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Community Academy PCS - Butler Bilingual

Charter | PK-5 | 300 students

We are best known for Global Education Program.

 
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Posted January 4, 2013

My daughter is in her 3rd year at the CAPCS Butler Campus.and we love it. She started the school when she was three and has grown and now reading in Kindergarten. The new leader Mr. Thomas is doing a great job (i was nervous about the departure of Mr. D) and the teaching staff is great. The YMCA program and Spanish classes are a plus and the location is extremely convenient. Love It!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

We love CAPCS-Butler. Great School!! I have two children attending this school since 2010. They started in Pre-K3 and Kindergarten, and they are now attending Pre-K4 and 1st Grade. It has great teachers and administrators. It provides parents with great information and work collaboratively to help children be successful, such as: parents are required to read 100 books to a Pre-K student, great homework packet, excellent educational fields trip where parents can become a chaperone, etc. My four-year-old has started to read, and my 1st grader is working on his 2nd grade HFW. The school does not have playground and sport facility. However, they supplement that by partnering with YMCA, where the children attend swimming and gym classes regularly. I am also grateful that they are including so many field trips, taking advantage of DC has to offer. Great School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

I absolutely love CAPCS Butler. The teachers are super friendly, and my son will have a male teacher for the second year in a row, which is a real rarity in DC from what I'm told. Everyone on the staff is excellent with the kids, and the principal not only knows my child's name, but he also knows mine as well, and is always willing to talk. Butler is a real diamond in the rough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

My son had a great experience at CAPCS Butler Global School. The teachers were excellent and the principal truly cares about every single student. I can't recommend it enough, as it truly prepared my son for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

My daughter attended preschool at CAPCS. The teachers did a great job creating an interesting and challenging environment, despite working with a range of academic levels. She came home with new skills every week and is on the verge of reading at the end of the academic year. While we are avid readers at home, I give substantial credit to the teachers and their focus on reading and phonics in the classroom. They also incorporated art, math, and science into the classroom on a regular basis. Although the school lacks proper outdoor space, they make up for it by partnering with the YMCA, being creative with the space they do have, using local playgrounds, and going on multiple field trips in the city. I was so pleased to see the school take advantage of all the wonderful things there are to do in D.C. and use public transportation to get around. The principal of the school is wonderful. Rain, snow, or shine he was outside on the curb greeting each student every single morning of the year. He knows all the students by name and is very engaged in all facets of the school. I wish the early childhood coordinator had been as visible as he was throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

My daughter and I love this school! She's been in preschool here for the last six months. She's a really bright girl, but they've been able to keep her challenged. Ms. Chase and Ms. Beverly are so creative genuinely care about her. The school has working partnerships with Wolf Trap for the arts and the YMCA for phys ed. Since January, she's been learning to swim! They've been on the most interesting and fun field trips and the school really takes proper advantage of their D.C. location. The principal is young and energetic and one of the most friendly and helpful people I have ever met. I went to a great private preschool when I was young, and I didn't do nearly all the stuff my girl gets to do. I can't wait until my son starts in the fall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

CAPS Butler is a small school with big potential. My daughter attended the preschool program. She learned some great basic skills -- I am happy to report that, due largely in part to CAPS Butler, my three year old can write her name, recognize all of her letters, count to 30 in English and to 10 in Spanish, and name her colors in English and Spanish. She also learned about good and bad choices, to socialize with other children and classroom structure. All of that said, CAPS Butler is very unorganized. I will leave it at that. While I believe that the preschool program is good, I don't have high hopes for the other grade levels. Also, the building is in bad shape, parking isbad -- so getting the daily face to face with teachers is not easy, there is no playground, and not very many windows...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Butler is no longer a bilingual school. Though most students still have Spanish 2-3 times a week. All notices are bilingual since about 25% of the school is Latino. My son's preschool teacher is amazing. She is great at encouraging them to make good choices and finding new ways to let them explore the world around them. They go on field trips around the city and have a special program with Wolftrap. The only thing I don't like is that they do not have a gym or a playground. Its right downtown, which is convienent if you work near there, but the trade off is no outdoor space. They do take the kids to the YMCA for swimming, which is a plus. After school care has only recently improved. The school is slowly getting a more active PTA. Administration is a little still a little shaky, but improving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

I would not recommend this school. I have a 2nd grader who attends and this has been an absolutely awful expierence. They have rermoved the old principal at Butler and brought in a new one that to me, seems unprepared and lost. This school has no play ground and only takes the children to the YMCA on Fridays. My child's teacher showed me a paper with 20 math problems on it that my son did. 10 of the problems were wrong. I had to point it out to my child and the teacher that the answers were wrong. The paper was not check. None of my childs papers were being checked. I finally removed my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

It is ok. I thought it would be better. I have a first grader who attends.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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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

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The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

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24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

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16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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72%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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68%

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44%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

15 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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53%

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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

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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

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Writing

All Students67%
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

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Science

All Students50%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 62% 1%
Hispanic 28% N/A
White 4% 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 31%N/AN/A
Special education 6%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 95%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 95%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 93%N/AN/A
Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 94%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 95%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 96%N/AN/A
General-Education students 94%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 96%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)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Reading 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
Italian
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
Arabic languages
Amharic, Portugese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Tier One School (2011)
  • DC's Most Outstanding School Principal (2012)
  • Tier One School (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Amharic, Portugese
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 4:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • 'William N. Thomas, IV'
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
Fax number
  • (202) 332-1073

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading 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
  • Amharic, Portugese
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Learning lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Red/Tan
School mascot
  • Badger
More from this school
  • CAPCS cares by offering programs and services that meet the needs of our families and promote school and community involvement. Kids House provides a safe, caring, and structured environment in the after/out of school time hours. A robust, multi-faceted program operated by our outside partner Champions engages children in lively activities that promote exploration and discovery. The professional staff offers homework assistance and helps children expand their academic and social skills.
School leaders can update this information here.

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


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
75
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
150
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1400 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Phone: (202) 332-6565

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