Watkins Elementary School

Students at 10 Capitol Hill-area Elementary and Middle schools scored above the District average in math and English according to test results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers released today.

Students across the District took the PARCC tests to determine how well schools are preparing students for college and careers. Earlier today, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the results of test scores for grades 3-8. On average, 25 percent of students between grades 3 and 8 scored at “On track for college and career readiness” in math and 24 percent were on track in English.

However, multiple elementary and middle schools in the Capitol Hill area scored above the District average. Brent Elementary led area schools in both math and English, with 57 percent of students considered on track in math and 68 percent in English.

The other local schools that exceeded the District average in both math and English are:

  • School Within School
  • Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School

The following schools scored above average in math only:

  • Tyler Elementary School
  • J.O. Wilson Elementary School
  • Chamberlain Middle School (Friendship PCS)

Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan scored above average in English but not math.

Catharine Bellinger, the Director of the D.C. chapter of Democrats for Education Reform touted Ludlow-Taylor and Tyler elementary schools as schools that performed well despite having a high number of economically disadvantaged students in a statement about the scores.

Bellinger said that students at these schools are “beating the odds” and said DFER “commend the teachers and leaders working every day in these schools to prepare their students to succeed, not just on tests, but as life-long learners and critical thinkers.”


Jefferson Academy Middle SchoolStarting at a new school can be hard for kids and parents. As parents start gearing up for school enrollment season in the Spring, several Capitol Hill area schools are holding open houses. These open houses will give parents a chance to check out their kids’ prospective new schools and meet some of the teachers and other parents.

Here is a rundown of all the school open houses happening later this week and in the next couple months:

Watkins Elementary School
420 12th St. SE
Open: Nov. 18, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Stuart-Hobson Middle School
410 E St. NE
Open: Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Van Ness Elementary School
1150 5th St. SE
Open: Nov. 19, 9-10 a.m.

Miner Elementary School
601 15th St. NE
Open: Nov. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Dec. 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Jan. 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Feb. 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Jefferson Academy Middle School
801 7th  St. SW
Open: Nov. 20, 9:30-11 a.m.

Brent Elementary School
301 North Carolina Ave. SE
Open: Nov. 23, 9-10:30 a.m.

Maury Elementary School
1250 Constitution Ave. NE
Open: Nov. 30, 9-10:30 a.m.

Capitol Hill Day School (PreK-8th grade)
210 South Carolina Ave. SE
Open: Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m.
Tours also available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Schedule a morning tour by emailing [email protected]

Ludlow Taylor Elementary School
659 G St. NE
Open: Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m.
Feb 11, 9:30 a.m.

School Within School
920 F St. NE
Open: Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20, 9-10:30 a.m.

Eastern High School
1700 East Capitol St. NE
There are currently no open houses scheduled, but families can make appointments to tour the school at [email protected]



Ludlow-Taylor Elem School Playground (Photo via Google Maps)Some Capitol Hill elementary school students are set to get a new playground this summer.

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School at 659 G St. NE is scheduled to receive a new playground over the summer, according to an email from ANC 6A Chairman Phil Toomajian. Mayor Muriel Bowser submitted the request to fund the new playground after several community members raised concerns about a lack of play space at the school, Toomajian said.

The new playground is not the only scheduled improvement at the elementary school this summer. The school also has plans for a new rain garden and school garden, which were both funded by a grant from the District Department of Energy and Environment RiverSmart schools program. The RiverSmart schools program provides funding for greenspaces at schools that create habitats for local wildlife and prevent stormwater runoff.

Photo via Google Maps


Miner Elementary School (Photo via DCPS)Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen and D.C. State Board of Education member Joe Weedon will attend the monthly ANC 6A meeting tomorrow night to participate in a public forum on education in northeast Capitol Hill.

The forum will take place at Miner Elementary School at 601 15th St. NE at 7 p.m. Thursday. Representatives from Miner, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Maury Elementary School, School Within School and Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School will also participate in the forum.

“This is a great opportunity for our schools to share about their programs and areas that we as a community can assist them,” ANC 6A chairman Phil Toomajian said in a Facebook post about the event. “It’s also a great opportunity for community members to learn more about your neighborhood schools and to learn how you can support them and get involved in them now.”

The forum is expected to last a little more than an hour according to the meeting agenda.

Photo via DCPS


Alecia Haughton-Francis receives her award (Photo via Twitter/DCPublic Schools)

Three teachers at Amidon-Bowen, Ludlow-Taylor and Peabody elementary schools won an honor yesterday (Monday) that was given to just seven teachers citywide.

Music teacher Para C. Perry of Amidon-Bowen, fourth grade teacher Alecia Haughton-Francis of Ludlow-Taylor and kindergarten teacher Rachel Houghton of Peabody each received Excellence in Teaching awards from the District Public Schools, plus a $10,000 prize.

Francis, who has taught at the 659 G Street NE school for 16 years, said her philosophy is to partner with her students during the learning process.

“I really love to see children come into their own and become great thinkers and doers,” she told DCPS. “Though I am the teacher in this relationship, I see myself more as a partner who teaches and learns alongside my students.”

All of Francis’s fourth graders improved by at least two reading levels last school year, DCPS said.

“She tutors during her lunch, her planning period and many days after school for free,” Ludlow Taylor principal Debra Bell told Hill Now. “She has a standard of excellence in whatever she does.”

Perry told DCPS she promotes leadership and positive self-esteem at Amidon-Bowen, at 401 I St. SW. Her students can often be heard chanting “”If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention, for the time is now or never to make your dreams come true. You better wake up and pay attention.”

And Houghton told DCPS she wants to create lifelong lovers of literature at Peabody. She’s taught at the 425 C St. NE school for the past 11 years and focuses on positive reading experiences and social development.

Photo via Twitter/DCPublic Schools

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