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Unfilled Seats

Underutilized public school facilities means that there are seats available to enroll additional students in the building. Large numbers of unfilled seats indicate low enrollment in comparison to the size of the building or that a new school has not fully enrolled to their maximum grade. Also, school districts nationally typically have some seats available in order to accommodate increases in population. The majority of unfilled seats are in Congress Heights (Cluster 39) and Deanwood and Lincoln Heights (Cluster 31). Deanwood and Lincoln Heights (Cluster 31) has the largest number of unfilled DCPS seats, while Fort Totten (Cluster 19) has the largest number of unfilled public charter school seats.

Public School Facilities Unfilled Seats, SY13-14 to SY19-20

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In SY18-19, facilities across both sectors rated as either 4 or 5 STAR had the fewest number of unfilled seats (hover over the interactive graphic online to see the number). The most unfilled seats across sectors were located in facilities with 2 STAR rated schools. The next greatest amount of unfilled seats in DCPS facilities were those with 1 STAR rated schools, while for public charter schools facilities it was in facilities with 3 STAR rated schools.

Public School Facilities Unfilled Seats by STAR, SY17-18 to SY18-19

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- This dashboard allows the user to view this analysis with and without DCPS portable capacities (or temporary classrooms).
- Schools that are growing a grade each year can be excluded from the analysis, since it may not provide an accurate
  representation of their unfilled seats.
- Schools that are overcrowded do not count as negative "unfilled seats"; these seats are set to zero. Therefore, subtracting
  enrollment from capacity (from previous visualizations) may not always equal the listed number of unfilled seats.
- Capacity and enrollment 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: OSSE Audited Enrollment, SY13-14 to SY19-20, DCPS capacities, and public charter LEA capacities collected by DC PCSB

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