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301 North Carolina Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

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March 09, 2015
Our 3rd Grader loves coming to school each day at Brent, and he is clearly learning a ton, which to me are the two biggest measures of whether a school is succeeding. He adores his terrific teachers -- Michelle Farkas in 2nd Grade and Joann Hill in 3rd Grade. Everyone's experience is different, but our son has found Brent to be challenging in the classroom and fulfilling outside it. He's taken field trips to the Supreme Court and Congress to learn about government, and gone canoeing on the Anacostia to study environmental science. He's currently participating in the school play, and his music teacher, Mr. Krohn, has gotten him so motivated to learn the recorder that he practices almost every day. And he finds plenty of opportunity to blow off steam with kickball games at recess. He came to Brent from a Montessori program and had no trouble adjusting, in part because Brent classrooms are structured to encourage participation, cooperation and interaction. It's a shame there isn't a Hill middle school the equal of Brent.

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March 04, 2015
Brent is great at the preschool level but collapses at the higher levels, and is especially bad for boys. All the teachers are (mostly young) women (without kids), and there is virtually no male presence in the school. There is no full time support for teachers, and no behavior policy. If your son (or daughter) has any learning differences (ADD, ADHD), or if you have a jumpy or active child, Brent will be a terrible because there is no support. The principal frequently cancels recess, and teachers withhold recess as punishment. The principal is also not transparent with the community (sneaky, really), and makes decisions behind parents back on issues the parents have been involved in, and not not create school-wide policies that benefit all students, but rather is swayed by individual influential parents who lobby him to get there kid in (or out of) a specific class or to set up a certain program. There has always been a sharp outflow of parents starting in 3rd grade, in part because there is no feeder middle school, and also because of problems in the classroom.

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December 07, 2014
Brent is a great elementary school -- among the best in DC. The teachers care. The community is close-knit and supportive.

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May 22, 2014
This school is fantastic. It seems like every adult in the building knew my son already during his first year there (as a 3 year old), and almost as many knew my daughter, who tagged along at pick up and drop off time. After several years and now both kids in school there, we love this school. Teachers and parents are enormously engaged in the life of the school. Families participate in special theme nights organized by the school faculty: Museum Night, Publishing Night, Planet Viewing Night, Science Night, Math Night, etc etc. It is just amazing.

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August 20, 2013
Brent is a top-notch elementary school with a fantastic principal, great teachers, and strong parent support system. We feel lucky to be there. My oldest is beginning her fourth year at Brent this fall, and my youngest is beginning her second year there. Love it.

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April 19, 2013
My son is in the PS 3 program at Brent. We have been incredibly impressed with the teachers, staff, and leadership of the school. They are genuinely interested in ensuring that each student gets the support they need and has the best possible educational experience. We feel lucky to be at such a great school.

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April 07, 2013
I've had 2 children who have attended Brent, and we've had a very positive experience overall. Great staff, very involved parents, and a wonderful, nurturing environment.

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May 16, 2012
This is a great school with teachers who are incredibly caring and committed to teaching using the latestest information about how students learn. My oldest has been attending Brent for 4 years after starting at PreK 3. We feel incredibly lucky to attend this school!!!!!

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March 17, 2011
We feel lucky to be in-bounds for the best school on the Hill. We have not been disappointed with our daughter's experience at Brent. The school is beautiful, the teachers are amazing, and the parental involvement is incredible.

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January 10, 2011
As the parent of a student in Brent's pre-K program, I cannot say enough about how the faculty have created a welcoming, homey environment and brought out the best in our son developmentally and socially in the 4 months he has been there. Based on our friends' and neighbors' experiences at Brent, when it came time for our son to start school, we never seriously considered any other option for him, and we haven't regretted it.

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December 19, 2010
An up and coming school undergoing rapid transformation to meet community needs. Enthusiastic and talented teaching staff with commitment to the future development of the school combined with a very active PTA thay is supporting and accompanying the development of this wonderful school.

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October 11, 2010
I love Brent because of the great after school activities and the great teachers!!!!!

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June 18, 2010
Brent is the complete package. The staff is top notch - there is not a weak link in the teaching staff. The administration (Dr. Wilhoyte) "gets it" and the school is well run. And most importantly, the students form a tight knit community and love to learn. Just visit the school and ask the first two parents you run into . . .

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February 25, 2010
Brent Elementary School has come a long ways. There have been many challenges with staffing, classroom management, and test scores. Since Mrs. Wilhoyt has been the principal the many changes and challenges have had a positive outcome. This is the first year that I can say that I am glad that I decided to keep my cildren enrolled at Brent.

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February 24, 2010
Brent is a wonderful school - Highly qualified principal and teachers that care about the children. Every effort is made to ensure children excel in reading skills. MY grandaughter loves the school!!!

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November 03, 2009
Brent Elementary is the most challenging and rewarding neighborhood school in Washington.

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November 03, 2009
It's a state-of-the-art urban museum magnet school with excellent teachers and staff - a wonderful diverse student body - and a committed parent /teacher / community volunteer organization. Take a look at www.brentelementary.org !

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August 12, 2009
Brent Elementary School is not a good school for your child. Since my son has attended (the past two years), they have had numerous staff changes, extremely large student to teacher ratios (29-1), and underequipped teachers and staff. The staff are more focused on fundraising and making the school look 'pretty' than they are education. Such a disappointing experience for myself and my son.

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June 19, 2008
Brent is a very good scool I have been going there sence 1st grade.The kids are so nice and well behaved i just graduated from 6th grade class of 08.

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March 26, 2008
We had considered moving to the 'burbs for a better school system but the quality of this school is allowing us to continue living in the city. Our daughter has gone through the Pre-K3 program and is now in Pre-K4. She has had awesome teachers. We look forward to putting our son in when he is old enough. The new principal is awesome, and well respected by the Chancellor. There is a hard-core group of parents committed to raising money and improving the infrastructure, which is the one area currently lacking. But this should not obscure the great things going on inside.

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December 20, 2007
My son has been a student here since the 1st grade. I am so very pleased with Brent. The teachers are very involved, the students seem to be full of pride and school spirit! I made a great choice by enrolling him at Brent Elementary.

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August 14, 2007
Brent Elementary is a great school for your child.

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June 01, 2007
My pre-schooler has had a very good experience at Brent. My husband and I have been very pleased with Brent Elementary School both academically and socially. So much so that we expect to send our upcoming fourth grader there who has been home-schooled for the past two years. The principal has a leadership style that inspires educators, parents and students alike. It is a gem of school.

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Brent Museum Magnet School begins all students with the Smithsonian Museum high touch, high concept curriculum in the early grades, an introduction to Writers Workshop, integrated arts, and lab science in our Outdoor Classroom, on our Green Trail and in our butterfly and vegetable gardens on campus. Active learning, monthly discovery learning excursions beyond campus, and regular exhibit level performances by our partners from the Folger, our Chinese program instructors, and our students make for a full calendar of great reviews by family, friends, and our school community.


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Brent Elementary School
301 North Carolina Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC  20003
(202) 698-3363
Last modified Brent Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brent Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top