"We are best known for academics, music and art."
Students enrolled 404
Hours 8:45 am - 3:15pm
School leader Patricia Pride
Transportation options Yes
District District Of Columbia Public Schools
Before school no info
After school Yes

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1819 35th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

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(202) 729-4350
(202) 576-9443
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4 stars
Based on 21 ratings

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July 08, 2013
I go to this school and it is the best. It is also easy for me I had straight A's only one B in the whole school year. It is about 60% blacks 5% whites 30% hispanic 5% other. What it can improve of is flexible and nice teachers. That is my opinion. Grrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaaattttttt school

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2012
This school was actually put on my radar when the DCPS central office tried unsuccessfully to meddle with the program. While it was unfortunate that the school community suffered leadership upheaval, in the end it gained a great leader in the current principal. After some investigation, we decided as a family to transfer our child from one of the more successful schools in town to Hardy, and it's the best decision we've made in a while. My child is engaged and challenged in a way I suspected he wasn't before. The teachers are energetic and bright. There's a strong parent organization. Class sizes are small and the school has a very warm and cozy feel. Hardy has a new school-wide program designed to address the needs of its most academically advanced students and offer enrichment to those who could be identified as gifted. I can't really ask for much more from a middle school. Hardy is a hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
Hardy has transformed itself in the past few years. They now have an amazing building with the addition of experienced teachers and supportive leadership. If you're looking for an option other than Deal, please do look at Hardy. You'll find bright, vibrant classrooms filled with students from all parts of DC being taught by true professionals. There are lots of sports, and after school options and the added benefit of the music and arts program. Check it out!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
I am a student at Hardy middle school. I am currently in the 8th grade. I have experienced the struggles and hardships that Hardy has gone through in the past year. Hardy is a very interesting school and I am proud to be a student that attends the school. The arts and music in the school interest me and help me look forward to my goals in the future. The teachers are great and outstanding. The only concern that I have about the school is the re-assignment of our last principal, Mr. Pope. He was really great and I really miss him.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
Outstanding leadership and staff: teamwork. Complete and thorough implementation of a quality program under Principal Pope.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Students learn at a high levl Teachers really care Best principal in the area Music & Arts program make students excited about learning in general and it teaches great discipline

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Great programs, administration, teachers and students! This is a wonderful learning environment for all!...

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
Hardy MS provides a wonderful, well-rounded education at the middle school level. The principal has put together a program that succeeds because of the extraordinary arts and music faculty and strong core academic faculty. The diverse student population from all over the city is also an enormous asset.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
WOW!, there are so many reasons why Hardy is a great middle and why I love Hardy Middle School totally!! Hardy Middle has AWESOME leadership- Principal Mr. Pope, teachers, staff and students. Hardy gives thousands of children the ability to thrive, be challenged through curriculm and experience the greatness of the world through arts and music. Hardy rocks...

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
I have two children that currently attend Hardy and we are very pleased with the quality of education they are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
A fantastic principal, wonderful teachers - strong academics and a marvelous music and art program. The only public middle school in DC to make AYP. Active and dedicated parent body. Beautifully renovated building. A real gem in the DC Public School system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Hardy has the best teachers and principal, Patrick Pope. They truly care about the children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Hardy Middle School is the BEST DCPS Middle School. Children get a top rate education w/ Music & Arts embedded into the cirriculum. This school integrates kids from all across DC! Our children love Hardy

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
A great principal, engaging teachers, and dedicated parents Hardy Middle School offers a strong academic curriculum and a top rate music and arts program. Housed in a beautifully renovated building and located in the Georgetown community of Washington DC, Hardy is the best that the DC Public School system has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Awsome teaching and administrative staff lead by a dynamic Principal. Strong adademic progress. Excellent, nationally-recognized music and arts program; in the beautiful community of Historic Georgetown.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
I love Hardy Middle School because Hardy is not only a school it is a place called Home. The staff at Hardy treat each individual child with care. My children have had the opportunity to experience Music and Art in a different light. They have grown socially while attending Hardy. Hardy is also a place where my children and I feel safe. The parents, staff, and parents love Mr. Pope, the Principal of Hardy Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Hardy is a wonderful school with teachers and faculty who care about each and every student. Hardy is the best DCPS Middle School. Mr. Pope is a great principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
I love the principal, the teachers, the staff, the curriculm, the facility and the students. Combining strong academics with the music and arts program has created a well-balanced environment for my daughter to learn and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
This school has a great program with a strong core staff for each grade. The teachersand most of all the principal work with each child as and individual to bring out the best in them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
It provided my child with a safe environment and a place where the teachers took time to assist him with all his educational needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
A wonderful and caring principal and staff. My son is receiving a great education for his future!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
Great Leadership. Principal Pope is a rare asset, and sets a standard of excellence for his Teachers and Students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Hardy has been such a pleasant surprise! Their academics are rigorous, their sports programs are surprisingly wonderful, the teachers are communicative and challenging the kids. Overall, I couldn't be happier and my child loves all the extras like the sock hop and the pep rallies! Really exciting stuff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2009
I go to Hardy and it is an excellent school. I have been going there for three years and this is my last year. I will truly miss Hardy when I am promoted. The teachers are very great and helpful. I truly love Hardy. Going to Hardy makes me feel so proud.

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2009
Hardy middle school is great i never saw a middle school such as this one the school provide so many great things for the students and my child has learend so much from being at the school she has made all a's i never ever thought my child would be able to do that she made all a's two years in a row for each advisory now that this is her last year she is sad she love this school and so do i. Hardy your the best

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
I have two daughters in Hardy MS, and for the most part, it has been a terrific academic and social experience. Almost every teacher is excellent, and Principal Patrick Pope is amazing in recruiting and retaining top notch staff, and getting them to work as teams. Many DC students are not adequately prepared when they enter Hardy, but the program works hard to bring them up to and beyond grade level. All but the most gifted students are challenged as well, and there are plenty of opportunities for 'stretching' their leadership. Until the renovated building opens for the 2008/9 school year, the facilities are mediocre, but safe. There are insufficient extra-curricular activities, but blame that on DC funding. Discipline is always a challenge with middle-schoolers, but Mr. Pope uses a strict (some might say heavy) hand in encouraging the kids to become responsible for themselves and their behavior. We're happy there!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
I am an eight grader at Hardy Middle School, I have been here since the sixth grade, this school is very good and one of the best middle schools in Washington DC, everyone gets along and there is a lot of things students can get into after school. If you are looking for a middle school for your child I would highly recommend Hardy.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2006
I am a parent of a current 6th grader and a graduate of Hardy Middle School. I have only great remarks about the principal, teachers and administration of this school. I have seen the dedication and commitment that the principal has and know that the teachers are caring, involved and committed. In a time when we all question the quality and effectiveness of schools - Hardy Middle School stands out and gets an A.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2006
Hardy Middle School is a very great school in many ways. It has great academic programs and fabulous teachers. The 6th grade teachers have all been wonderful and they help the students understand more about everything. I am currently a 6th grader going on 7th and I love everything about Hardy M.S. There is a spectacular music program which performs city-wide. Each student has a choice of doing band or chorus.It has a variety of different sports such as football, vollyball, baseball, basketball, and track. We have a play each year and this past year we performed The Wiz. Also each student gets a choice of either learning French or Spanish. Hardy Middle school is a great place to learn.

- submitted by a student
December 31, 2005
I am at this time a seventh grader at Hardy Middle school. In my opinion I think my school has a wonderful learning atmosphere. Our teachers here at hardy teach to the best of their abilities. In addition to academic excellence there is also a choice of a second language, either french or spanish.{I recommend spanish} and either a instrumental or choral music course. There is also many events throughout the school year which give the student a opportunity to showcase their newly found talents. Theatrical arts is not a main course at Hardy, but there is an annual spring musical performed. Try outs are held during the winter months after school for all who are interested. There is also many extracurricular activities to chose from, such as Basketball, football, and volleyball for males and females. Also with the remodeling of the school in January hardy is a great school.

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2005
I am in sixth grade at Hardy.I think it is good and our grades are high and its interacial. we have kids from Africa,Peru,China,Korea,etc. the only problem is that we have too much problems with other schools.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2005
I am a 6th grader H.M.S. is great. not all schools have art,music,computer math, softball,majorettes,bands(jazz,orchestra,marching).Mr. pope is great. he knows all students by name, makes sure we have feild trips and fun. the teachers are great.

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2005
If you are thinking of sending your child to Hardy, please talk to a range of parents about Mr. Pope, the principal. Ask whether he listens to or respects parents' input, what his policies are for running the school, what the rules are and how they are formulated, how he imposes discipline and why, and whether the teachers feel comfortable disagreeing with him or standing up to him. There are much better alternatives around.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
I am a sixth grader at Hardy. That girl is lying to yall .The teachers at hardy are great and hardworking . Hey,girl ...have u ever thought that the problem was maybe hmm..the STUDENTS! DUH! The teachers have nothing to do with the violence . Hardy has excelling kids AND teachers and it is one of the best top three middle skools in dc,along with Deal and Jefferson .Try it and youll love it ,I promise you!

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2004
This school is a fun atmospherewere the teachers act like friends. Unfortunately, student are not able to work at their potential at this school. A straight a student can easily fall t c's d's and f's. Drugs, violents, and lack of structure make this school a big problem. I would like to add that not all of the teachers are so bad. Mr. Dunn, Ms. Brown, Mr. Chisolm, and the art teacher are some of the teachers that are helping the school. I am saying this as a former student. I am 13 and since have left Hardy. If you would like your children in an invironment like this, then send them to Hardy. You'll regret it.

- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2004
My daughter is now an 8th grader at Hardy. She came there for 6th grade. My son graduated from there last year after only being there for 8th grade. I feel that my children learned a lot and were exposed to children from different parts of the world. I feel the teachers really take an interest in the kids and will go that extra mile to help any kid who needs it.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2003
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All entering 6th grade students are required to sign up for instrumental instruction for all three years. Students can pick from several bands to participate in and students perform all over the city. We expect students to participate is the full range of extra curricular activities that are offered.

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Hardy Middle School
1819 35th St. NW, Washington, DC  20007
(202) 729-4350
Last modified Hardy Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hardy Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.