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Beers Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 391 students

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Posted October 22, 2013

I as a parent really care about education and feel that this schools doing more than educating our children... Most people say that the schools are really bad east of the River, but this is not true, Beers ES is the best Hidden Gem in SE DC. I am loving the academics and staff at the school and hope that all children can be educated and nurtured in the same manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

A DC STEM gem! Principal Payton is a veteran educator with a vision and a mission. Through her leadership, Beers has soared. Teacher turnover is low....practically non-existent and with a newly modernized building, Beers is truly headed in the right direction. Due to its success over recent years, there is a greater interest from Hillcrest families and others in the community, which will definitely attract even more high quality, high performing students. The biggest issue at Beers is the lack of parental involvement but that too is turning around. Get in while you can!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

This school is great! great! great!!!! cANT WAIT FOR MY DAUGHTER TO ATTEND THIS YEAR!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

1 word that will sum up everthing you would look for when choosing the right school for your child... AWSOME! Teacher.... AWSOME, Principal.... AWSOME, leaning/overall testing..... AWSOME! There are very few schools in this particular school district that will provide the highest quality education for your child, and Anne Beers ranks best. At the end of the day.... numbers don't lie, check their resume.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

My child is not a student here as of yet, but I pray he gets in. He has attended during the summer and I love the school. There is a pleasant atmosphere, the children and staff from Beers are respectable and well mannered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

I am really loving my children School. The staff is awesome and always professional, the teachers are very resourceful and the principal has the best interest for the children. She is the best.. Not to mention there were 2 teacher of the years from Beers ES one 3rd grade and one 5th grade teacher. Beers is the best hidden Gem East of the River...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2010

In the 3 years that my child has attended Anne Beers, I have found the principle and staff to be very accomodating, responsive and caring to my child and my needs. A large percentage of the parents are hands on and interactive the with the teachers to assist with their child's learning process. I 've had not problem with the Principle nor the teachers returining my phone calls. Overall having my child at Anne Beers give me a since of comfort knowning that she will be looked after physcally and educationally
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Beers has the NASA Program, it is a STEM School, they are a SAM school,how great is that! The teachers really care and work hard to make sure that the children get it. The best part is that many of the staff have had their own children at Beers, what a testiment. They have a great principal finally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

Anne Beers is a magnificient school. The principal and teachers work hard. The teachers all work together. Anne Beers is a family school. They even have community people who volunteer in the school. All of this good stuff is because of the new principal that we got in 2006. The building is much nicer and the staff work hard. They really care about the children and push them hard. Now maybe Beers will get back to where it use to be.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 7, 2005

There are no current activities for the musically inclined student. My experiences with Beers Elem. have been horrible. The kids are rude and bullies. They have a tendency to disrespect each other and continuously 'assault' each other. I have two children attending this school and the coaches for the cheerleaders, has 'accidently' forgot to bring my children to me. Basically, my oldest child was left at an Elementary School in Washington, DC without supervision. Imagine that! What type of staff does this principal hire or allow to volunteer. Are the children really safe at Anne Beers? Does the staff really care about these kids? Or are they just doing enough to get their paychecks? The principal doesn't return phone calls, doesn't follow-up for scheduled appointments, and in the time of crisis - he ignores the parents needs and feelings. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS 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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
29%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
17%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

133 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

39 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
17%
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 Students33%
Black, non-Hispanic33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Black, non-Hispanic31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
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 Students54%
Black, non-Hispanic54%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Black, non-Hispanic38%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students37%
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 Students63%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Black, non-Hispanic59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students37%
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
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 66%N/AN/A
Special education 21%N/A13%
English learners 1%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 99%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 98%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 99%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(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)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Rewards School Program (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • None offered at this time.
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Gwendolyn Payton
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 645-3225

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None offered at this time.
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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(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)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
  • W4 (Deanwood Station - Anacostia Station), V5, M2 (L'Enfant Plaza - Fairfax Village), 36 (Friendship Heights - Naylor Road Station), 39 (Potomac Park - Naylor Rd Station), F14 (New Carrolton - Naylor Rd Station), 34 (Suitland Station)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Georgetown University Marine Biology
  • Walmart
  • Drinker and Biddle
  • NASA Goddard
  • Children/s Hopital
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Blue, Yellow
School mascot
  • Cheetah
More from this school
  • Anne Beers is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Catalyst School, only one of 6 in the District. Beers holds 3 STEM events during the school year which highlight student learning and showcases our STEM partners such as Georgetown University, Children's National Hospital, District Department of Environment (DDOE), The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Drinker Biddle Law Firm, Walmart, The Air and Space Museum and NASA, to name a few.
School leaders can update this information here.

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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
214
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
214
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