"Our school is best known for the fabulous parent community support. "
Students enrolled 154
Hours 8:00AM - 6:00PM
School leader Holly Searl

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1730 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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(202) 673-7200
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4 stars
Based on 46 ratings

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October 23, 2014
It's my daughter's second year at Ross and she is growing so much. The environement and staff are excellent. We are truly happy that she is a Ross student and that we are also part of the Ross family.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
Ross is warm, supportive, and academically challenging. We could not ask for a better place for our daughter. We feel like we're getting a small private school experience. We also volunteer a lot, but so do most other families.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
My daughter is finishing second grade, and she has attended Ross since Pre-K. I have been very happy for the most part and so has she. It is a small and welcoming community. Principal Searl is a strong leader who has pulled off some great feats of scrappy entrepreneurialism. The parental engagement is of off-the-charts and makes a big difference. My primary complaint about Ross is its lack of modern languages. I hope that can be addressed someday. Otherwise, my daughter and I consider ourselves lucky to have found Ross.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Ross is a high performing warm, welcoming school that is giving our child the gift of a great academic experience coupled with strong social and ethical values through both instruction and example. Bravo, Ross!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I love the diversity at Ross and the fact that classes engage their students in many different ways including technology and the arts (Fillmore)! Teachers are very interactive with parents and provide a very supportive learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I am going on my 5th year as a Ross parent and really love the school and community. It is a very small and friendly community where all the kids know each other, despite the grade, as do most of the parents. Parents are very involved -- I think you have to be in such a small school, as there just aren't the economies of scale you find in larger schools. It is very diverse socio-economically and racially, and we have lots of families from other countries. The principal is fantastic -- creative, committed, and energetic -- and our staff is overall excellent. We have seen steady improvement in test scores since our family has been there -- it honestly just gets better each year.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Ross Elementary School in Washington DC is a wonderful school. As a parent of a current, attending student, I am pleased that my daughter is able to attend a school with a great teaching staff and a dedicated principal who takes her responsibilities as a leader seriously. I believe that the programs offered at Ross Elementary - aligned with the Common Core Standards - will help my daughter and fellow students - master the basic skills that are so important to middle, high school and even college success. I highly recommend parents and guardians consider this school as an educational option for their children. It is great to be part of a school where community support and parental involvement is a key component to the success of the school. Because of this, I do believe that event after my daughter graduates, my family and I will maintain a positive relationship with the Ross Elementary community.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I have two kids who attend Ross Elementary School in Dupont Circle. Our school rocks!! Thanks to our outstanding principal and teaching staff, we just achieved REWARD status. Our test scores went through the roof! I feel so fortunate to be at this small school where the teachers are smart, dedicated and focused on our children's academic growth.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
Our children have been at Ross since PK and we cannot praise it enough. There is a very close community of parents, children and teachers and we have found them to be extremely supportive every step of the way. It is a friendly, challenging, inspiring environment for children.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Ross provideds quality education and is a PTA driven school. The Principal works well with the PTA and teachers to ensure the needs of the children and parents are met.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
I have been a parent at Ross for about 3 years now. I was raised in DC Public schools and knew what to expect of them. However, Ross is not your typical DC school. There is so much parent involvement. The Ross community is so tight nit and very welcoming. Both my daughters attend this school and love it! The staff and faculty are very helpful and both of my daughters have shown significant academic growth throughout the year. I am very satisfied with both my daughters academic growth throughout the years at Ross. Every year the school get better and better. I am definitely a proud Ross parent!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
My 4 year old daughter is new to Ross Elementary School and is enrolled in Pre-K there. To date, we are pleased with the pace of classroom instruction, the quality of the teacher-student interaction, and the involvement of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The school makes appropriate use of external community resources to meet the needs of its students, including music, drama, and art.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
Ross is an amazing little school. High quality teachers, an atmosphere of calm learning and caring, and a tight community that has pulled together to create and do some pretty amazing things. Our daughter has been there for three years and we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
This School feels like a family. I am new to Ross Elementary as my child just entered Pre School. Thus far the environment has been very welcoming and the teachers and other staff of the school have all been open to discussion, questions and have offered assistance at all levels. It feel like I have entered a family at Ross. I also like the many initiatives that the school has and appreciate the use of technology. I much prefer to receive information and updates via email so this really works for me. The only reason I have not given 5 stars is because I am so new to the school. If things continue how they are going however, Ross will be getting 5 Stars for certain.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
We love Ross! This is my son's first year at Ross Elementary, he is in the first grade. We absolutely love the school. The staff is super friendly and welcoming as well as the other families. We feel at home at Ross and hope to be there until he graduates.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
The school is very welcoming and informative. I am adequately informed of my child's daily activities and school activities. My questions are answered and follow up information is provided. I am always invited to share in the learning process and what efforts/initiatives the staff is working on to improve the teaching and learning process. My children had a good school opening.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
My child started at Ross last year after transferring from another DC public school. We were welcomed by the amazing Ross community: a warm, engaged principal whose accessibilty and professionalism never cease to amaze me; teachers who go all out for their students and who work tirelessly to educate our kids; professional staff who work to keep our kids safe and happy; and an involved parent group that works collaboratively to support our principal and teachers. Ross is a hidden gem - a tiny school that serves a diverse community well. Our last school was well-regarded but rested on its reputation - I never felt we were part of a cohesive community and communication was not the best. At Ross, we will never have a fancy gym, art room or a million dollars of parent contributions. But we have a wonderful community that works hard to put our children's education and well-being first. My only wish is for a better middle school option but even there, parents are working tirelessly to try and change things for the better (all good in my humble opinion).

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
I love that in downtown DC our school feels like a family. We moved here last year and everybody welcomed us with love and support. The teachers here are amazing and really go above and beyond for the students. The worldwide diversity offers my children an experience that wouldn't be available in many places. We love Ross and are so fortunate to be part of the Ross family.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
We love our school! It's just around the corner, fantastic dynamic principal who gets stuff done in record time, committed teachers and staff, and a wonderful community of parents who are very involved in all aspects of the school. I wish it would go through 12 grade so that we don't have to move out of this great neighborhood for our kids to have quality public ed.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
In the last few years Ross has turned into a great neighborhood school. It's a place where children grow their love of learning and build lasting friendships. The parent community is fun and inviting too.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
We are entering our third year at Ross. Our two children have thrived there and loved their respective teachers. The PTA makes it really easy for parents to be super involved with the school. We love there is only one class per grade which enhances the wonderful community feel. We love that local businesses and neighbors support the school. We love Ross!!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
I have lived in the neighborhood a very long time and even volunteered at Ross many years ago when it was a different kind of school environment. Now my son is in Kindergarten and we couldn't be more thrilled. The brand-new renovation is fantastic and combines the best elements of the older 1888 building (original floors, big windows, large rooms) with bright, happy and modern upgrades that make it a comfortable and happy place to be (yay - new HVAC system!). Parents and the local community are involved with Ross and it shows. But the most exciting parts about Ross are the staff and teachers and the kids themselves. It's a friendly and diverse place and it's small size means that everyone gets to know one another and feel like they are involved in something special. I still will never love the evolution towards testing, testing, testing in all public schools but I think that Ross is a creative and interesting place to learn and that is what most parents are asking for ...

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
The teachers are warm and open. The children run to school and beg to stay and play at 3:15. I never saw anything like it!! Ms. Lee PS is wonderful as is her assistant Ms. Maria. Ms. Zuriga in PK looks to be just as intelligent and loving and dedicated. The community is international. Today in addition to US citizens from throughout the USA I met a new mother from Romania, parents from Armenia, parents from Kazachtistan, parents from Italy, Germany, Ethiopia, Pakistan, China, Viet Nam, El Salvador the Dominican Republic etc. Kids are adorable and very well behaved. A great atmosphere for social learning and academic success. We love you Ross School!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
My family has lived in DC 5 years. Initially we never considered a DCPS school for our now 6 year old daughter. At Ross since Pre-K, she has blossomed. Ross is the epitome of the great, small school. The just completed renovation is a remarkable improvement and makes the learning come alive thanks to the new technology at their disposal. We will hate to leave Ross once she completes 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Ross Elementary School is a great school! Principal Searl has proven to be a strong leader and the teachers and support staff are dedicated, professional and well qualified. We have a very strong PTA body and lots of parents do volunteer work on a regular basis. My son is very happy with his teachers and loves the aftercare program with all its enrichments (sport and academic alike). No wonder that the waiting list to get a spot at Ross is in the double digits!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
We moved back to DC last August in time for the new school year. My daughter had attended a phenomenal school in our previous location where she was in the gifted program, so I was very apprehensive about putting her in DC public schools, particularly with all the bad press the District was receiving at the time. However, I have to say, that Ross is a wonderful school. Principal Searl is a breath of fresh air. She is very "open door" with the parents, who are extremely active at this school. She also gives her staff room to be creative. My daughter's class has kids who fall into all learning levels, yet her teacher manages to challenge them individually with some wonderfully creative assignments. My daughter loves the partnership Ross has with Filmore Arts where once a week students attend music, arts & dance classes. Moreover, the after care program is the best I've experienced. So far my daughter has been able to take swimming lessons, do Girl Scouts, and attend a special Science Program (just to name a few). There are only 140 kids in the school which is nice because you really get to know the community. I think Ross is DC's best kept secret.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
I am glad that your daughter feels happy at Ross. I do however understand what the previous parent is going through. My son came to Ross in the middle of the school year from overseas with limited English. We enrolled him at Ross as it was our neighborhood school. Less than a month later, he started complaining that he was being made fun of by teachers. I did not pay much attention until another student (and her mother) told me how my son was being rediculed in science class by the teacher. The same teacher, responsible for after school Scrabble Club, would continue with his cruel tactics and give my son consonant lettes only, time after time, impossible for anyone to make words, let alone a child who's learning a new language. This again was confirmed by classmates; when confronted, the teacher denied any wrongdoing, implying that the children were not telling the truth. Also, the math teacher was also being harsh on him because he was unable to read "cursive" used for the problem of the day. We scheduled several meetings with the principal but she did not even show up (we met with the counsellor). We had no choice but to pull our boy out of the school. Former parent

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
Its a little better with the new principal but nepotism is still present with a few teachers who tell the so called "important parents" that their children are geniuses and the not so important parents how their children need a lot of help, with the same few kids being put on a pedestal for everything and anything. Students themselves know that this has been an ongoing trend among a couple teachers. It's time for this to stop as all children should be treated equally.

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no rating May 10, 2009
The recent post about the Ross science teacher is disturbing. This teacher breaks the mold --he's charismatic, fair and firm, and doesn't teach to any tests. He brings joy to his teaching and it's contagious. My children, who have moved on from Ross, still talk about the things they learned in his class. As for the kings/queens, the majority of students find it a fun and healthy competition, and in my experience, each student found the rewards attainable goals for all. If ever they get to a true state competition, it's a gentle test of their ability to handle the competition that all 'winners' (queens or kings?) will endure. As for the test scores, it's the measuring stick current Ross parents wished for in a new leader, and she's done an admirable job --I wish her luck with her families.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
DC CAS is finally over! As raising the scores by 20 points was the focal point of the school this year, teachers taught to the test and no more. A very small school of 134 students has a literacy coach and 2 full time ESOL teachers yet everyone in the class was expected to do the exact same activity. Science is quite scant. The teacher uses a bulletin board of science queens, kings, princes and princesses to show students' progress. When I asked the teacher why my child's name was nowhere to be found, he made a loadful of complaints about my childs lack of involvement and work habits. He was not interested when I told him my child was in ESOL. I discussed this specific matter with the administration severak tunes but saw no improvement or results. ROSS ES website is wonderful but unfortunately does not reflect reality.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
I feel that there is a lot of work to be done to get everyone on one accord. The school is more concerned with AYP DC CAS AND BAS test scores there is no time to focus on teaching the children a steady curriculum. The kids have to deal with a power hour in aftercare that they no longer go over homework' We parents work longer hours and pay for aftercare because it provided a time for homework. We are not asking for much.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2009
I feel very fortunate to have gotten my daughter into Ross. She is in Pre-K 4 this year. Her pre-K 4 teacher is fabulous! And, all of my daughter s other teachers -- Spanish, science, phy-ed--are wonderful too. The new principal has a vision for the school and is working hard to make the vision a reality. The entire faculty is working hard to make this a top notch school. The school is incredibly diverse and has good parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
The school's strenth is in its pre-primary and kindergarten programmes. I recommend it strongly. Beyond that Ross becomes a different school in terms of teacher quality and overall educational and growth experience, especially in grades 3-5. Strong PTA.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2009
There is a great need for differentiation at Ross ES. We came from overseas during the second half of last year and had a positive experience with my son's teachers. This year however is a different story as the school is following the total inclusion model where all students stay in the regular classroom. In November, I scheduled a meeting with the principal and teachers and expressed that my child was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed because the work required from him was too difficult. The teachers basically blamed him for lack of motivation and concentration and said the others were doing fine. The principal defended the teachers saying they were experienced and were preparing all students to make AYP. She added that the ESOL teachers would support inside the classroom and not pull students out. Since then, we are being treated dismissively and sarcastically by Ross faculty.

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December 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
I am disappointed in the quality of my child's teachers this school year. With small classes, teaching could definitely be more student centered rather having 'workshops' for every subject where groups of students work cooperatively to come up with the correct answer. It seems one person does the work and the others copy. I have asked several of my child's classmates if the classroom teacher meets with the small groups and the answer has always been 'not really, she sometimes gives us the correct answers at the end'. I truly hope Ms. Alexander realizes this and hires quality staff passionate in teaching.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
The school year has just begun, & already I feel the dismay of other concerned parents in the air. To start, we have lost a potentially good and caring principal, Ms. Sandra Gonzalez, we've lost a teacher's aide, and we've lost a lot of students parents due to the drastic changes, and the nasty politics that seem to lurk around the corner. Also, the atmosphere of joy and warmth and cohesive parental support, seem to have died down a bit. Perhaps its also due to the major changes. Needless to say, the new principal, Ms. Alexander needs a chance to respond and motivate the parents at Ross, to become the warm and familial environment that we have come to love. Best foot forward!

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January 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
Ross is an excellent school. Ms. Durkin,is an remarkable teacher. She really cares about her students. The kids are very disciplined and well behaved. I have seen a tremendous change in my daughter's work habits since being in her class. Ross has started a Soccer Team for the 1st grade class and the kids love it. I would recommend Ross Elementary to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2006
With a new principal in 2006, Dr Hartsock, parent participation has grown exponentially. Additionally, new programs, such as Filmore Arts, new PE teacher, improved facilities, and more active and supportive PTA has dramatically increased enrollment. New extended Aftercare program rapidly became an example to emulate within DCPS. Academics and curriculum are improving. Expectations of parents and teachers alike are high. Children are well behaved. School uniforms are required. Support from the community remains strong and vibrant. Demographics or neighborhood are changing-more in boundary parents are sending their kids to Ross. An up and coming school. Look and tour Ross before you consider a private school. Ross is a public school with private school qualities.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
Ross Elementary School is absolutely outstanding. As mentioned in the other reviews the small close knit school has much support in the community (Carnegie, Starbucks, Safeway to name a few). Some of my co-workers participate in the Everybody Wins program, a great program with one on one reading assistance for the children. Ross is a great multi-cultural school for all. I currently have two children that attend the school. I would like to personally Thank you staff for all of your help.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2004
This is a hidden gem in the Dupont Circle area. I have two children that attend this school. It is a very diverse school and one of the best elementary schools in DC!

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Ross Elementary School
1730 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20009
(202) 673-7200
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Ross Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top