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J.O. Wilson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 430 students

We are best known for award winning French Program.
 
 

 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
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Posted Friday, April 18, 2014

We've been at J O Wilson since my son entered the PS-3 class and now he's in first grade. With each year, it seemed to get better. The parents that are involved in the PTA, continues to build a community in support of the children and families at the school. The teachers at the school are exceptional and I have seen such growth in my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

I'm am a huge fan of this school! Initially, I was just passing though and expected to move my child to another school after PK based on one of the reviews, but it has grown so much since that time and continues to be an interactive, fun, community-based environment for me and a place where my child thrives and loves learning! I have had great experiences since we've been here; child is in K now. Love Ms. Moore and Ms. Casper!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

My daughter has attended J.O. Wilson since she was 3 years old. She is now a rising second grader with an insatiable curiosity that is encouraged and supported by the teachers and staff at her school. The teachers she has had have taken an adaptive learning approach, rather than sticking with the curriculum as proscribed. For my child, and many in her class, this has resulted in reading 2 or more grade levels above and an interest in the next concept to be tackled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

My son has been a student at J.O. WIlson since he was 3 years old and he is now 7. I love that Wilson has teachers who are willing to go above and beyond to push the students to strive for excellence. My son is in the first grade reading at a third reading level. They have an excellent afterschool program, where they have to start or complete part of the homework assignments, extra curricular activities such as soccer, cheerleading, drama club, etc. I love the parent, teacher, staff and community partnership we have at J.O. Wilson. We are like a family here. I am excited about my 3 year old attending school here in August. I am sure it will a great experience as it is with my oldest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

Two of my children attend this school. My 5 year old is doing well with reading and math...he enjoys his teacher and class. My daughter is in the TAG 2nd grade program, she is being pushed (positively) and the results are good. It is a 8 out of 10 when rating other school experiences I have had previously in this area. (Maury ES, and Ludlow-Taylor ES)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

We have been very impressed with J.O. Wilson's early childhood program. The Tools of the Mind Curriculum, a play based approach, is so much more then just play. Our son adores his teacher and we are very pleasantly surprised with his experience so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

School is just ok!!!! Son is in pre-school and I had high hopes at the begining of the year, but the teacher, principal, curriculum, and paental involvement have left a lot to be desired and extinguished my excitement. In all fariness, I have seen some growth in my son's language skills and sense of independence, but just I'm not sure how much can be attributed to JO. In short, it's fine for pre-school and pre k, but i wouldn't keep my child there there beyond that point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

J. O. Wilson is a WONDERFUL school! Just WONDERFUL! My children are blossoming. They are self assured and proud. The staff are amazing. J.O. Wilson is a fantastic choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

My son is in his second year at JO. There have been ups and downs but I see demonstrated growth in him and his friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

I have been a volunteer at J.O. Wilson for at least 10 years. It has always been a good school. Now it's great--with dedicated teachers, a wonderful principal, energetic volunteers. And it has just been beautifully renovated! What a source of pride for everyone.


Posted May 19, 2010

In a city where you re constantly inundated with horror stories about its public schools, JO Wilson has been a great surprise for my family. It is a great school! From the principal down to the teachers in the classroom, it is a cohesive community that works together in a friendly and positive environment. The school s principal, Ms. Warley is always working hard to improve the school and is accessible at all times. This school under the leadership of the principal is providing a great place to learn. I rate this school 10 out of 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

JO Wilson Has the best teachers in DC. My son goes there and they really care about every student. We love Ms. Smith that teaches 3rd grade. She treats every student like they are hers...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I rate this school a 10. Excellent academic program. Outstanding teachers.
—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.

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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 43% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
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

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
41%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students63%
Black, non-Hispanic61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Black, non-Hispanic54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
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 Students64%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Black, non-Hispanic43%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students49%
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-Hispanic65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students39%
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 "Reward".

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
Black 91% 1%
Hispanic 4% N/A
White 3% 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 60%N/AN/A
Special education 12%N/A13%
English learners 3%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 100%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 100%N/AN/A
Hispanic 100%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 100%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 100%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Distinguish Principal (2009)
  • Washington Post Principal of the Year (2011)
  • Adequate yearly progress (2009)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Geo Plunge Champs (2009)
  • Geo Plunge Champs (2010)
  • National scrabble compettion (2013)

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
  • Multiple disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Dance club: Modern
  • Drama club
  • Step team
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Special olympics
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
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
  • Heidi Haggerty
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 698-4727

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Tools of the Mind-ECE
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Writing
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
  • Multiple disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • D3 (Ivy City-Dupont Circle Line), D4 (Ivy City-Franklin Square Line), D8 (Hospital Center Line), 90, 92, 93 (U Street-Garfield Line), X1, X2, X3 (Benning Road Line)
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Federal Burea of Investigation(FBI)
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Friends of J.O. Wilson
  • National Art Gallery
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Girls on the Run
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Dance club: Modern
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Geo Plunge Club
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Recycling club
  • Scrabble Club
  • Special olympics
  • 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
  • Classroom Parent
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Red and White
School mascot
  • Cardinal
More from this school
  • The faculty and staff at J.O. Elementary School are committed to providing a rigorous, comprehensive and caring program of instruction for each and every student. Our vision is to create a school culture that promotes excellence. The academic curriculum is challenging, so that we may obtain the goals to build a great school in which every child can grow to become a productive citizen; every teacher can make a difference. Our school has become a school where instruction is driven by data.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Our records show that the deadline was March 01, 2014, but you should contact the school in case the date has changed.

 
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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
80
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
380

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Stuart Hobson Middle School
Washington Jesuit Academy
Center City PCS
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660 K St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Phone: (202) 698-4733

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