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Public School Facility Programmatic Capacity

This page will be updated when the 2023 Master Facilities Plan (MFP) recalculates programmatic capacities. Click here to learn more about the 2023 MFP and read the FAQs here.

Programmatic capacity reflects the maximum number of students who can be housed in a school building. Typically the more facilities, the greater the programmatic capacity in specific geographies. As of SY21-22, DCPS and public charter schools had a total capacity of 125,997 seats. 

Public School Programmatic Facility Capacity, SY13-14 to SY21-22



Users can now select four different geographies - Comprehensive Plan planning areas, wards (2022 and 2012 boundaries), and neighborhood cluster - to view public school facility capacities. By planning area, public school facility capacities were greatest in the Far Southeast and Southwest area and the Far Northeast and Southeast area followed by the Upper Northeast area and the Rock Creek East area. 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 Congress Heights (Cluster 39) had the greatest number of public charter seats.

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

- Capacity for SY21-22 may not be directly comparable to capacity in previous years. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some public charter LEAs 
  may have reported a lower capacity for their facilities that was in line with social distancing guidelines. 
- Capacity for SY13-14 through SY20-21 is for an entire LEA located within the facility. For SY21-22, capacity is split across grade bands (typical PK-5th, 
  6th-8th, and 9th-12th grade bands) proportional to their 1-year enrollment projections. 
- 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. 
- Capacities for DCPS schools that are swinging due to modernization are not reported. 

Source: DCPS and public charter LEA capacities (collected by DC PCSB) 

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