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Ross Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 154 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 22, 2013

Ross Elementary School is an excellent school. The Principal, the teachers and the staff are wonderful. My daughter just started and is having a very good experience. Her teacher is always available and sends regular newsletter and reports on the class. There is a wide-range of extra-curricular activities and field trips. We are very happy with this school and glad to join the Ross community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted September 6, 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


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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.
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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

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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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 43% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

17 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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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

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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

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All Students72%
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

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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

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 47% 1%
Black 25% 1%
Hispanic 13% N/A
Two or more races 8% 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 4%N/A13%
English learners 12%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 98%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 98%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 99%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students 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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Variety languages through Rosetta Stone
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 4:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Holly Searl
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Variety languages through Rosetta Stone
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • L2 (McPherson Sq - Chevy Chase Circle), S1, S2 (16th & Colorada Ave - Potomac Park/Federal Triangle), S4 (Silver Spring - Federal Triangle), G2 (Georgetown University - Howard University), 42, 43 (Mt Pleasant - Metro Center/Farragut Sq), D2 (Glover Park/Dupont Circle), N2, N4, N6 (Friendship Heights - Farragut Sq), 37 (Archives - Frienship Heights), 90, 92, 93 (Ellington Bridge - Anacostia/Congress Heights Station), 96 (Stadium Armory - McLean Gardens), X3 (Minnesota Ave - McLean Gardens), D3 (Ivy City), D6 (Sadium Armory)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Girls on the Run
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girls on the run
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Green/White
School mascot
  • Roadrunner
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