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Friendship Blow-Pierce Elementary & Middle PCS

Charter | PK-8 | 693 students

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4 stars

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2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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School Official Point of View

Posted June 13, 2011

Students that attend Blow Pierce benefit from high quality instruction, a disciplined and orderly environment, and state of the art technology and labs. We have an excellent team of committed administrators, teachers, and support staff.

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Posted October 8, 2013

friendship blow pierce charter school is one of the best schools out here today. This is my child second year at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

Oh me oh my! I absolutely love love Friendship. From love to education to learning without limitations this school is what you NEED. I had personal issues and didnt know how my child or myself was going to make it and when I say teachers and staff go out their way to ensure that you and your child will be ok, these people made it happen. My child went from Pre-K and is still enrolled in Friendship and I wouldn't want it any other WAY! Bring your kids here if you want to see change and have them go to college! My oldest child is now a pharmacist, graduate of University of Texas because of FRIENDSHIP PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

This is my grandson's first year at Blow Pierce I and find that the school has challenging academic programs. Blow Pierce has strong leadership. I recommend this school to other parents that would like to see an improvement in behavior and classwork, I rate this school 4 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

my kids came to this school from another friendship campus (Chamberlain) & I actually like the other campus better...the kids have no type of freedom...its like boot camp
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

The students that attend Blow Pierce benefit from high quality instruction but the disciplined and only environment is no longer present. The structured environment of the school has disappeared and the teacher are leaving because of the disruptive students which makes it hard to teach. The teachers are very dedicated and do an excellent job but they can't do it alone. I just hope that the remaining teachers return because outstanding teachers are very hard to fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

My daughter came to this school from a Maryland school because of various reasons. I found this school to be excellent in teachers for her in 8th grade. They were responsive and and the principal is awesom and cares about this school. I wish it went to the 9th grade.
—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 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.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
22%

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

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 52% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
42%
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 53% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
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 65% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

2011

 
 
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

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

445 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

444 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

167 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students10%
Black, non-Hispanic10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students13%
Black, non-Hispanic13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
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 Students52%
Black, non-Hispanic52%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Black, non-Hispanic30%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students30%
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 Students35%
Black, non-Hispanic35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students24%
Black, non-Hispanic24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students8%
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 Students33%
Black, non-Hispanic33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Black, non-Hispanic32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
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 Students54%
Black, non-Hispanic55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Black, non-Hispanic35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students37%
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 Students62%
Black, non-Hispanic62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Black, non-Hispanic34%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students53%
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 "Developing".

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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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 99% 1%
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 70%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 92%N/AN/A
Female 93%N/AN/A
Male 91%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 92%N/AN/A
Hispanic 77%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 92%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 93%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 91%N/AN/A
General-Education students 92%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 92%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Step team

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Step team
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 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 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jeffery Grant
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 399-6157

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
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
  • Spanish
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
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
School-run shuttle from nearby metro and bus stops
  • Yes. Nearby lines: X2
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Step team
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • Blue and White
School mascot
  • Knights
School leaders can update this information here.

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Washington, DC 20002
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Phone: (202) 572-1070

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