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Public School Facility Programmatic Capacity

Programmatic capacity reflects the maximum number of students that can be housed in a school building. Total public school capacity largely mirrors the number of facilities located in the neighborhood cluster – more facilities usually equates to more seats. As of SY18-19, Congress Heights (Cluster 39), Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant (Cluster 2), Edgewood and Bloomingdale (Cluster 21), and Crestwood and Petworth (Cluster 18) had the most total seats. Friendship Heights (Cluster 11) also had a large number of DCPS seats.

Public School Programmatic Facility Capacity, SY13-14 to SY18-19

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In SY18-19, the greatest total capacity across all public school facilities was located in 4 STAR rated schools, driven by DCPS facilities with a capacity of 16,310 seats. This was closely followed by capacity in 2 STAR facilities (either DCPS or PCS) followed next by facilities housing 3 STAR schools. The most public charter school capacity was located in Multi-STAR facilities. This means that the public charter facility houses multiple schools from a single LEA that were given different STAR ratings in SY18-19.

Public School Programmatic Facility Capacity STAR, SY17-18 to SY18-19


Notes: 
- Capacity 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.
- Capacities for DCPS schools that are swinging due to modernization are not reported.
- 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: DCPS and public charter LEAs (collected by DC PCSB)

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