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Brent Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 347 students

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

I love Brent because of the great after school activities and the great teachers!!!!!


Posted 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 . . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Brent Elementary is the most challenging and rewarding neighborhood school in Washington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 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 !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

Brent Elementary is a great school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 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.
—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 43% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
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 2013.

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2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

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68%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%
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 43% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

19 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students88%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanic86%
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 Students84%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

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

Writing

All Students51%
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 Studentsn/a
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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Asiann/a
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Disabledn/a
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Science

All Students38%
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 "Rising".

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
White 64% 1%
Black 22% 1%
Hispanic 8% N/A
Two or more races 5% 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 12%N/AN/A
Special education 12%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 97%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 97%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 96%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 96%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 98%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:40am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Peter Young
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Fax number
  • (202) 698-3369

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Reading specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • 32 (Southern Ave - Friendship Heights), 34 (Archives - Naylor Rd Station), 36 (Friendship Heights - Naylor Rd Station), P6 (Rhode Island Station - Anacostia Station), DCN22 (Union Station), 96 (Capitol Heights Station - McLean Gardens), 97 (Union Station - Capitol Heights Station)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • American Legion
  • War College
  • AmeriCorps
  • US State Department
  • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Girls on the run
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Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • The brent elementary school parents and teachers association (pta) is an active part of the daily life at our school. the brent pta runs the before and after care program, supports teachers, holds fundraisers, and coordinates school events.
School colors
  • Khaki, White and Hunter Green
School mascot
  • Bears
More from this school
  • 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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301 North Carolina Ave. SE
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