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Richard Wright PCS

Charter | 8-12 | 350 students

We are best known for highly visible & caring staff!

 
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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted February 5, 2014

Richard Wright PCS prides itself on the following Charter Board Validated PMF Data: Teacher Retention Rate SY11-12 - 100% Teacher Retention Rate SY12-13 - 92% Student Attendance Rate SY11-12 - 91.8% Student Attendance Rate SY12-13 - 92.3%

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Posted February 5, 2014

MY child loves RWPCS. I have seen a complete turnaround in less then 5 months with my child's confidence in self. She is in the 10th grade and loves her classes, teachers and students. She tells me of a few students who have caused problems for other students wanting to cause disturbances and that the Deans are always ready to stand up for the students who want to learn. I applaud RWPCS for making my daughter feel like she is first and that she can get the work done. Any student who doesn't want to be there and causes problems for students like my daughter who want to learn need to go some where else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

My child was cursed out by administration. I am unhappy about the amount of teacher turnover. 3 years over 20 teachers have left. I took my child out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

My experience with Richard Wright has been outstanding! To find an Administrative Team that works so hard to ensure the students are developed academically and socially is so rare. The building and the classrooms are clean, the teachers work hard to educate the kids often giving up their time after school to work with kids, and they have created a family environment. My son experienced difficulty in coming to school and performing I. The classroom at his last school. Thanks to the MEN on staff at RW, my son doesn't miss school and he has no F's on his report card. I love RW and I love what they are doing to restore hope for children and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

As a parent, I find the administration at Richard Wright to be very forthcoming and quick to respond. Its not a prefect school but any school is only as great as its parent participation. I feel comfortable voicing my opinion and offering a solution to the school. The staff and teachers are trying to help develop responsible young men and women and with parental involvement everyone can be successful. Keep up the good work Dr. Clark and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

The school is AWFUL. Administrators CURSE at children. There is definite favortism of students. The instruction is lacking, there are NOT enough textbooks to go around. And the Journalism part is a JOKE!. Most kids just hang out. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

. This is the worst public charter school I have ever attended in my whole entire life. First off I would like to state that the students are very loud and rowdy. The students yell every curse word in the book in the middle of class and the teachers let it slide as if that's the way you talk in school. The teachers curse at the student and talk to them as if they are there peers. The school is very unorganized, the dismissal times are off. They are meant to dismiss at 4;30 but they dismiss at all times they want. Over all, I do not recommend this school at all.


Posted July 18, 2013

This on the worst charter schools in my opinion in dc. The staff are very rude and snobby. The students, teachers, and staff members work together as if they are all on the same level. In other words the staff members are more like the children friends rather than a guidance. My experience with this school was horrific. Plenty of the parents have removed their children due to lack of communication and organization. I'd have to give this school a thumbs down.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 19, 2013

I have never had such a negative experience with a school. Their dismissal times are erratic and they do not keep their staff contact information up to date OR the school calendar!! This is such an extreme issue that their last day of school has even changed and when mentioned to them that it was not updated on their website they simply said, I know. Really!? The staff told the students on a Tuesday that this would be their last day of school. When I called the school to ask them, they confirmed that Thursday was still the last day. When I took my child to school the next day they were repeatedly told by staff that they didn't need to be there- what type of message are you sending these kids?? The students have been dismissed at 11:00 on a day when they are not supposed to be let out until noon, and when I called the school they confirmed to me that dismissal was in fact at noon. The students have also been kept after the dismissal time, to the point that I had to call and speak to a few different people before they would dismiss my child. I have called and emailed teachers and admin and do not expect communication. Such a disappointment for what could be a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

Richard Wright is a new school, but the staff and the teachers are not. There is a difference that I can see and feel in the children and the school as a whole from the first year which was still far above the years my daughter spent in other schools. The school is not perfect, but they feel parent feedback is critical. I can speak to any teacher or staff member I need to and get results and resolution. Parents may not understand all of the rules and policies at first, but it is because they are used to the same old things at former schools. In my experience the same old ways are failing our children. Richard Wright shows students how decency and order can transform their lives in and out the classroom. Students get a structure that is conducive to the level and intensity of the learning that is required for real success. Classes are longer and work is often tied to other classes that help build on critical concepts. Additionally, the students have excellent field trips and school social events. The have toured the newsrooms of some of the most watched news studios. The students make professional videos and movies, write articles, ans a newsletter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

My daughter is currently attending Richard Wright PCS. As a parent, I find Richard Wright to be an extraordinary school. Richard Wright teachers and staff persons go beyond the call of duty to ensure that the school delivers the best in educational services to every student. Richard Wright PCS mentors, nurtures, and inspires its students to be "the best" both academically and socially. Richard Wright, changing lives one student at a time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

The school and administration go beyond expectations of the average school. They take time to get to know each child and their family. I love seeing the videos and I hope more families will send their kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2012

This school goes above and beyond with the care of it's kids. They want to see all of their kids succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

I am a Co-Founder and Director of Business Operations at Richard Wright Public Charter School. I without bias can honestly say that our vision has come to fruition. We created a safe learning environment where every student believes they are an intricate part of the school, its climate, and culture. Parents and students know in their hearts and minds that we have pooled together an awesome and talented staff that go above and beyond the curriculum to instruct and teach their children. We masterfully get this done all in the name of love daily! The team of educators who embarked on creating this school ensured an environment that would be conducive and comfortable for learning for students across the city. Our students know they are on a new or continued track for future successes. We applaud our parents for their highly visible involvement in our school community and their daily support of their children. If you are looking for a school to uniquely educate and tap into the true Journalistic nature in every child, Richard Wright PCS is your choice.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 65% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 45% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%
Writing

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%
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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

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

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The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

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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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% 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 Students48%
Black, non-Hispanic48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Black, non-Hispanic52%
Asiann/a
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Economically disadvantaged52%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students27%
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 Students16%
Black, non-Hispanic16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Black, non-Hispanic42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students38%

Writing

All Students35%
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 "Focus".

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 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 69%N/AN/A
Special education 26%N/A13%
English learners 2%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public Charter
DCPS
Private/Catholic
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 4:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Marco Clark, Ed.D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 388-5197

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Bostin Latin Model
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • 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
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Fashion and Modeling
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Green, Gold, Black and White
School mascot
  • Spartans
More from this school
  • The design of RWPCS will offer a data driven instructional program based on a curriculum which is designed for students with a wide range of academic skills. The design also supports an expansion of activities that reinforce reading and writing skills through Latin Instruction, as well as technology integration at school and home. Other pertinent information about RWPCS are as follows: Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢First Latin-Based Curriculum Model in low-income and high risk area of Washington, DC Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢First Public Charter School offering a Journalism and Media Arts Focus: Broadcast Journalism; Print Media (Newspaper and Magazine Design); Graphic Arts and Vocal Recordings; Film Making; and Video Design Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Curriculum aligned with the National Common Core Standards and the DC Public Schools Learning Standards Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Highly-Visible usage of Technology integrated in curriculum Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Introduction to Journalism and Media Arts for college and career readiness Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢All graduates equipped and &#34COLLEGE READY&#34 Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Highly Qualified administrative and instructional staff Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Laptops purchased for each student (school and home usage) Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Uniquely professional student uniforms worn daily Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Student Government Association, Clubs and Athletics Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Parent College Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Located on both Blue and Orange Metro Lines Ã??Ã?¢?Ã??Ã?¢Several Metro Bus Routes within one block of school
School leaders can update this information here.

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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
260
Students typically come from these schools
Public Charter
DCPS
Private/Catholic

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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770 M Street SE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
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Phone: (202) 388-1011

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