"We are best known for our commitment to academics through our IB program."
Students enrolled 1165
Hours 8:30 - 3:15
School leader James Albright
Transportation options None
District District Of Columbia Public Schools
Before school no info
After school Yes

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3815 Fort Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20016

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(202) 939-2010
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4 stars
Based on 24 ratings

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June 18, 2014
Good Academics. Poor communication between parents and teachers and administrators. So much homework my son in 6 th grade and was always A student and still is but in pre algebra and Spanish one with hard teacher. Tons and tons of homework projects quizzes and tests and sometimes on same days. Has no time for anything else. He is always stressed out and has learned to balance it with doing what he can during weekends but he loses out on family time. Has no time to himself. I can't get ahold through email, writing a letter and my son taking it to teacher, trying to call just to find out why a grade is what it is when he had an excused absence but just got the email today saying it was excused from 3 weeks ago. My son is scared to be absence even when he has to go to an appt. They do go on field trips a lot but if the teacher teaches more than just your grade. You can be counted as an unexcused absence. I have learned to watch for that because it can bring a high A down to a low A. Plus the grades are in decimals like for example 89.9 is an 89 B+ no rounding I have seen on any of my son's grades at all this year of 2013-2014.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
This middle school is the best in the city. It is very diverse and educational wise, it is outstanding. It is close to Tenleytown so the students can hang out after school. It also has a bus stop just across the street. The principal is currently working to add a bus shelter so students do not need to wait in the rain. We are adding a new expansion, and it should be done by next year if all goes well (I personally do not think it will be completed in time). We have many laptop and iPad carts, and four desktops in each classroom. At recess students can choose to either go outside or go to the library, except if they didn't do their homework or want to study, which in that case they can go up to ZAP (zeroes are not permitted). If the student was late to school, they will have to serve lunch detention. Deal has tons of extracurricular activities and sports for after school. On Thursdays, we have shorter class periods so that we have time for an activity at the end of the day (they vary depending on the week). Deal allows sixth graders to choose a language to take for their next three years from Chinese, French, and Spanish.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2013
DO NOT PUT YOUR KIDS IN A SCHOOL THAT YOU KNOW WILL NOT CHALLENGE THEM BECAUSE IT IS A CONVENIENCE FOR YOU. The school offers language courses in either Spanish, French or Chinese that a student will take for all three years and in 8th grade will travel to the country of that language. Deal offers many opportunities for its students. In conclusion, Deal is an amazing, diverse, challenging, and interesting community for every type of student. Despite its flaws and annoying dwellers, I have to say is the best school in DC. Your child will be upset about being late or missing a day at school. *** In 7th and 8th grade, make sure you stay on top of your childs progress. Make sure they get their work in on time, completed, understand their work, get to school everyday, on-time, and have great respectful relationships with their teachers, participate in class and maintain a good reputation because all of these factors add up to your child being excepted into a good high school such as School Without Walls.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2013
I am a parent of an 8th grader and our daughter also attended 7th grade for about 1/2 of the school term. My husband and I both feel that Deal does a really great job in organizing the students and keeping them in a discipline but very respectful environment. The educators and especially Principal Albright all do a fine job in not only running a tight ship but also in being very nurturing, kind, and caring toward the students at Deal. This is especially visible in how comfortable the students are with chatting and even confiding in their educators. We enjoy having Mrs. McFarland as our daughter's counselor because she indeeds has her finger on the pulse of the age group at Deal. She works with the teenagers in a way that positively impacts the student's young lives. We are very happy that our school provides so much for our family!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
Most teachers and staff are well educated and encourage me to try my very hardest. The teachers give a reasonable amount of homework. Alice Deal offers many after school clubs. The reason I did not give my middle school a higher rating is because, at sometimes this school can have it's negatives. Being a girl at Alice Deal be prepared to face the wrath of Dress Code. For girls, you cannot show any type of bra strap or cleavage. Which is harder than you think! If your bra strap is accidentally shown on your shoulder you have to change in your gym uniform or one from the lost and found! Same with cleavage, lately they told us we are going on our annual field trip to King's Dominion!!! But they bombed on the girls a day before that you are not allowed to wear bikinis. This did not bother me that much... But the reason did. It is because they do not want to see our skin and stomach, yet the boys are wearing swim trunks which shows their skin and their stomach.... Also, Deal has just received trailers for the expansion, yet the bathrooms do not have a place to dispose of female napkins, you have to walk outside to throw it away. Overall, education wise this is a good school!

- submitted by a community member
December 21, 2012
i go to deal, and i have to say, it is really amazing. i am in 6th grade, and the transition was easy, and all of the teachers are great. in addition to having language choices and great classes, the administrators and teachers still find time for things like winter assemblys. the only problem is some kids are really annoying and that can stop classes, but the teachers deal with it remarkably well. i totally recommend deal!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2012
Alice Deal Middle School is an excellent middle school, and could even be called the best public middle in D.C. The teachers are fantastic, as well as the staff, who are, despite being busy, never mind having a chat with a parent or student! The education is challenging but rewarding, leaving many students with feelings of accomplishment after each year. My own son has improved his B- average grades in elementary school to an A average at Deal! However, there are a few issues that could be resolved with a few tweaks. There are many students at Deal, and many students are not from the surrounding communities. This means bullying is a prevalent issue, along with language among students and misbehavior. But these are small issues, besides the second one. Almost every day my son comes home and as he does his homework, he tells me about how many "ghetto" students use extremely foul language, and how lots of teachers don't do anything about it. he also tells me that they talk about inappropriate subjects, which I have experience first-hand while visiting once. If teachers and staff would pay more attention to this, I believe the issue would be solved. Deal rocks!! :)

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
im going to this school next year (7th grade) and a lot of my friends parents say this is a great school !!! they have many sports and extra-curricular activities. also their test scores are fantastic and they are a very diverse school

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2011
I want to congratulate Alice Deal's all teachers, staff and principal! I have two kids in 7th and 8th grades and I am very happy with the school, because it has excellent teachers, a strong leadership and relevant academic programs that really help to my kids. Congratulations for your work!!! Jose Marquez.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
My child is a 7th grader at Deal and absolutely loves it. She is doing well academically and socially, and I am pleased with how well the school is managed. Its big, but organized in a way that enables the kids to feel part of a smaller community within the school. Her teachers and the assistant principal for her grade know her --- for good and for ill :) We have been pleased with the experience

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
My daughter is a six grader at Deal this year and the transition of bringing six graders into the school this year has been the best experience ever. The teachers are great, they really care about their students and stay on top of their studies and communicate well not only with the students but the parents as well. The administration staff is wonderful and they are always on point at all times. Ms. Kim is a great Principal, she encourages her student to achieve and excel for the best and to make sure that they are heading that way there is always available resources to help them achieve. The best thing I love there as a parent is Edline, it is the best tool a parent can have. It keeps you updated on your child grades at all times every school needs this tool.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2009
Both of our children attended Deal and had wonderful educational and social experiences. The rich diversity of the school population, the strength and professionalism of the teachers and administrators, the International Baccalaureate program and the fully modernized building combine to create a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
All three of our children have gone to Deal, and it is amazing how the school has changed over the years. The renovation, leadership, faculty has brought new enthusiasm and positive energy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2009
I am an African-American parent of a 7th grader at Deal. My eldest son also attended Deal and is having a great time now at Wilson. Deal is an important school in the District because it demonstrates the important role that multicultural schools have in ridding the world of unwarranted fears, misconceptions, and negative stereotypes of groups outside of our own neighborhoods. Ms. Kim is an effective leader and in addition to demanding academic excellence from all students, understands that cultural fluency is an ideal to work toward each and every day.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
Deal has been transformed into a fantastic school. My son's teachers know him well--his strengths and his weaknesses. They have motivated him to be a better student, and they have also gotten him excited about what they're teaching. I am also so impressed with how available they are after school and at lunchtime, if he needs extra help or has questions. They are also very responsive anytime I've had a question or concern. Deal is a positive, orderly school where the teachers expect a lot from their students but also offer plenty of support to help them succeed.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 03, 2009
Hello people i am a student at deal and i think that deal is such a great school for students wanting to expand there life styles friendship's and other things. I know that i have i have changed alot . When i came to school i thought i would be with a lot of stuck up teachers and students. When you come they open there arms to everyone no matter what. Deal is a great school. I have made many friend that were in of different races and cultures. I never knew that i would ever have as many jewish friends as i thought i did. I love all my friend. Everyone fits in perfect we don't make fun of anyone everyone have there own style and way of life. And as students we respect it.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2009
i think it a great school for kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2009
I have two boys who attend Deal and I have been very pleased with their learning.They are pleased with the school also, they love being on the track team and participating in all of the other activities.The teachers are also excellent,they call me anytime there is a problem and everytime they need to talk about my child.Every school could take pointers from this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
I go to Deal this is the most disorganized school in the world,(not always bad) some teachers are terrible others pretty cool. You get detention if you are late to school

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2008
Very good. Amazing Ensembles and Choirs

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2007
I am a former student of this school, I graduated in 2007. Deal is quite a good school, but there are some issues. The administration is highly disorganized and almost never gets things done on time. On a positive note, most of the teachers are excellent. I learned a lot from my teachers at Deal. They really know the curriculum and they teach with enthusiasm. Also, Deal has many different extracurricular activities and clubs. From fencing to sports, your son or daughter is bound to find an activity they enjoy at Deal. Overall, Deal has its positive traits and its negative ones.

- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
I used to go to Deal and I know that it's a great school. The principal and staff would always be highly involved in school activities, the natural school enviorment of Deal is awesome. I highley recommend it.

- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
Deal is a very good school that emphasizes more than academics. The varied programs at Deal add to its great appeal. The principal is outstanding and has a firm grasp as to the concept of public education being the torch bearer of the American Education system. The teachers are involved and highly motivated which adds to the enthusiasm of the student body. The diverseness of the student body also adds greatly to the learning experience and flavor which permiates through the interactions of the students. The Academic achievements of the student body exceeds that of schools which are smaller in the area. The extracurricular activities are plentiful and the students find themselves able to choose from a varied field. Overall as a parent with two sons who have and are attending Deal I find it to be the best Jr. High in the city of Washington DC and rivals a great number of the suburban schools.

- submitted by a parent
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Deal Middle School
3815 Fort Dr. NW, Washington, DC  20016
(202) 939-2010
Last modified Deal Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Deal Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews.