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Cesar Chavez PCS - Capitol Hill

Charter | 9-12 | 392 students

We are best known for our unique public policy program.

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted October 18, 2013

This school is a great college prep. School. The teachers are great to work with and make time for the students.


Posted January 26, 2010

I am impressed with this school. My daughter is new to the school and the country and the Vice Principal, Miss Keaton and her staff have made the transition reaaly smooth. She is excelling as the teachers make an extra effort to ensure that she along with other students leave the building each day with new knowledge. Discipline is good and there is obvious care and concern for each student. I just love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

I consider Cesar Chavez one of the best schools in Washington DC. For me, what makes the school special is the public policy program that allows students to learn about issues of public concern and come up with solutions to them. This is important for me as student because I feel that it gives me thinking and leadership skills. At the same time we help our community. I think Chavez is a very good school and should make the school admissions stricter in order to have a better environment where all students give their best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2006

great teaching, needs more arts options and sports. more parents should get involved. excellent public policy program and internships.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted August 31, 2005

Cesar Chavez Public charter High school is one of the best schools I have ever attended. I learn so much from this school. This school is preparing me for my future. Not just college, but my everyday life. Chavez teacheers are so wonderful, they don't hold any information from you, if they fill that you should know something then, trust me you will know by the end of the school year. This school is just so wonderful. That was for the parents. For the childern, don't think that you will come to Chavez with any type of attitude problems, because they will nip it in the bud so fast. But you'll still have fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2004

I value Cesar Chavez school because it has taught my daughter the importance of getting a good education and it pushes her to do her best. The teachers keep her motivated and challenged. The teachers are so involved in her learning and mastering the necessary skills to succeed I will always be in debt to them. When you have a strong leader it trickles down. This is so evident at Cesar Chavez.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy is a great school because it prepares young students prepare for college. Cesar Chavez PCHS get's the youth involved with the community which is something important. Everyone should be involved to make the community of Washington DC better in many ways. This what a great school does; prepare students for the future for a better life.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 45% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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42%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%
Writing

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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71%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

104 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

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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

All Students42%
Black, non-Hispanic37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Black, non-Hispanic45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students43%

Writing

All Students54%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT/SAT participation

100%

ACT/SAT college ready

19%

Graduation rate

64%


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).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 85% 1%
Hispanic 15% N/A
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 44%N/AN/A
Special education 16%N/A13%
English learners 2%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 87%N/AN/A
Female 88%N/AN/A
Male 86%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 97%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 87%N/AN/A
Hispanic 90%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 95%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 86%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 88%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 81%N/AN/A
General-Education students 87%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 91%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 87%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 76%N/A75%
Female 82%N/A77%
Male 73%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 85%N/A77%
Hispanic 67%N/A62%
Economically disadvantaged 85%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 70%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 67%N/A94%
General-Education students 79%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Pepperdine
George Mason
Trinity
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • We the People city wide competition (2011)
  • Youth & Government (2011)

Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15am
School end time
  • 3:26pm
School Leader's name
  • Daneen Keaton
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
School mascot
  • Eagle
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pepperdine
George Mason
Trinity
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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709 12th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Phone: (202) 547-3424

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