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Hearst Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 300 students

We are best known for beautiful Hearst aquarium.
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted April 5, 2014

We love Hearst. We spent a lot of time selecting trying to select the right school for our child, and Hearst is that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

I don't think it's fair to judge a persons parenting skills just because they stated a teacher yelled at a student. This action by the teacher has nothing to do with a persons ability to parent but, how the teacher handles a sistuation. You can go above and beyond working with your child at home to the point of almost home schooling and sometimes sistuations still arise at school. So please don't be so quick to judge.I think the teachers at Hearst are doing a great job but, that may not be that parents experience .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

I would like to respond to the parent who cited one of the teachers as ignoring or yelling at students by asking that parent to examine his or her parenting skills. Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. Too often they are failing teach their children the importance of education and proper respect for teachers. I would ask this parent how much time he or she has spent reading to or with his or her child. Does your child see you reading? Do you develop your child's math skills by playing games, allowing the child to calculate prices in the grocery store, or to help you measure ingredients in the kitchen? Do your support your child's teacher? Do you supervise your child's homework? Do you make it clear that you will not tolerate disrespectful behavior in the classroom and that there will be consequences at home for such behavior? If the school recommends additional testing or counseling do you follow-up? Education is a partnership between parent and student. You cannot expect a teacher to do his or her job and yours. Most teachers are dedicated people who want the best for their students. Too often they receive little or no support from parents.


Posted January 27, 2014

The teachers in the the special ed department are low in par, they seem to not connect with the children especially the counselor. Some of the teachers actually yell at there children or ignore them and tell them they wont learn anyway. I have witnessed this in Mr Atly's mathematics 3rd grade class many times first hand in shock. The DCPS is a challenging student base but that's why they need a patient teacher base. My son is currently attending and he also has MR Atly this 4th grade year. The over view of this school has been poor do to some of the teachers the staff and most of all the principle. Some of the side programs are good and have good teachers though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

I am the principal at Hearst Elementary.I never go to blogs, but someone brought this to my attention. I find the anonimity of a blog to be somewhat cowardly. I will be up front and tell you who I am. I feel compelled to respond and invite anyone to drop by on any day and visit our great school. (Specifically, visit our 3rd grade! Two amazing teachers!) Our environment is peaceful throughout the building. Our academic programming is challenging. Our teachers are dedicated. I won't comment on my own work. Rather, I invite you to come meet me and judge for yourself. I am far from perfect, but everything I do here is done with the 300 students and 50 staff members who show up every day in mind. Come check us out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2014

This school is not good at all, the school's principal is the main problem, then the third grade teachers are some of the worst I have ever seen. They handle the school loosely and the teachers scream at the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

I feel very lucky that we were given the opportunity to enroll our son into Hearst. With this being his first year at Hearst in pre-k we already see the dedication and commitment the teachers have to their students. We absolutely love the environment and he enjoys going to school. & by far the most parental involved school I have seen. GO OWLS!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2012

HEARST Happy learners. Energetic parents. Awesome principal. Rigorous assignments. Supportive environment. Top-notch teachers. Need I say more?


Posted February 11, 2012

Hearst is an excellent professional learning community established on a strong foundation. We, the parents, are so fortunate to have one another. Our current leadership leaves a bit to be desired, takes more than a guitar and some stars. However, we will overcome that next year as we pass that on to Prince William County. Let's look forward to new leadership!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2012

One of the best-kept secrets in the area! Hearst is a vibrant community of students teachers and parents, and in the best sense functions as a family of sorts. Hearst boasts enrollment from all Wards of DC and is diverse in many ways. Our two children are in first and third grade and both are thriving. The teachers at Hearst are engaged and thoughtful and committed to the school. We feel lucky that we send our children to a school where all the teachers and many if not most of the parents know our children and each other. Note that Hearst has expanded to Pre-K to 5th grade, so students go directly to middle school after finishing elementary school and do not feed to a different elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

Hearst is a little-known gem of a school in Cleveland Park. It has extremely small class sizes, two teachers for every class and an extremely engaged PTA. It's principal has created an environment that really rewards excellent learning and the students are embracing it! Our son has received very good individual attention that has helped him excel in math and reading beyond grade level. This is the kind of school you'd expect to find in small town but with all the access the city provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Our son is in pre-k. Fantastic school with incredible PTA, teachers and leadership. Couldn't be happier. I'll add that our son transitioned from a local private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

I have had the opportunity to student teach at this school for the past year and have been fortunate to learn from such amazing teachers who are as intelligent as they are motivated to provide the highest quality of education to the public. The warm environment at Hearst fosters each student's cognitive, social and emotional development. I highly recommend this school to any parent who values their child's education and well being. A+ school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2011

This is a wonderful neighborhood school with a great sense of community. It's going to be even better after the building modernization and addition are completed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

Great school. Can seem rough around the edges due to its very close proximity to a $30K a year private school, but the teachers are tremendous. The school has a vibrant PTA that when combined with the active and energetic staff produces a close community that I am very happy to be part of. I am also impressed with the principal's use of Out of Boundary transfers to bring together a group of students from all over the city to create an environment where the students are learning about diversity in the most natural way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

This is my sons' first year in public school. It was a ruff start. I had to get to know my son's teacher and he had to get to know me. For the most part, Hearst is a grat school, with a great staff and a graet leader Mrs. Talley
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

The teachers make this school special. They are outstanding. This is the only public school in Washington, DC that gets NAEYC (http://www.naeyc.org) accreditation. Here are the school's test scores below in detail which this web site doesn't have uploaded for sum reason. In sum, in 2008, at least 87% of students were rated at least proficient in math and reading. Statistics below from No Child Left Behind -- http://nclb.osse.dc.gov/index.asp 2008 Reading: 56.52% Proficient, 30.43% Advanced, T=86.95% 2007 Reading: 46.67% Proficient, 13.33% Advanced, T=60.00% 2006 Reading: 57.14% Proficient, 4.76% Advanced, T=61.9 2008 Math: 47.83% Proficient, 39.13% Advanced, T=86.96 2007 Math: 33.33% Proficient, 26.67% Advanced, T=60.00 2006 Math: 33.33% Proficient, 14.29% Advanced, T=47.62
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

I have two son's that attend hearst, one is in kindergarten and the other is in the third grade. We have been extremely happy with the results from hearst. We love the diversity and the closenit family style approach that ooze with excitement during morning drop off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

My son has thrived at Hearst Elementary. This is a great, small school that reflects the best in the current trend toward small schools. It is truly a community of learners, with skilled and visionary teachers who have earned numerous awards, generous and concerned parent involvement, and a curriculum that puts student learning first. Hearst is a gem that reaffirms that young children *can* get a great education in DC public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

Great sense of community within a small, ethnically and income-diverse setting. First through third grade, enrollment of 160 - 180 children. Wonderful little historic building on beautiful grounds next to DC Recreation Center and park/playground.
—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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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36%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
75%
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 58% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/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

The state average for Math was 43% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

19 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/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 Students36%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
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 Students95%
Black, non-Hispanic92%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Black, non-Hispanic89%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students58%
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 Students69%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Black, non-Hispanic69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students53%
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 "Rising".

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
Black 56% 1%
White 29% 1%
Hispanic 5% N/A
Asian 4% N/A
Two or more races 4% 57%
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 29%N/AN/A
Special education 10%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 96%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 97%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
Hispanic 91%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 94%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 96%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 96%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Deborah Bergeron
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (202) 282-2303

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • H3 (Brookland Station - Tenley Circle), N8 (Wesley Heights/Van Ness UDC), H4 (Tenleytown - Brookland Station), 31, 32, 36 (Friendship Station - Potomac Park/Southern Ave/Naylor Rd Station), 37 (Archives - Friendship Heights), L2(Van Ness UDC), 96 (McLean Gardens - Stadium Armory), X3 (Minnesota Ave)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls on the Run
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
School mascot
  • Owl
More from this school
  • Hearst is a growing school. As of the 2010 school year, Hearst now offers grades Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. Hearst has a number of partnerships. Currently all students attend Fillmore Arts Center for the arts: music, visual arts, graphic arts, theatre, dance, spoken work, etc. In addition, Hearst has a partnership with the Kennedy Arts Center, which provides artist in residence for 10 weeks of arts incorporated into the general curriculum.
School leaders can update this information here.

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