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Washington Math Science and Technology PCS

Charter | 9-12 | 354 students

We are best known for math and science programs.

 
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2011:
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Posted April 1, 2013

WMST recently became an International Baccalaureate (IB) school which continues to demonstrate quality & excellence! They offer strong AP courses as well. Congratulations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

WMST Public Charter High School is a great school. As a parent of two current WMST students, I have witnessed the high quality of education and the nurturing environment that this school provides for its students. The teachers have high expectations for the students and work hard to assist the students in meeting those expectations and requirements. They also help students during the lunch period and after school. The administrators, as well as the staff, are especially caring and competent individuals. I have had very good experiences with the school and I would definitely send my younger children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

This is not a good school. Students dont care to work. Campus is one tiny building next to KFC and McDonalds with 2 floors. and 1 hallway on each floor. They have no sports programs except for basketball and they are pretty bad. Only good thing i can say is that there are a couple good teachers but its not worth it at all. If you are trying to go to a good public school go to Wilson or McKinley and if you are trying to go to a good private go to Gonzaga which is nearby or DeMatha. Teachers are good though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I was a student at WMST a year ago. I graduated in 2008. It would not have been possible without the teachers and administrators there who helped me succeed. I highly recommend this school to any parent searching for a great High school for their child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2009

I have a daughter who first attended this school when she was in the 9th grade, she is now a senior, and will be atteending college. This is one of the best charter schools in the District Of Columbia. The teachers are very friendly and accesible.The students are very happy and friendly as well, they learn your name and speak to you every time they see you. The curriulum is awesome and my child has learned a lot. I'm glad I made this choice. You should too. Thank you WMST.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

i love this school.it's great...and most important you learn a lot of new things.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%
Writing

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

66 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

66 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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 Students43%
Black, non-Hispanic43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Black, non-Hispanic53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students36%

Writing

All Students59%
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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Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the city.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT/SAT participation

74%

ACT/SAT college ready

11%

Graduation rate

87%


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 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 60%N/AN/A
Special education 10%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 99%N/AN/A
Female 98%N/AN/A
Male 100%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Hispanic 100%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 99%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 98%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 100%N/AN/A
General-Education students 99%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 99%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 99%N/A75%
Female 98%N/A77%
Male 100%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 99%N/A77%
Hispanic 100%N/A62%
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/A96%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 99%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Kipp Key
Howard University Middle
Paul
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 25% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 50% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 6% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 9% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Delaware State University
Fayetteville State University
University of Pennsylvania
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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)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
School Leader's name
  • 'N'Deye Diagne, Ph.D.'
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 636-3495

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • 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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
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
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
School leaders can update this information here.

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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Game club
  • JROTC
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
School colors
  • Black & Silver
School mascot
  • Panthers
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
120
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
300
Students typically come from these schools
Kipp Key
Howard University Middle
Paul

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Delaware State University
Fayetteville State University
University of Pennsylvania
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
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 25%
4 year college - 50%
Military - 10%
Vocational - 6%
Workforce - 9%
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1920 Bladensburg Road, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Phone: (202) 636-8011

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