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DC Bilingual PCS

Charter | PK-5 | 339 students

Bilingual Education--Engilsh and Spanish. 50/50 model

 
 
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Posted April 23, 2013

Great programs and teacher each year gets better and better. I'm glad to be part as a parent of DCBPCS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

DC Bilingual is a great bilingual dual immersion program. The literacy focus of teaching students how to read, write and communicate in both Spanish and English is top notch. The principal Wanda Perez and her management team and teachers are excellent and held to high standards. Each year gets better and better! The parent community cares about the school and their kids learning and involvement increases each year as well. My kids are very happy at the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

This is a great school. I went to private school growing up and I think that this is a better education and is bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

Great dual immersion (Spanish) program which uses the 50/50 model. Excellent director who is always willing and able to respond to concerns about teachers, curriculum etc. The population is getting more diverse which is great. Teaching standards vary from classroom to classroom which is true in any school. Our children are happy there. The location can be a pain with so much traffic congestion, but they do have traffic directors during drop off and pick up. Parent involvement is increasing every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

Great dual immersion school that is Pre-K 3 - 4th grade. Wanda Perez is excellent. Teachers are getting better and are kept to very high teaching standards. Facility is very nice although a bit cramped.
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
30%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
32%
Science

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
40%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

38 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
40%
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 Students49%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficient49%

Reading

All Students62%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficient61%
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 Students70%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanic70%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanic63%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students70%
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 Students65%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students81%
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

What is the 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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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).

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 84% N/A
Black 9% 1%
White 5% 1%
Two or more races N/A 57%
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 86%N/AN/A
Special education 12%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 94%N/AN/A
Female 94%N/AN/A
Male 94%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 97%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 90%N/AN/A
Hispanic 94%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 95%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 95%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 93%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 95%N/AN/A
General-Education students 94%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 94%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 94%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff 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
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
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
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 4:00 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
  • Wanda Perez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
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
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • Blue, Red
School mascot
  • Bilingual Bee
School leaders can update this information here.

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Capital City PCS
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