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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 and typically the more facilities, the greater the programmatic capacity in specific geographies. As of SY20-21, DCPS and public charter schools had a total capacity of 121,711 seats. Ward 5 and Ward 8 had the greatest programmatic capacity across both sectors at 23,190 seats and 22,252 seats, respectively. By neighborhood cluster, Congress Heights (Cluster 39), Crestwood and Petworth (Cluster 18), Edgewood and Bloomingdale (Cluster 21), and Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant (Cluster 2) had the most total seats across both sectors. Crestwood and Petworth (Cluster 18) had the largest number of DCPS seats and Edgewood and Bloomingdale (Cluster 21) had the greatest number of public charter seats.

Public School Programmatic Facility Capacity, 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, 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

- Facility information is as recent as SY20-21. 
- 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. 
- 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: DCPS and public charter LEA capacities (collected by DC PCSB)

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