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Hardy Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 404 students

We are best known for academics, music and art.
 
 

 
 
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Posted July 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted April 19, 2010

Outstanding leadership and staff: teamwork. Complete and thorough implementation of a quality program under Principal Pope.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted April 19, 2010

Great programs, administration, teachers and students! This is a wonderful learning environment for all!...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 16, 2010

Hardy has the best teachers and principal, Patrick Pope. They truly care about the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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 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 53% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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66%

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65%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

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55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
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 65% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
67%
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 2011.

506 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

502 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

156 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students60%
Black, non-Hispanic52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Black, non-Hispanic41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
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 Students66%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students83%
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 Students74%
Black, non-Hispanic70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students66%
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 69% 1%
Hispanic 18% N/A
White 7% 1%
Asian 4% N/A
Two or more races 3% 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 56%N/AN/A
Special education 9%N/A13%
English learners 3%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

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

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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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
  • Hearing impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Patricia Pride
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 576-9443

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
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
  • Hearing impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • 31 (Wisconsin Avenue Line), 32, 36 (Pennsylvania Avenue Line), 34 (Naylor Road Line), D1 (Sibley Hospital-Stadium/Armory Line), D2 (Glover Park-Dupont Circle Line)
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Black Women in Sports
  • Georgetown University
  • Pigskin Club
  • Safeway
  • Starbucks
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Science club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Connections to community resources.
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Navy blue and white
School mascot
  • Hawks
More from this school
  • 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 typically has students from over 35 elemtary schools across the city.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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Banneker Academic High School/Ellington School of the Arts
Wilson SHS
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1819 35th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
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