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Trends in Distance to School by Where Student Lives

In addition to varying widely by grade level and enrollment category, students in some wards of the city travel farther than others. Students living in Wards 5, 7, and 8 travel farther than the city median typically, while students in Wards 3 and 6 travel the shortest median distance. Walk distances by ward have trended up slightly in Wards 1, 7, and 8 since SY13-14.

Citywide Walk Distance from Home to School by Ward, 2013-2020

Source: OSSE Audited Enrollment, SY13-14  to SY20-21

Across both sectors, students in neighborhoods with physical barriers, like highways and parks, travel the farthest to school, on average. Predictably, these distances vary by grade band and enrollment category. However, students in neighborhoods like Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Kenilworth, Colonial Village, Fairfax Village, and Hillbrook (Clusters 44, 29, 16, 35, and 30) consistently travel the farthest, and students in Shaw and Downtown (Clusters 7 and 8) consistently travel the shortest distances. Citywide, nearly 25,000 (28.5%) PK3-12 students travel 3 or more miles to school.

Walk Distance from Home to School by Neighborhood Cluster, 2013-2020

Source: OSSE Audited Enrollment, SY13-14 to SY20-21

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