"We are best known for focus on cultural diversity."
Students enrolled 459
Hours 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
School leader Dale E. Mann
Transportation options Yes
District District Of Columbia Public Schools
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3301 Lowell Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

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(202) 282-0103
(202) 282-0074
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5 stars
Based on 17 ratings

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October 09, 2013
John Eaton is a world heritage school. This means they have a grant to incorporate international culture into their curriculum. They are building a globally minded student body early on, by intergrtaing world cultures into the learning experience. With Americans being in general terms being so insular, this global mindset is essential for allowing our children to grow into cultural sensitive, and competitive in global economy we live in. John Eaton also boasts a diverse economic and ethnic population with dozens of languages spoken. Additionally Mandarin is offered to all the students starting in pre-K. Teachers and staff are caring and the principal Mr. Mann is very engaged and responsive. Additionally, John Eaton has very active parent involment that is constantly putting on events and creating a community. I feel so lucky that my son Gabriel is able to go to such an amazing public school and would recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
I agree with many of the comments, but the fact is that Eaton could be a much stronger school academically. It lags significantly behind its peer schools (Janney, Mann, Lafayette Murch) not only in test scores, but in enrichment opportunities. I think that diversity is quite important, but the most emphasis should be placed on academic quality. At times there has been an undercurrent among some parents that Eaton is "good enough" and concern that it not become too attractive to the surrounding neighborhood (where privates still draw a number of students), lest population from outside the school's neighborhood be reduced. (This of course, is not valid, since all existing students and families are grandfathered, no matter whether in-boundary enrollments fluctuates short term.) Finally, Easton needs to get serious about school modernization. While the school site is too small to grow the school, the physical plant is in need of serious modernization. One, small all-purpose room serves all school needs. For some reason, Eaton keeps falling behind in the school modernization queue, and for whatever reason neither parents nor the school administration wants to make waves.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
We moved from CT and had 30 days to find a school for my kindergartener. DCPS was very helpful explaining what schools had foreign language programs, etc. We chose Eaton b/c of the Chinese program and the brilliant diversity of the student body. My son is now in first grade and we are so satisfied on so many levels. The teachers, Principal, and Vice-Principal are insightful, dedicated and creative, everyone is accepting and there is positive energy every day. My son is now a happy first grade student and is getting a wonderful foundation that he will carry through life.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2011
Eaton has a new principal as of Fall 2011 and he is doing things well so far, having replaced the principal spoken so highly of in previous reviews. We feel really lucky to have gotten into Eaton. The racial diversity of the student body is very balanced and this is rare in DC for any school. A large number of out-of-boundary children means that it enrolls children from all over the city--so it's diverse in that way too. The architectural floor plan places 4-6 classrooms off of each common area, so even though it has 400+ children, every area of the school feels intimate. Perhaps as a result, it feels much more like a private school: the kids seem to feel ownership and connection to the place. The current climate among teachers is collaborative, which is a great indicator of both morale and professionalism. Our son came from a tiny Montessori and we were worried he might feel overwhelmed and put off by the institutional aspects of DCPS. This has not been the case; he loves going to school there. He is too young and has not been there long enough to assess academics, but I believe a healthy school culture is key to a school's success and Eaton has surpassed our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
My son went to John Eaton thiry years ago and the comments are the still the same. The only thing that has changed are the new staff members. He received a foundation that was better than the Catholic school that his brother had attended. I am still proud of John Eaton. If they follow their students, they will find that almost a hundred percent of them are successful.

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2011
I'm sure things have changed over the years, but I am a graduate of Eaton ('93) and I believe that I was offered the best public education DC has to offer. Awesome teachers and just a great place to learn.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 2010
I think Eaton comes out top in many categories. A principal who is always there, greets parents and students by name,helps to serve breakfast. The school oozes ,.diversity diversity diversity,great HSA and parental involvement,great afterschool program and just wonderful teachers and support staff all around. go Eaton!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Eaton has made both of my boys successful in learning - they both love school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This is a truly diverse school, with an exciting new focus on world cultures. Four-year-olds learning Chinese...amazing! The Principal, teachers and parents are extraordinarily dedicated to helping every child grow and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
We love the diversity, active parent involvement, the teachers, and the principal. So far, my child has thrived and been very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
We love the diversity of the school and the teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
It provides exellent programs for kids. Teachers and staff are very professional. Its a Unique Elementary school in DC.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
We love John Eaton because of the teachers, principal, administrative staff, JEAP program and staff, and the wonderful parents. Everyone seems truly dedicated to the children and to creating a safe and fun learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
Terrific group of very dedicated staff and parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
My grandson Nilo attends and loves the school, so I support it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
When my child's Pre-K school was closed at the end of his first year, I looked into private schools and was informed about this little treasure called John Eaton. I have to say that in hindsight, my son's school closure has been the best thing that has happened to us because he is now truly a part of a 'COMMUNITY' that really encourages education through the best channels possible. While the first year of my son's school life was very different, I know that we have found an education home for him and one that seeks to ensure that he receives the best education possible in order to ensure that he continues to grow academically. The things that he took away in his first year (now in his second) are priceless and it is truly an atmosphere where we all work together to ensure our students have the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Eaton is a great school! It's led by a great principal who is very thoughtful and caring. The staff, parents and community do an excellent job of providing a wonderful learning environment that is challenging and fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Committed and creative teachers, a principal who celebrates the teachers and students while always trying to improve the school, a student body diverse in every way imaginable, and a supportive and active school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Diversity of student body and teachers, caring staff (principal and teachers) who are dedicated to students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
**** This is an excellenbt urban elementary school. A dedicated group of teachers and a superb principal, with a diverse and caring set of families, make this school a real gem in NW DC. We have a number of international families here, and a brand new, beautifully landscaped playground area.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Eaton Elementary is one of those rare successes where dedicated and extraordinary staff, fully engaged parents, and excellent leadership have come together to create a learning environment that not only promotes achievement, but is truly unique. There is no other public school in the country where kindergartners are learning Chinese and 4th graders win city-wide science fairs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Eaton is just a special place - you feel it the moment you walk in the doors. There is just great morale among everyone - principal, teachers, staff, parents and students. It's urban and it's just the right size (400 students from pre-K -5). The kids get a great education, a great base for the challenges of middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Great teachers and principal. A diverse student population. Very involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
A true community where learning and achievement are fostered with great attention to the individual needs and talents of each student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Eaton is a wonderfuly diverse community. The children are clearly the top priority and the Principal is an instructional leader who fosters trust and collabortive efforts amongst the staff. My children have truly benefited from this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
The caring teachers, they will go out of their way to see to it that a child learns, and that the parent is up to date on their childs progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Sound academics, nurtures creativity, fabulous teachers, a caring supportive, positive place to be.... Most diverse population in the city.... Love it

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Wonderful teachers with excellent leadership in Principal Gartrell. The academic are strong and parents are warmly welcome and encouraged to participate and volunteer. The sense of community in the school is amazing considering that so many of the kids come from neighborhoods spread across the city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Eaton is a fabulous school with dedicated and talented teachers, staff, and principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Because of it's diversity, excellence in teaching and curriculum, fantastic principal, terrific teachers and admin staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
The school community is wonderful. The principal is great! very caring and loving school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
Two of my 3 children will be graduating from Eaton in 2010. It has been great and diverse school with a wonderful learning environment. The staff and parents work in harmoniously for the well-being of all children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
This is our second year at Eaton. My 10 year old is challenged and loves school. My 6 year old used to cry every morning before school but last year his warm, loving teacher helped him to enjoy every minute of his day. He is now on a successful path of learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
I absolutely love Eaton. It is a wonderfully diverse group of students and very knowledgeable teachers. The environment is very familiar...the teachers and staff learn the children's names. I have been happy with the advancement and development of my children socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
My son is completing his first of year of school at Eaton. He is in Pre-k. His teacher Mrs. Barnhardt is a wonderful teacher. Her experience with teaching has helped my son adjust to his first year of school very well. He loves his teacher and classmates. They're all such a wonderful group of 4 & 5 year olds. I've had a wonderful experience at Eaton this school year. Oh and the principal Ms. Gatrell, is WONDERFUL!!! Go Eaton

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
My son is completing his first year at Eaton. As an alumnus of Eaton myself, I can attest to the dedication and support of staff from twenty years ago. I am pleased to report that my experience as an Eaton parent has only heightened my appreciation for the organization and integrative learning that continues to take place in 2008. Mrs. Natarajan and Mrs. Bigelow make for a great 2nd grade teaching team.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
My 7 year old son has been at Eaton for three years, and I am pleased to write that his reading skills, as well as mathematical reasoning, is excellent. Say what you may about the reputation of public schools in the District of Columbia, but I know that Eaton is as good as they come. Great amount of diversity, attentive and responsive teachers and administrators. Very heavy parental involvement, as well. I have no complaints. And best of all, it's FREE! LOL

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
Eaton Elementary in Washington, D.C. is a well run, diverse school with a host of after-school activities and a strong PTA. My son is in 4th grade at Eaton and this is his first year at the school. At Eaton he is more motivated as he finds the homework more interesting and challenging than at his old school. My son also loves the after-school program which offers a nice balance between recreational activities and homework study. Eaton provides afterschool care until 6:30 p.m. which is very important to working parents and is very affordable. Overall, I recommend Eaton highly. No need to spend 10,000 to 20,000 USD per year for private schooling when you have options such as this one!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2003
This is my child's second year at Eaton and I absolutely love it! (She does too) The teachers are great, the parents are great and the activities are great. I am very pleased with the quality of the academics. My daughter is truly getting the best out a public school. She's in the 3rd grade and is already familiar with concepts usually reserved for 5th and 6th graders. I would strongly reccommend this school to anyone.

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Eaton Elementary School
3301 Lowell Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20008
(202) 282-0103
Last modified Eaton Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Eaton Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 41 reviews.