"We are best known for our Academics, Arts and Athletics."
Students enrolled 700
Hours 8:35 am - 4:15 pm
School leader Jami D.H. Dunham
Transportation options Yes
District Paul Jhs Pcs
Before school no info
After school Yes

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5800 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

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(202) 291-7499
(202) 291-7495
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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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April 30, 2014
My son has attended Paul PCS Middle School since the 6th grade and he enjoys going to school everyday the teachers are great. He will graduate this year from 8th grade and I am very pleased with the hard work and dedication from the teachers and staff. I highly recommend this school to parents that are looking for a middle school for their child.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I am really appreciating the positive programs that Paul is implementing for the highschool male students. Promoting positive programs and role models for male students is a step in the right direction which can also lead to higher test scores from the male population.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Paul Public Public Charter/ International is one one the greatest shcools in DC. I am a proud parent and would like to show my support for PPCS.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
This school is phenomenal!! My son has been in the middle school since the 7th grade and has truly flourished. The teachers are great and put in so much effort to ensure that the scholars progress educationally, socially and mentally.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My school is a great school for students to learn. It is a wonderful place for our children to enjoy discovering who they are.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Paul is an ok school. I find them to have the resources it takes to teach kids however they do NOT push the kids hard enough. My son comes home with every bit of 5 MINUTES worth of homework. I have to get books for him to read on my own and give him extra work at home to challenge him because Paul does not do that. If they did they would be a pretty good school.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
I have to be honest and report that the high school is simply NOT READY!! I can see it with my own eyes and my child tells me certain things that he notices as well. I also noticed they can't seem to keep a a staff. There is a lot of turnovers. The Chemistry teacher quit the first week of school and they just hired a new teacher starting the 2nd advisory which means my child has lost out on learning for the 1st quarter. The space is very tight for the 10th grades. I am truly not pleased and is very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My school is a Tier 1 School with excellent academic classes as well as excellent arts and athletics classes and programs. Paul was a traditional DC public middle school until 2000 when its then principal, Cecile Middleton, converted the school to a charter school. Paul continues to serve primarily students who live nearby. Five years ago Paul PCS added a ninth grade academy so that graduates from 8th grade who were not ready for a large high school environment could stay another year. Last year, the DC Public Charter School Board approved the expansion of Paul PCS to include a full high school. In August of this year, Paul welcomed 10th graders who will be the first graduating class in 2016. Paul's high school offers an international studies program designed to teach students the skills they will need not only to go to college but also to be responsible global citizens. Each high school student will be expected to have an international study experience before graduation. Paul offers a warm, nurturing environment as well as rigorous academic classes.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2013
Paul PCS is an awesome school with a great environment for both the students and the staff. As we continue to see the decline in graduation rates for our students across the nation, we understand the need to keep our Paul scholars here for middle and high school and that is why we're expanding from 6-9 to 6-12th, graduating our first class in 2016. We're excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our Paul M.E.R.I.T. Scholars. With an intensive academic curriculum, students have the opportunity to shine in arts and athletics as well. Paul's staff is extremely family oriented, which really helps with your day to day at the school! GO PIRATES!

- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2013
Paul Public Charter school. I have three children that attend paul 6,7,and 8. When my now 8th grader was in 6th grade paul was a decent school, but over the years it has declined. It seems that the administration are more concerned with the number of students that they have that they are now excepting and tolerating any kind of misbehavior from children. The head of school can only be seen when it's time to stand up in front of parents for an award ceremony but you can't get in touch with her on a day to day. The some of the teachers are just there for a pay check and it shows no requiring much from the students. I would not recommend Paul and the stage it is at right now. Forgot to mention the secretaries in the main office that act like when you call the office it's a inconvience to them and are very moody. As a parent I am very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
Paul is an excellent school where students are carefully placed into classes based on their needs and strengths. It's principal is caring and passionate about the success of all Paul students. I have worked there for 6 years and am proud to say that above all else, the staff care about student success and act accordingly. We had a record number of students this year move on to competitive private high schools and have prepared them for the challenge. There is a wide variety of free extra-curricular activities and programs to support students academically and socially.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 03, 2009
My daughter has been attending Paul since the 6th grade and has continued to excel each year. The curriculum is excellent and the staff works hard to keep the parent well informed on student status. My daughter will be going to high school next year and I am confident that she has acquired all the necessary skills that will allow her continued success in the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
The staff at Paul really care about the children and they go an extra mile to help them receive the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
I am a former student (class of '09') and I have to say Paul is on of the best public charter schools in the District. The teachers really do want you to do their best and the principal was great. Although she retired at the end of the SY 08-09, she was one of those principals who you actually get to see in the hallways everyday instead of hiding behind her desk all day and only coming out to speak at only graduations and assemblies like other principals. The school tries to give every student as much opportunities as possible. However, it's not perfect. The foreign language program could be much better and alot of the students can be very rude and ignorant, but you can make good friends there (i did).

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
I love this school I love the curriculum and the way my child is challenged at this school now I know I made the best choice for my child

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
This year is my son's first year attending Paul, and I've been impressed with the school. I thought the transition to middle school was going to be difficult for my son, but Paul made adapting to the sixth grade as smooth as I would have liked.

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May 29, 2008
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April 24, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2008
this is an excellent school. The teachers keep you well informed about your child, and the parents are very involved with the school. The staff is wonderful and they truly care about the success of your child.

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January 27, 2008
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January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
I was a student and Paul has made me who I am today and lated me know that I could get far in my life.

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2007
I am a student at Paul. Paul overall is one of the best middle school in DC. You learn so much and receive so many opportunities. Paul prepares you for high school. I applied to many boarding schools for high school and I was accepted into all of them. The teachers at Paul always show support and their musicals are phenomenal. If you have ever experienced our Character Education Supervisor you know from the start your child will become very disciplined here. We have MERIT time in which students can relax, read and improve our vocabulary. Paul offers so many extra curricular and elective classes. The foreign language department work intesively to give us the best education as well. I am glad and proud to be a Paul student.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2007
Paul Public Charter has been the best middle school for my child. I am sorry I did not enrolled her since the 7th grade. The teachers are wonderful, and I am really happy with their discipline. It also helps my child choose a good high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
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November 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 05, 2006
I am the parent of a 7th grader at paul. I have read the reviews and would like to add my own. My son is having a great experiance at paul. He has attended both public and private schools. I believe that paul's environment is well structured, its academic programs strong, the administration both thoughtful and in control, and the teachers genuinely concerned. There will always be those who are unhappy with something when it comes to schools regarding either their experience or their child's. Not every place is for every learner- it's a fact. I know this: whenever i contact teachers, they respond; we work as a team in my son's educational experience. Conferences not only include grades but discussions on how to help my son be a better role model and a better leader. He is excited and doing well. We love paul! (this is not a paid endorsement!)

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
I am a parent of a 7th grader who was part of the first 6th grade class. I decided to remove my child from the DC Public School system and try the charter school experience. She excelled wonderfully. I have been more than happy with the teachers and administrators and highly recommend Paul.

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March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2005
I am a student at Paul Public Charter School. This school is strict but fun. My mother is so impress by the teachers and principal. She was so happy that I got into it. To me she was over excited! But i can say that this school is the best! I hope parents enroll their children into this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 01, 2005
I have read these comments, and just like everything at that school, it is just a front trying to put the school in a good light.Paul is no better than any other public or charter school.The administration does alot of cover up and coaching students as well as their parents to say good things about the school.....its like do something good for me I'll do something good for you in return.What needs to happen.....make a plea for past employees and get feedback from them.

- submitted by a former student
June 27, 2005
I believe that Paul Public Charter has a very good diciplinary system and I recommend that parents send your children because theyy will learn all they can and suceed.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2005
I am a parent of a seventh grader at Paul Junior High Public Charter School. Although my child is not performing well, I cannot say enough about the wonderfully dedicated staff and administrators. They offer a myriad of opportunities for every child. They come in early and stay late; they work as a team to motivate and encourage learning and good character; they provide step-by-step instruction so that our children can stay focused. Paul is the best place for a teen to be. Oh, and the Assistant to the Head of School knows every child and their strengths and weaknesses - that's a plus.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
I am a parent of the first set of 6th grade children in the school. I know the school year is just getting started however, I am so impressed with the involvement of the teachers and the structure of the school. Keep up the magnificent work that you believe in.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
Hello i am actually a graduate from paul in the class of '03'. I had a very broad and fun experience at this school. Not only did this schoool get me prepared for high school, but it helped me get into 1 of the best high schools here in dc. So i would really recommend for 1 to enroll their kids at this particular school.

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2004
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Paul PCS is a place where all students can find a place to fit in and thrive. This is especially important for middle school students. We specialize in catering to the needs of adolescents and the transition to high school. Paul is the only conversion charter, with a nearly 85 year history as an educational institution. Paul PCS is not expanding to offer all of the high school grades. Paul International High School will exist on the same campus and is designed to ensure college access.

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Paul PCS
5800 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20011
(202) 291-7499
Last modified Paul PCS is a Charter school that serves grades 6-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paul PCS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews.