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Janney Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 598 students

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Posted May 26, 2013

Janney is great. My Son is a fourth grader that hated going to school before Janney. The teachers and students welcomed my Son making his school day fulfilled with a well balaned education and social environment. The teachers are dedicated to ensuring the success of every Student academic involvement. The Principal make certain that all students are safe and well taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

The principal has a laser-like focus on fostering a professional community based on quality instruction. The teachers care about good teaching, and they have a shared sense of what it looks like. The principal is level-headed, strong communicator, community-minded---doesn't always do what the parents want, but does always have the children's Education in mind, with every decision. The reason for the positive tone in this learning community starts with the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

Our 2nd and 4th graders attend and we feel fortunate to be in a school where parent involvement makes it tick. There are some special teachers there, who aren't "burnt out" and are excited to be at a school like Janney. They have a beautiful library, gym, art room and music. There is even a full time recess coordinator who gets the kids moving. Most are made possible through PTA funds (i.e. voluntary parent contributions) so as long as parents keep contributing, it certainly beats private school tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2012

We are completing our first year with a child at Janney and have been delighted with the school. They just completed a full renovation--the facility is gorgeous. The grounds are now being filled in with fruit trees, a science garden, an outdoor classroom and more. The teachers and parents have always been very involved and caring, but under the leadership of Principal Lycknell, this school rivals any you could hope to send your child to. Library, science lab, art room, music room, glass-enclosed gym--it is a joy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

The parents and faculty are so involved you just now things will always be taken care of well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Janney has been a wonderful place for my children to learn and play. The school and the staff are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

The Janney community is amazing. My kids are thriving in an educationally challenging and socially nurturing environment. As parents, we are encouraged to be centrally involved in the school. And our teachers -- as educators and people -- are as good or better than any I have seen at any other school, private or public.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

Janney is a school where there is a spirit of love of learning and and having fun doing it! Children haave many options for learning due to high parent and community involvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Never was there a better community, a more dedicated staff, or more exciting students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

We came to Dc 5 years ago, my kid was 5 when he entered the school without any english language skill, the staff at Janney were wonderfull they help him learn, express and feel at home from day one. My younger daughter is now a kindergarten student she attended janney as a pk too, and loves it. At Janney the team of teachers administrative staff,aids and specialist are loving and wonderfull people. Janney's communnity ,the parents and kid are also fantastic, this is a school were you don't only come to learn the curriculim but also come to learn about respect, caring about others , and love .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Janney has a fantastic sense of community. It is truly a neighborhood school, with groups of kids and parents trooping up the street each morning, a schoolwide morning meeting, and lots of local community involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Janney is one of, if not the best, public elementary school in DC. Kudos to our new principal and our many fantastic teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Everyone from the administrators, teachers and staff, to the parents, kids and surrounding community are involved in the success of the school. It's a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Excellent teachers, caring staff, supportive parents and strong community involvement make this the best neighborhood school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Dedicated staff and parents make this a great place to send your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Janney has a warm, comfortable feeling with happy children in the classrooms and hallways. Our teachers and administrators really care about our kids, working to provide extra help to those who need it and additional challenges for those who are ready. My son is blossoming under their care. And we have an incredible PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

My children love their school! They love and respect their teachers who show them how to have fun while learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Best school in DC with the best teacher, Lauren Rockwell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I have had two children at Janney over the past seven years. It is a wonderful school, great teachers and an incredible community of active and informed parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Janney is an all-around awesome place for kids! There isn't a better school around!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 43% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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95%

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86%
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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

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2011.

213 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

213 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Math

All Students94%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a
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

Math

All Students91%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students76%
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

Math

All Students92%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students95%
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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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).

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 1%
Hispanic 8% N/A
Two or more races 8% 57%
Black 7% 1%
Asian 3% N/A
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 4%N/AN/A
Special education 5%N/A13%
English learners 5%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 98%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 99%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Hispanic 97%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 95%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 98%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 97%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon School

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Origami club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:35 am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Norah Lycknell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (202) 282-0112

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Readers' and Writers' Workshop
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • 31, 32, 36, 37 (Friendship Heights - Potomac Park/Southern Ave/Naylor Road/Archives), M4 (Sibley Hospital - Pinehurst Circle), H3, H4 (Brookland Metro - Tenleytown/Tenley Circel), N8 (Wesley Heights/Van Ness UDC), N2 (Farragut Square - Friendship Heights)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Oasis Tutoring Program
  • Stoneridge Volunteers
  • DC Greens
  • Embassy Adoption Program
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Girls on the Run
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Origami club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have 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 cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • blue and white
School mascot
  • Jaguars
School leaders can update this information here.

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4130 Albemarle St. NW
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