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Barnard Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 603 students

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Posted December 30, 2012

As a revious student I, Myself can say that Barnard Elementary school has prepared me for my current success as a 10th grade student. They Offer wonderful electives and have ground breaking teachers, Mrs.Sharon F. McCrea to name just one. As a student of many schools and teachers I can say that this school has a staff that actually cares about its students not only education but overall well being and happiness.


Posted August 23, 2012

We appreciate the concern for each student's TOTAL well-being. The staff is very concerned about the student's social development as well as academic achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

Barnard is great school. I am very impressed by the teachers and the Principal, as they are pushing the kids to learn in the most fun way possible. My son loves going to school and comes home singing a new song at least twice a week. Barnard is doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

i am very happy to have my daughter in this school .so far it is agreat school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

Barnard is a great school. I have 1 child currently enrolled and one who graduated a year ago. Principal is Superb, Staff is very professional and my children love the school. I do not volunteer as often as I wanted to, but I was aware of the various activities that the PTA sponsored for all the students and staff at the school. It was a great Year. The PTA even got my retired mom to volunteer and she felt welcomed at the school. Barnard school encourages past students and parents and people in the neighborhood to be involved in this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2010

I gave Barnard a 4 Star rating because it is "Above Average" for a DCPS school, but I think it is more of a 3.5 star School. I have a child that is currently attending Barnard. On the + side Barnard's current Principal, Dr Reid, is very dedicated to the success of the school & the teachers seem to be dedicated to giving the children a quality education. If those are the main things you seek from a school then you should be more than happy to send your child to Barnard. HOWEVER, if you seek more for your child, you may want to look elsewhere. Barnard does not have adequate administrative support. With 435 students there is no Asst Principal (due to a hiring freeze there won t be an Asst Principal position this year) As for resources, Barnard lacks clubs or activities for your child to participate in. Part of this is because of the ineffectiveness of the PTA at Barnard. Although it is "active" it has a lot of organizing (and re-organizing) to do before it MIGHT become an effective organization. Although the PTA is unsatisfactory, there is an Early Childhood Education group that just started and is making a little bit of progress. Again, overall, Barnard is a 3.5 school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

We have been very impressed with Barnard's early childhood program for the last 2 years. The teachers are very dedicated and the school is very well-run. Faculty, staff, and children seem genuinely happy to be part of the Barnard family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

My son has been a student at Barnard for 3 years. It's really hard to find a SPED program in DC that has results. This one actually works! He has consistantly made improvement. His teachers are highly committed and involved. Great community and a Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

I think Barnard is a great school, I myself attended the old Barnard an loved it! Both of my children attend now an they love the enviroment as well as the teachers. As all schools it does have its downfalls but the positives out way the negatives
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

I think Barnard is a wonderful school, I myslef attended the old Barnard and I must admit that was a very enjoyable time in my life. My grand-daughter is currently a student and she loves it, she enjoys school and thinks the world of her teacher, Ms. Christian I have observed her in the classroom and under the circumstances, I think she's done a remarkable job. Ms. Christian possess what a good teacher should and that is take pride in her job as a educator. However, there is a negitive side, I have watched the behavior of several students in my judgement shouldn't be in the class with their disruptive behavior, I feel that thay are take advantange of the students that are there to learn. The staff should provide the needed support.


Posted March 29, 2007

Barnard Elementary School prepares children for real life situations. This starts from PreK to 5th grade. The Principal is highly involved with instruction, inservices for the teachers and knows each child and their capabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

Barnard Elementary provides a wonderful environment for a child to learn in. This newly built school is state of the art. Each and every classroom has at least four computers in it. The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty. Many of Barnard's teachers are like parents to a great deal of the kids. The males on the staff provide positive role models. For many of the students the males on the staff at Barnard are the only positive males they see or come in contact with. This is becuase more than half of the students at Barnard come from single parent households, run by women. The sports teams and afterschool programs provide the youth with an alternative to the streets. Instead of doing wrong the kids can direct their energies into something positive and worth while. Barnard aides me in bringing my son up in the right way.
—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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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26%

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54%

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61%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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65%
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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 58% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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62%

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61%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
54%

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61%

2010

 
 
69%
Writing

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 43% in 2011.

121 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

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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 Students26%
Black, non-Hispanic30%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Black, non-Hispanic41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
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 Students61%
Black, non-Hispanic59%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Black, non-Hispanic56%
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students60%
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 Students57%
Black, non-Hispanic51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Black, non-Hispanic66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students39%
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 52% 1%
Hispanic 41% N/A
Two or more races 3% 57%
White 3% 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 52%N/AN/A
Special education 15%N/A13%
English learners 30%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 97%N/AN/A
Hispanic 97%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 97%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 97%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 97%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math 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
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • First DCPS Team Award for Student Achievement (2007)
  • DCPS Team Award for Student Achievement (2009)

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
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Grace Reid
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 541-6010

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
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
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math 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
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • 62 (Takoma - Georgia Ave/Petworth Station), 63 (Takoma - Federal Triangle), 60, 64 (Federal Triangle - Fort Totten), 70 (9th & Maine St - Silver Spring Station), 71 (Buzzard Point - Silver Spring), 79 ( Archives - Silver Spring Station)
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Martha's Table
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • Heart of America
  • DC Boys Choir
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
School colors
  • Navy Blue and White
School mascot
  • Bear
School leaders can update this information here.

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