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Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School

Public | 9-12 | 411 students

We are best known for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
 
 

 
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Posted August 29, 2013

So far this school ROCKS!!!! the Administration is very attentive & caring. Never judge a school by the neighborhood. I was hesitant considering the benning road area but based on presentation, professionalism, curriculum & overall demeanor of the students PHELPS far exceeds my expectations... Looking forward to a great experience!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2012

Love it. My son transferred to this school from Orlando, FL. He was doing ok in Florida but not great. I was trying to figure out how I could get him into a private high school as I was terrified about what he may face in a DC Public School. My son is now flourishing under the total leadership at Phelps. Having some experience with private schools in the area, Phelps should be ranked among the best. Unless they change the leadership, my son will be back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

this school is great.i would reccomend it to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%
Writing

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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53%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

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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 Students47%
Black, non-Hispanic45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Black, non-Hispanic43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students35%

Writing

All Students35%
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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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

90%


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 93% 1%
Hispanic 4% 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 79%N/AN/A
Special education 12%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 96%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 99%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 95%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 94%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Deal Middle School
Stuart Hobson Middle School
Hardy Middle School
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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)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Step team
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45
School end time
  • 3:30
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Willie Jackson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 442-8438

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Vocational education
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 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
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Plumbing
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • 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
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-run shuttle from nearby metro and bus stops
  • Yes. Nearby lines: Minnesota Avenue Metro
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Associated General Contractors of Metropolitan DC
  • American Institute of Architects of DC
  • Architect of the Capitol
  • Truland Systems Corporation
  • Cisco
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Skiing
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Skiing
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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.)
  • Parent Teacher Student Association
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School colors
  • Blue, White, Silver, Black
School mascot
  • Panther
More from this school
  • All core courses will be taught using multiple intelligences, integrated core coursework, technical, career and social preparation, cooperative learning and team teaching to create a real world multidimensional academic environment. Students will learn in an exciting action oriented atmosphere facilitated by hands on learning and training.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
220
Students typically come from these schools
Deal Middle School
Stuart Hobson Middle School
Hardy Middle School

Planning ahead

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
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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704 26th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Phone: (202) 729-4360

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