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Thomson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 300 students

We are best known for our IB curriculum and Mandarin Language Instruction.
 
 

 

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Posted August 10, 2010

Hopefully the new principal at Thomson ES will be strong, firm, and a good leader. You have a few parents at the school who wants to take control and dont value others opinion. At times I also felt that some of the parents and teachers were racist. Even some of the parents was racist. I just feel that the african american parents need to step up and stand up for their kids. if you look at great school catalof this year, Thomson students are on the cover. There is no african american kid in the picture selected. Who selected and submitted the picture? Did the parents get to vote on the picture? There is always the same kids publicized. It's bad when your 5 year old child tells you that certain teachers are racist . I decided to leave the school this year because of these issues. I
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2010

Thomson under Dr. Camp's leadership has been a wonderful experience for my family. My children have loved the Mandarin instruction, guitar lessons and the warm caring environment. I appreciate the IB program and the diversity of the teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

We have been apart of Thomson since 2005 and there is a big change. 5 years ago I was very satisfied with the principal, curricalum, environment, and staff. Now that has changed. The principal isn't firm enough. I feel that the principal doesn't handle situations in a good way. She seems timid all the time. Last year 3rd and 4th grade children were unable to have recess. They could not talk during lunch. Ms. Greaves and Ms. Yamin are two of the best teachers that the school has. They prepare your kids for Jr. High. During the mornings, there is no where to park. There is no escort to make sure that kids are entering the building safe. The person who use to ensure that kids eneterd the building safe was terminated by Rhee for no reason. There is a parking lot but certain parents get to use it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

Thomson is a very good school. My child has learned the chinese language. Thomson has the IB Program and many elementary schools do not have the IB Program. Thomson is now the School of the Art. Kids get a variety of learning and art programs at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

We have been in the Thomson family for 4 years now and without an inch of reluctance I can truly say that I am proud of Thomson Elementary School! Both my daughters have received an enriched education in a very diverse environment exposing them to all cultures. Dr. Camp has ensured that tutors are available when needed, provided teaching of the Chinese language, and has also gone out of her way to offer other extra curricular activities such as personally teaching the children how to play the acoustic guitar. Well done, Dr. Camp & Thomson!
—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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
33%

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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
39%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

153 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
39%
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 Students71%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
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 Students75%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students34%
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 Students58%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

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

Science

All Students45%
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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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 55% N/A
Asian 23% N/A
Black 19% 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 44%N/AN/A
Special education 7%N/A13%
English learners 42%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 97%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 98%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 97%N/AN/A
Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 97%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 97%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NAESP/Met Life Sharing the Dream Grant (2009)
  • Fight For Children QSI Award (2008)

Special education / special needs

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)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Carmen Shepherd
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (202) 442-8706

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Inquiry Based
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
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)
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tier 2/Tier 3 Intervention
Transportation options
  • 64 (Fort Totten - Federal Triangle), G8 (Avondale), DC Circulator to Georgetown, DC Circulator to Union Station, 63 (Takoma - Federal Triangle), D4 (Ivy City - Franklin Sq), 80 (Fort Totten - Kennedy Center), D1 (Federal Triangle - Glover Park), D3 (Dupont Circle - Ivy City), 42 (Mt Pleasant - Metro Center), P6 (Anacostia - Rhode Island), P17, P19 (Fort Washington)
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Embassy Adoption Program
  • Everybody Wins DC
  • DC READS/ GWU
  • City Dance
  • DC Scores
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Running Team
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Running Team
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Dance club
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Student newspaper
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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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • Burgundy, White, Gray
School mascot
  • Tigers
More from this school
  • Thomson's vision is to create a safe and welcoming learning community where: - students are motivated to take charge of their own learning and invested in their own success - staff and community members are leaders who encourage and guide all students towards their highest potential - learning is exciting, relevant, & challenging
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Deal Middle School
Hardy Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
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1200 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
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