DCPS Students to Adjust to Changes

Dorothy Rowley | 8/19/2013, 11:03 a.m.
Tiffany Johnson taught math and reading to students at Ronald H. Brown Middle School in Northeast, which closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Kavitha Cardoza

Students enrolled in the District of Columbia Public Schools system will return to classes on Monday, Aug. 26 to a host of changes aligned with Chancellor Kaya Henderson's mandate earlier this year to shutter 15 under-performing or underutilized schools.

Some of the schools slated for closure under the chancellor's controversial "Consolidation and Reorganization Plan" announced in January have been merged with high-performing public charter schools, and as a result of one of the most aggressive school reform agendas in the nation, many of the school system's 45,000 students will find themselves adjusting to new school environments, buildings and schedules.

"We did community meetings in every ward with every group and every parent about the proposal we put on the table [in November], and one of the resounding things that we heard from the community was 'what is the vision,'" Henderson, 43, said in an interview in late June.

She added that with the closing of neighborhood schools — many of which were in Wards 7 and 8 — the community wanted to know what to expect from a rapidly expanding charter school system.

"People knew that the boundary and feeder pattern work was kind of coming soon, and we heard the community sort of saying, 'paint us a picture of how this works together,'" Henderson said.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the public schools and charter systems "will be working in tandem in ways we've never seen before," she said.

Here's a rundown of how the system will work next week, with the following schools gaining or losing grades:

Capitol Hill Montessori 215 G Street PS-6th grade (gaining a 6th grade)

Cardozo Education Campus 1200 Clifton Street NW 6th-12th grade (gaining 6-8th grade)

Eastern High School 1700 East Capitol Street NE 9th and 10th graders, and first time 11th graders (gaining 11th)

Langley Elementary School 101 T Street NE PS-5th grade (losing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades)

McKinley Technology Education Campus 151 T Street NE 6th- 8th grade (gaining all)

School-Within-A-School 920 F Street NE PS – 2nd (gaining PS and 2nd grade)

Feeder Pattern Changes:

Barnard Elementary School Truesdell will feed Education Campus or West Education Campus

Browne Education Campus Eastern High School

Burrville Elementary School Kelly Miller Middle School

Cleveland Elementary School Cardozo Education Campus

Columbia Heights Education Campus (8th grade) Cardozo Education Campus (9th grade)

Garrison Elementary School Cardozo Education Campus

Houston Elementary School Kelly Miller Middle School

Langdon Education Campus Dunbar High School

Langley Elementary School McKinley Education Campus (6th grade)

Marie Reed Elementary School Cardozo Education Campus

McKinley Education Campus (8th grade)* Dunbar High School

Powell Elementary School Columbia Heights Education Campus

Ross Elementary School Cardozo Education Campus

School Without Walls@ Francis-Stevens (8thgrade) Cardozo Education Campus (9th grade)

Seaton Elementary School Cardozo Education Campus

Thomas Elementary School Kelly Miller Middle School

Wheatley Education Campus Dunbar High School

• 8th graders attending Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) are not guaranteed a seat in 9th grade at CHEC. CHEC (9-12th) is a citywide, specialized high school. Students interested in attending CHEC for 9-12 grade must go through the schools' admission process.