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Benjamin Banneker High School

Public | 9-12 | 460 students

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted March 10, 2014

Viajaremos el proximo a o a USA y estoy interesada que mis hijos Nicolas 16 y Alonso 14 estudien en su prestigiosa escuela. Somos extranjeros y deseamos saber los requisitos. Muchas gracias
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

The academic program is very rigorous which provides college preparedness. Banneker is a wonder school for those that want more out of education. The staff is awesome and really help the students when they are needing additional assistance.


Posted September 20, 2013

The principal is ghetto behind her profession. She worries more about keeping the school up as oppose to helping the kids. She put a lot of pressure on the kids and care little about their concern. Shes underhanded, watch her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

Banneker is a very good school . They teach you a lot and make sure you learn everything you need to know in preparation for college .
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2010

I'm a sophomore and it is a great school. It opens up many opportunities for us and the program is challenging. Overall it is a good school to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2010

This is avery good school for kids who are trying to get in good high school. This shows you have to do a lot to get in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2010

I am an alum and can attest to the education and experience. My son entered 9th grade a little intimidated but has surpassed both of our expextations making Principal's Commendation all quarters, most recently 3.83. The grading scale is higher but that has made him more driven to get a 4.0. He really wanted to play football which Banneker does not offer so next year he will be eligible to play at McKinley or Wilson now that he has proven he can a Banneker Achiever. The best thing I did for my son academically was to encourage him to attend. He is not distracted and keeps his eye on the prize, attending COLLEGE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I am currently a freshman at Banneker High School and it is truly a great learning environment like no other.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2007

My daughter is a freshmen this year. So far we both love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

Historically, the teaching has been excellent and the students, of diverse backgrounds, get the most from them. The Principals have been less than stellar. In fact, they have been weak. It is almost as if the central adminsitration is trying to hold the school back by placing poor leadership at the top, mostly administration syncophants. The counselors, teachers and students make the school. With excellent leadership,the school would be amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2006

The quality of academics is very high, although they seem to lack the backbone of being overall. BY that I mean that yes indeed they do have academics, but high school isnt all about academics. There arent to many sports and the parent involvement is declining. Music has just com back into the school, and Art has always been strong. The extracurricular acts include numerous clubs and mandatory community service, which is counted as a grade.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
Writing

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

150 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students100%
Black, non-Hispanic100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Black, non-Hispanic95%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students86%

Writing

All Students94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Reward".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT/SAT participation

100%

ACT/SAT college ready

62%

Graduation rate

98%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 85% 1%
Hispanic 11% N/A
Two or more races N/A 57%
White N/A 1%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
Special education 0%N/A13%
English learners 0%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 99%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 99%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 99%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 100%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 96%N/A75%
Female 97%N/A77%
Male 90%N/A71%
Asian/Pacific Islander 100%N/A79%
Black, not Hispanic 95%N/A77%
Hispanic 100%N/A62%
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 92%N/A58%
General-Education students 96%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school DCPS Schools
DC area Charter Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 99% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation George Washington
Virginia Commonwealth University
St. John's University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
French
Spanish
Vietnamese
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon Award (2007)
  • TEAM Award 2009-2010 (2009)
  • Newsweeks 500 Best High Schools in America (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • It's Academic
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Anita M. Berger
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 673-2231

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • It's Academic
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • red, white, blue
School mascot
  • Bulldog
More from this school
  • The school has 100% 4 yr.college/university acceptance rate.
School leaders can update this information here.

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3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
220
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
700
Students typically come from these schools
DCPS Schools
DC area Charter Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
George Washington
Virginia Commonwealth University
St. John's University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 1%
4 year college - 99%
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800 Euclid St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Phone: (202) 671-6320

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