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Randle Highlands Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 363 students

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Posted March 4, 2013

Mrs. Smith,the P-K is an Excellent Teacher,my Grandson has mastered skills that has prepared him for Kindergarden and learning skills for College. I saw a transformation of a "special" child go from" not wanting to put on his coat to leave"; to Mrs. Smith holding him for a minute, talking to him and now you can't tell him from the other children. Mrs. Smith we need more Teachers like you!!!!!! This school is striving for EXCELLENCE! under the direction of the Principal and Teachers.


Posted August 15, 2010

I am a old student from randle highlands I've been there since pre-k - 5 grade I've graduated 2 years ago, and i am proud to know that my old school is getting better and better each year. I Keona Wynn recommend any parent to enroll there child to this well educated school. I wanna give a thx to ms. parker, ms.colston, ms.stafford, ms.p. davis, ms.perry,ms.audu, ms.crochan,ms.lucas, ms.gray and ms.brooks and the rest.


Posted May 20, 2010

The school and staff is awesome!!! They have Cub Scouts for my son to enhance his social skills and tutoring to further his education. The Teachers go beyond their job description. I just love Randle Highlands!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

This school is an excellent school that shouldn't be in the same category with ORR at all.The teachers are excellent especially Mrs. Kabrerra and Mrs. Sullivan.Alyssa Best us forever greatful and so are her parents.I wish the school offered more Fine arts and lanquages and as much hip-hop themed activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

There are many Terrific accolades that attributes to Randle Highlands, they have a dedicated Principle who knows, values and understands higher education, daily she implements her vision of exceeding the expectations of her students. The teachers from grade level headstart to 5th grade contribute their personal time to ensure each students is on the right academic level. Continuously, the teachers and staff dedicate their day to assisting each child at their own direct needs. I am a proud parent of Randle Highland students, I recommend any parent who has a desire to enroll their child(ren) at Randle Highlands, you won't be disappointed. We have an array of extra curricular activities for our children, such as Chess, Tennis, African Dance, and a Step Team, Debate/Geo-Plunge these activities are offered to our student body and rendered by our teachers and staff. I recommend parents to enroll their children in Randle Highland ES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

The principal sets the tone for the school. I have tried to talk to the principal several times about this school and didn't get a straight answer not once. Randle Highlands had lots of after school programs and there aren't that many anymore. The parent use to volunteer for the after school program but the moral is so low that the parents no longer volunteer. I have tried to volunteer for several after school activities but the principal told me that all the activities would have to be on Saturday. The children have no fun after school activity such as cheerleading, baseball and basketball which used to be very popular until the volunteers transfer to other school or quit. Randle Highland is going downhill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My child has attended Randle Highlands for the past seven years, and I 'm outraged at the lack of support from our parents. As parents we need to play a positive role in our children's life and stop pointing fingers at each other. We need to make the difference in our children's future. I always hear about what is not being done, but I hardly ever hear about what is being done. The Principal does not run the school by herself. It takes teachers, parents, and the community. When our Saturday School funding was cut, it was the Principal that keep the program going with funds out of her own pocket. The teachers at Randle Highlands work hard to make sure all of our children are not left behind. Come to the school and see what a difference you can make our children's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

When my daughter started at Randle Highlands in PreK, it was wonderful and the former Principle Mr. Tony Jones was great!! Since Mr. Jones retired, the school has experienced a steady decline for quality education. The current Principle is not trustworthy and most of the teachers have been replaced with teachers that are not dedicated to their students and leave out the door as soon as the school day ends. I have one more child left at the school but will be looking for another school to put her in next year. Randle Highlands is not the school that it use to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

Randle Highaland ES is a great school with a great principal and great teachers who care about the childrens education and their success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2009

Randle Highlands is a terrific school..I loved it there in elementary school...Recent grad of hs this year...And the best principal was Mr.Jones R.I.P. The education was outstanding, I guess it was because I always received the principals list award..And honor roll... Enroll your children in this school, I will vouche for it have a nice day
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 7, 2009

Randle Highlands is a great school over all. Aside from the current Principal bringing down the moral of Staff and several parents confirming the Principals lack of involvement everything is fine however I question the schools reputation, ratings and risk of losing wonderful teachers and staff as well as students if nothing is done. We have a PTA which rallied to remove the previous Principal but with the head of the present PTA committee and the Principal being so close it may be difficult. The principal has connections to Oak Hill and is a former Principal for Anacostia. With the Principals background in Youth Corrections and Highschool students she treats the school body in that manner and loses site that the children are in Elementary. She is not a good communicator, she does not follow through or keep her word, hides behind her staff and does not appropriately address issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

My three children received there primary education at Randle Highlands. They attended Randle Higlands from September 1993 through June 2008, Even though that was the last school year that a child of mine attended there, that school, and its staff will always have a special place in our hearts. Randle Highlands is more than a school setting, it is a family. The teachers there want the children to excel, and encourage parents to be involved. In the 15 years that my children were there I never encountered a Principal, a teacher nor staff member, that was anything less than profesional and helpful. My children even plan on sending their children to Randle, when they become parents. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes about their experience at Randle. It is truly the best school in Washington, D.C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

My family goes back with Randle Highlands atleast 20 years. My older cousins, sisters, neices & nephews have attended. I have watched the school evolve into an even better place where children/parents can come, feel safe and be apart of the Randle Highlands Family. THis definitely is a home away from home, the staff wants to help, it really does take a village, any parent of any nationality in the Highland area should consider Randle Highland ES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

My son has been at RHES since Pre-K, the staff are wonderful. I swore my son wasn't going to attend a public school, but his grandmother lived in the neighborhood and told me to try it out so I did. OMG!!!! I fell in love with the school. He is now going to be in the 5th grade this school year. I now am thinking about what I am going to do after 6th grade. OMG, I wish they were a school with all grades My baby girl is 2 and I pray that they start a Head Start program within the next year.. I am soo proud of Randle Highland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

the school realy focus on the kids and family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

I love this school my daughter attends. I also use to be a former teacher. This is not your regular school but a home away from home. The work that the teachers do to support families is wonderful. At this time and I am trying to get my 3 year old ready for Pre K at Randle Highland. I would love to see Head start at Randle Highlands it would also help the community needs and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

This school is an asset to the community by providing a structured learning environment with good administrators, teaching staff and a wide array of afterschool programs and activities. My first grader loves attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 43% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

40 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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

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51%

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35%

2010

 
 
47%
Writing

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
22%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

159 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

52 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
22%
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 Students18%
Black, non-Hispanic18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Black, non-Hispanic33%
Asiann/a
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White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
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 Students40%
Black, non-Hispanic40%
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White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Black, non-Hispanic43%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students31%
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 Students27%
Black, non-Hispanic27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Black, non-Hispanic50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students18%
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 "Developing".

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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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 99% 1%
Two or more races N/A 57%
White N/A 1%
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 65%N/AN/A
Special education 15%N/A13%
English learners 0%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 98%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Hispanic 97%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 98%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 98%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • GeoPlunge Geography and Debate Team SE Championss (2013)
  • Arthur Ashe Academics/Tennis League - 1st Place

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • 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
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)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Tracy Foster
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (202) 645-3911

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Blended Learning
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • 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
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Gardening
  • GeoPlunge Debate/Geography
  • Girl scouts
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • Green & Yellow
School mascot
  • Hornet
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1650 30th St. SE
Washington, DC 20020
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Phone: (202) 729-3250

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