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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 LEAs (either two different public charter LEAs or DCPS and a public charter LEA). In SY20-21, there were 220 public school facilities in the District, an increase from the 197 facilities in SY13-14. Crestwood and Petworth (Cluster 18), Congress Heights (Cluster 39), and Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant (Cluster 2) were home to the most public school facilities, with 17, 16, 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 Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant (Cluster 2), and public charter school facilities were concentrated in Edgewood and Bloomingdale (Cluster 21), Brightwood Park and Crestwood (Cluster 18), Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant (Cluster 2), and Congress Heights (Cluster 39).

Number of Public School Facilities, SY13-14 to SY20-21

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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. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the most recent STAR data are from SY18-19; STAR ratings were paused for SY19-20 and SY20-21.

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 SY18-29, as the STAR rating was suspened for SY2019-20 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, not only for the grade bands selected. See the downloadable dataset for more information on which schools fall under each grade band. - Facility information is as recent as SY20-21. - STAR ratings are as recent 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 SY20-21; Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

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