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Anacostia High School

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Posted yesterday

My son is a current student at The Academies at Anacostia. We had our trepidations about attending Anacostia, but no more. He enjoys going to school everyday. He has nothing but good things to say about Dr Roberts, Mr Comfero, Ms Quick, many other staff members and students. We see big things going on at The Academies at Anacostia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

I'm a recent graduate of Anacostia (2012), I went on to study at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Social Work (Ranked #11 in the nation, #4 in VA) with a minor in Political Science. I attended Anacostia my entire high school career and it has a huge impact on who I am today. I am not alone, I can account for many of my peers, older and younger, who've went on to go college and actually stay. The parents and disloyal alumni below no nothing about the new Anacostia, its staff, and our principal. The staff helped me through hard times they were not there just as academic support but also emotional support and I am not alone. They deal everyday with students who come to school uninterested in learning. Students who main focus are being known even if it means havoc. These same individuals were my friends. 1) Before you judge the school look at your child, they're not that angel you want to believe they are 2) go meet the staff get involved, don't take for truth everything you see on the news and hear around town. Alumni kick rocks, you left and never came back, you know nothing of the new Anacostia, its staff, or its students. I'm proud Indian There is so much more to say.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2013

I enrolled my child in this school and its a Month later and I will be enrolling het OUT!First I would like to say that thr school has been fixed up nice. It actually looked nice and clean in there. The Teachers do try to teach my child have nothing but good things to say about herTeachers. The students totally disrespect the teachers. Kids bring in Mace and gods know what's else. Its always a fight or police (a lot) after school. I reallly wanted to like the school and have my child attend but I fear for her safety in this school and coming out of this school. I don't know what can be done maybe they could get police to walk around school all day(its a mad house).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

I am an an alumnus of AHS class of 1965. Our school was one of the best academic High Schools in Washington. We had National Merit winners, Westington House Scholars, service academy appointees, many college scholarship winners. I was in the honors track and received a scholarship for my BA and MA. I also have a doctorate. Many of my classmates are professionals and have achieved much in life. I am so saddened by the decline and failure of my beloved alma mater. I am the Senior Fellow for Ethics and Public Policy for the National Clergy Council, Washingtom, D. C.


Posted February 6, 2013

i hate this school they need to get shut down because of poor behavior and loud running up and doen the steps its so nasty spit on the walls bugs every were
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

THIS SCHOOL IS AWFUL I WENT TODAY TO WITHDRAWAL MY SON WITH A FRIEND AND HE WAS ATTACKED MY THE PRINCIPAL FOR NOTHING SCHOOL HASNT EVEN STARTED AND THIS MAN WHOS NAME I DONT EVEN KNOW DONT WANT TO KNOW WANTS MY CHILD TO STAY THERE,I DONT THINK SO WITH A PRINCIPAL ACTING LIKE THAT I DONT WANT HIM AROUND MY CHILD OR ANYONE ELSES. O AND LET ME NOT FORGET HE PULLED OUT SOME TEETH GUARDS OUT OF HIS POCKETS AND TOLD MY FRIEND HE'LL BEAT HIS A_ _! REAL LOUD OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL O YES HE FOLLOWED US, ALL THIS BECAUSE I WANTED TO WITHDRAWL MY SON SMH SAD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

I have had three children in Anacostia, two of which have graduated. The third is a bit of a challenge. Unless your child is pretty compliant and can always go with the flow they will be ok. But if they have any behavorial difficulties or learning styles that do not go along with the cookie cutter program this may not be the school for your child. I think that our children should be given more options when it comes to the way they learn and not just get swept under the rug or put out if they have issues. And...considering every child will not attend college, offer at least 1 or 2 vocations in the school. Maybe, that's too much to ask with all the budget cuts. There's gotta be a solution to help our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

Applying the new with the old, make no sense to for this school structure. Eliminate and reprogram some of the structure within the school, we lead to an successful overcome. But sending a brand new person as a principal who does not acknowledge the culture within the school, make it very difficult for him to do his job, but also make it difficult for the kids at this school to comprehend the message he is trying to bring across. Anacostia needs to start at the begining which is the head, get someone who willing to deal with the kids show some type of compassion and trying to understand some of the following kids background. Eighty percent of the students of Anacostia comes from unique background and they need a staff who is qualified to deal with the most unusally circumstances. Not getting rid of them, but show them a better way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2009

This place is like a prison. Excuse me, prisons have less guards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

Anacostia has a vast need for a stronger principal and leadership team as well some long-standing teachers who are willing to be team players. We need a partner that can offer our students a vocational track with various certified positions that they can obtain along with their high school dipolma. Most of all we need our parents to be more actively involved.


Posted July 17, 2007

At Anacostia SHS the glass is 'half full, not half empty' as our principal always says. The school is headed in the right direction, one of many indicators is that our graduation rate has increased. The staff is focused on teaching and learning, not the negative press that is often in the news. Anacostia SHS is an excellent place to teach and a great environment to work.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 1, 2007

Anacostia Senior High School is extolling itself as 'excellence across the river'. It is truly showing those signs. The teaching staff has more Ph.D.'s than my college did, and the quality of instruction is rising with the staff. The new principal is energetic and enthusiastic. I think they are turning the corner and will be soon recognized as one of the better DC High Schools.


Posted January 25, 2005

Im a Former Student at this school and i feel the parents need to get more involved in what goes on at the school. They have numerous programs for students to get involved in like 'It's Academic (Which i was apart of), Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Chess club, and etc. Even the alumni we need to help some of these misleading children.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2004

This school does not have the time it takes to care for each individucal student. There are so many students that enter this school that require special needs that are not being met. Those individuals are being overlooked and passed on. My suggestion is to have your child placed in a charter or private school.
—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 45% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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19%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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34%
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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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

154 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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13%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

236 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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9%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

241 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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14%

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17%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

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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

All Students19%
Black, non-Hispanic19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Disabled7%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students20%
Black, non-Hispanic20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Disabled7%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students14%

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

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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ACT/SAT participation

49%

ACT/SAT college ready

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Graduation rate

40%


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 100% 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 76%N/AN/A
Special education 29%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 70%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 58%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 70%N/AN/A
Hispanic 54%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 58%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 70%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 69%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 54%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 57%N/A75%
Female 61%N/A77%
Male 52%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 57%N/A77%
White, not Hispanic 100%N/A73%
Economically disadvantaged 100%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 34%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 51%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Kramer Middle School
Sousa Middle School
Winston Education Campus
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 5% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UDC
Penn State (multiple campuses)
Bennett
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
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
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
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
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
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)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • It's Academic
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ian Roberts
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (202) 698-2188

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Speech and language impairments
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(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
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • 90, 92, 93 (U Street-Garfield Line), A31, A32, A33 (Anacostia-Congress Heights Line), B2 (Blandensburg Road-Anacostia Line), U2 (Minnesota Ave-Anacostia Line), V5 (Fairfax Village-L'Enfant Plaza Line), W6, W8 (Garfield-Anacostia Loop Line)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Stedman Graham and Associates
  • Union Temple Baptist Church
  • Anacostia Economic Development
  • Bank of America
  • College Board Upward Bound Program
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Flag girls
  • Gardening
  • It's Academic
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Scarlet Red and Royal Blue
School mascot
  • Indian
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Penn State (multiple campuses)
Bennett
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 80%
Military - 5%
Workforce - 5%
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