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Number of Public School Facilities

This chapter focuses on the number of facilities or buildings that DCPS and public charter schools operate. Some facilities house more than one school and some schools are dispersed across multiple facilities. Colocated facilities are those that house two different local education agencies or LEAs (either two different public charter LEAs or DCPS and a public charter LEA). When filtering by sector, the count of colocated facilities are those that have at least one public charter school (when filtering for public charter) or facilities that include a DCPS school and a public charter school (when filtering for DCPS). In SY21-22, there were 223 public school facilities in Washington, DC, an increase from the 197 facilities in SY13-14.

Number of Public School Facilities, SY13-14 to SY21-22

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Users can now select four different geographies - Comprehensive Plan planning areas, wards (2022 and 2012 boundaries), and neighborhood cluster - to view where public school facilities are located. By planning area, public school facilities were concentrated in the Far Southeast and Southwest area, the Upper Northeast area, the Far Northeast and Southeast area, and the Rock Creek East area. By neighborhood cluster, Congress Heights (Cluster 39) and Crestwood and Petworth (Cluster 18) were home to the most public school facilities, with 18 and 15 located in each cluster, respectively. DCPS facilities are concentrated in Crestwood and Petworth (Cluster 18), Union Station and Stanton Park (Cluster 25), Congress Heights (Cluster 39), and Deanwood (Cluster 31), and public charter school facilities were concentrated in Edgewood and Bloomingdale (Cluster 21) and Congress Heights (Cluster 39).

Number of Public School Facilities by Varying Geographies, SY13-14 to SY21-22

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The state-level accountability system, the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework, is designed to provide schools with multiple pathways to demonstrate their performance and success. Depending on the specific grade configuration of a school, the STAR framework includes a list of metrics representing academic performance, academic growth, school environment, English language proficiency, graduation rates (for high schools and alternative schools), and educational progress (for alternative schools). Each school is provided an overall star rating, with one STAR being the lowest and five the highest.

In SY18-19, most public school facilities had schools with a 4 STAR rating, followed by facilities with 3 and 2 STAR rated schools. Data are as recent only as of SY18-19, as the STAR rating was suspended for SY19-20 and SY20-21 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

Number of Public School Facilities by STAR, SY17-18 to SY18-19


Notes: 
- Enrollment listed is for the entire facility. The grade band filter has been temporarily removed while the underlying data is revised to proportion capacity 
  along grade band lines. See the downloadable dataset for more information on which schools fall under each grade band. 
- STAR ratings are recent only as of SY18-19 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; therefore, the facility data for these graphics are also only as recent as SY18-19. 
- Facilities that are “multi-STAR” are facilities that have multiple schools in a facility with different STAR ratings. 
- Facilities with no STAR rating include schools that did not receive a rating because they were either a new school, 
  had a particular grade configuration that is not rated, or their enrollment was too small. 

Source: OSSE Audited Enrollment, SY13-14 to SY21-22; Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education 

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