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Washington Latin PCS - Middle School

Charter | 5-8 | 314 students

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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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9 reviews of this school


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Posted January 8, 2013

The school is great for those who seek classical education. Thats why I transfered my two kids to this school. They noticed the difference right away, struggled at the beginning, now they are excelling. The school also helped them to understand the concept of responsibility and be on time and on point. They have teachers available after school to help enforce what they learned in that day and if help in the home works is needed. The only concern is that the school is moving to a new neighborhood that is developing and I am not sure if the student's quality will change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

Latin is a terrific school, with dedicated, excited and inspiring teachers and leadership, and a strong culture of respect and support for all its students. it is a gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

My two sons are thriving at the school. The teachers are caring and really instill a thirst for learning into their students. They give extra help when needed and provide lots of support. The leadership works as a team and they know each student by name and truly care for them. The academics are challenging and I feel my sons will be well prepared for high school. I can't wait for the new Rudolph building next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

I used to teach at WLPCS and now that I am back in DC and teaching at a fancy private school (WLPCS had no teacher turnover in my department) I can appreciate the quality of education provided at Latin. Students are pushed to live up to the mantra "eager to learn and willing to work." My connection with my students was such that, even though I no longer teach there -- something I am hoping to remedy -- I look forward to continue to support my former students in whatever way I can. I loved being in an environment where learning was supposed to be fun and kids were encouraged to see themselves as lifelong learners.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 2, 2011

We sent our child here following her time at Eaton. ANd I must say I am impressed in every detail of the educational aspect of this school bar none. Teachers and course curriculm are great as is the involvement of the teachers and the class sizes. Only 2 areas that cause a lack of a perfect score. 1) Facilities. They could use a better building(s) for LOTS of things, and bad weather usually means no PE. 2) The administration tries very hard, but often seems to lack integrated and organized communication with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2011

It is now the end of the second qtr of our third year and I am still happy about my decision to have my daughter at WLPCS. I've kept my daughter here for the curriculum and I continue to be impressed with the content they are learning. IS the school perfect? Of course not, it still has room for improvement, but I do recommend the school every chance I get. I do believe that once the school has a permanent home that most of the issues will be resolved. The faculty (more teachers) is beyond what I could have ever hoped for and they care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2010

I am of two minds about WLPCS. We took a leap of faith and joined the school during their 2nd year in operation along with other kids from our wonderful ES. Our first year was good, with minor bumps. Our second year has us wondering. Emails and communications go unanswered for weeks, with some teachers never returning a single call or email. The week before a scheduled standardized test week, the teachers crammed homework and tests to the point that the children didn't see the light of day. There is no support for struggling students transitioning from an elementary school environment to middle school (5th to 6th). No one noticed when a group of kids that always had high grades, all received low grades in one class which blindsided our parent group at report card time. We ll weigh our options at the end of this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2010

this will be my fourth year at this wonderful school. the teachers are very dedicated to the students and have a private school curriculum. i've met great people there. we compete in sports against private schools which is awesome. we learn Latin and even though it's a dead language, we are bringing it back one student at a time! there are also great extra-curricular activities such as drama. we have so much fun and everyone at the school is fantastic and close! i most definitely recommend it!


Posted May 20, 2010

This is the first year my son attended this school and he has excel beyond belief. This is a very great school and there staff goes above and beyond for their students to make sure they excel in whatever schoolwork and other activities. This school is highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 52% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

338 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

338 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

172 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students79%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Black, non-Hispanic77%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students84%
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-Hispanic60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Black, non-Hispanic51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students77%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Black, non-Hispanic78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students86%
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 Students81%
Black, non-Hispanic62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Black, non-Hispanic71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students76%
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 "Reward".

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 46% 1%
White 39% 1%
Hispanic 9% N/A
Asian 4% N/A
Two or more races N/A 57%
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 18%N/AN/A
Special education 6%N/A13%
English learners 2%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 98%N/AN/A
Female 98%N/AN/A
Male 98%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 99%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 98%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 98%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 99%N/AN/A
General-Education students 98%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 99%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading 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 Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • PCSB Tier 1 (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • 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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
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
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Multi-cultural

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Patricia Kolb
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 450-6047

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
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)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading 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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
School-run shuttle from nearby metro and bus stops
  • Yes. Nearby lines: Tenleytown, Union Station,
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Multi-cultural
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Crimson, Black
School mascot
  • Lion
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


1 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
95
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
1100
Students typically come from these schools
Stoddert Elementary School
Brent Elementary School
Watkins Elementary School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
School Without Walls
Wilson High School
Washington Latin PCS Upper Campus
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5200 2nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
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Phone: (202) 223-1111

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