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Ballou High School

Public | 9-12 | 791 students

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Posted November 29, 2009

Great school great band great football just have to improve with there reading and test scores there are wonderful teachers who give a 100% ever time! at ballou
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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 45% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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19%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
29%
Science

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%
Writing

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

283 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

283 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
29%
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 Students19%
Black, non-Hispanic18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Disabled6%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students13%
Black, non-Hispanic13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Disabled0%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students15%

Writing

All Students13%
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 "Priority".

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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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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ACT/SAT participation

86%

ACT/SAT college ready

4%

Graduation rate

50%


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 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 74%N/AN/A
Special education 28%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 77%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 77%N/AN/A
Hispanic 89%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 77%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 71%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 82%N/A75%
Female 82%N/A77%
Male 81%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 82%N/A77%
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 50%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 80%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Hart Middle School
Johnson Middle School (Dr. John Hayden Johnson)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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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
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Poetry
  • Writing
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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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
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Rahman Branch
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (202) 645-3397

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • 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
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • A2, A8, A42 (Anacostia-Congress Heights Line), A5 (Anacostia-Fort Drum Line), M8, M9 (Congress Heights Shuttle Line), W4 (Deanwood-Alabama Ave Line)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Living Classrooms for the National Capital Region
  • Friends of Ballou
  • Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG-DC)
  • Urban Alliance
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Poetry
  • Writing

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
School colors
  • Blue and Gold
School mascot
  • Knight
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Hart Middle School
Johnson Middle School (Dr. John Hayden Johnson)
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3401 4th St. SE
Washington, DC 20032
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