, DCPS will work with the Sharpe Health and Mamie D. Lee communities over the next 18 months to engage in the facility modernization and program planning process for River Terrace.
Sharpe Health Special education and alternative education Relocate to River Terrace in August 2014. No change In an effort to serve students closer to home and increase efficiencies, through better utilizing our space and decreasing our transportation costs, DCPS will work with the Sharpe Health and Mamie D. Lee communities over the next 18 months to engage in the facility modernization and program planning process for River Terrace.
Prospect Learning Center Special education and alternative education Close and reassign to neighborhood high schools. No change DCPS believes it is necessary to assign the students from Prospect LC to newly developed self-contained learning disabilities classrooms at Garrison ES, Jefferson Academy MS, and Eastern HS. The Office of Special Education will provide individual case management services to ensure the proper placement of each and every student.
Spingarn STAY Special education and alternative education Close and reassign to other STAY programs. No change Both Ballou STAY and Roosevelt STAY programs are poised to serve the additional students coming from Spingarn STAY. DCPS is also exploring the option to expand our partnership with UDC Community College to serve additional adult students.