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Charter | 6-12 | 415 students

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Posted May 25, 2012

There is no structure at this school whatsoever. Higher ups are getting fat paychecks and kids are getting grades and gift cards for doing absolutely nothing. It is a sad state of affairs and a great example of the travesty of DC Schools and their horrible reputation.


Posted March 13, 2012

The current 2012 administration is a hot mess! Since Principal Allen was let go, this school is out of control. Acting Principal Pianim is biased toward her ineffective staff and favortisim is blatant. The senior class still has no idea where, when,or what to expect by JUNE and it is March. I agree with so many other parents that Options needs Mr Allen back ASAP! Until the current admin changes there DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILD! Parents have truly given up and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

This school has a lot of growing to do. The place is not strict enough and not enough homework is assigned for the students to get through to the next level.
—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 53% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
7%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
11%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
15%
Writing

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
8%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
10%
Science

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
2%
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 45% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
8%
Science

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%
Writing

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
11%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

43 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
3%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
15%
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 Students41%
Black, non-Hispanic41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students22%
Black, non-Hispanic22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
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 Students17%
Black, non-Hispanic17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students24%
Black, non-Hispanic24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students7%
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 Students21%
Black, non-Hispanic21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students14%
Black, non-Hispanic14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students11%
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 Students14%
Black, non-Hispanic14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Disabled10%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students11%
Black, non-Hispanic11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged11%
Disabled10%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students4%

Writing

All Students12%
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 "Priority".

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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

This school is a low-performing (Tier 3) school, according to the DC Public Charter School Board, the organization that regulates DC charter schools. Schools that are persistently or significantly low performing (Tier 3) could have their charters revoked, resulting in closure. If a school has been identified as low performing by a local authority and that designation could result in school closure, the school receives a "Below average" GreatSchools Rating.

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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Graduation rate

57%


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 100% 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 73%N/AN/A
Special education 64%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 90%N/AN/A
Female 91%N/AN/A
Male 89%N/AN/A
American Indian/Alaskan Native 97%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 90%N/AN/A
Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 89%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 93%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 90%N/AN/A
General-Education students 89%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 90%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Pioneer Award (2007)
  • Recognition of High Performance (2005)
  • Immunization Excellence/Department of Health (2006)

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
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 4:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Michelle Pianim
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

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  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
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
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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
  • School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Father's Club
  • Join PTO/PTA
School mascot
  • Panthers
More from this school
  • Strong PTO with parent representation on our Board of Trustees.
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1375 E Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Phone: (202) 547-1028

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