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Bancroft Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 473 students

We are best known for dual immersion program (spa).
 
 

 
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4 stars

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Posted November 25, 2013

I would not recommend this school to any one because the teachers and staff members are careless. My brother is currently attending this school, and I have a complain to whoever is reading this. While my brother was waiting in line to go upstairs to his class; one of the kids was pushing him, and the teacher who saw it did not say a word. My mom was there and stopped the kid, and when my mom told the lady who was watching the group and my brother what happened; all that lady did was smiled and giggled. If my mom was not there, and my brother got pushed down the stairs. I will definitely sue that lady and the school for being careless and irresponsible. Another complain is why is my brother being force to learn another language. Ok, I understand learning two languages is helpful. However, my brother is not passing his spanish class because as a Vietnamese-American family, we don't speak spanish! So learning spanish should be an option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

School has hard working teachers, and wonderful student and family population. Leadership leads lots to be desired: not accomodating and mistreat staff. Hard working teachers is what drives this school, not the leadership. I would look at other options when choosing this as a place to work or send my child.


Posted June 20, 2012

My husband and I had a difficult choice, as we were accepted at Eaton -- a well regarded school where some of our Mt Pleasant neighbors send their kids. We are very happy with our choice to stay at Bancroft, the local school nestled against Rock Creek Park. We love the bilingual immersion program and the new "tools of the mind" curriculum -- a UN approved approach to teaching real life skills and self-regulation (making intentional, considered choices etc.) The focus the school puts on gardening / growing food and field trips was also a huge plus. Bancroft does a fantastic job at uniting racially, ethnically and economically diverse groups: we have become involved in the PTA to help the school improve its test scores, which mask how wonderful this school is. I think Bancroft could be the next Oyster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

This school is a hidden gem. My daughter has had a very successful school year. She is in the PS-3 immersion class. Neither my husband or I are Spanish speakers and my daughter is pretty fluent. I could not have had selected better teachers. The aftercare program is good and well organized. The teachers do a wonderful job with the kids. The PTA is strong and active. I have enjoyed the kids and parents we have met this year. There are tons of family and student events happening through the school year. All have been fun and VERY well organized. The school itself could use a facelift, but that is minor to me. The education my daughter has received has been top notch this year and this coming from someone who has been a professional in education for over 10 years in one of the best area districts. My husband and I were drawn to Bancroft because it is bilingual and I really want to support neighborhood schools. However, if we were dissatisfied we would have pulled her and sent her to another school. Luckily we are very happy and plan to send our son to Bancroft in another year. Take a chance on this school, you will not be sorry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

We have been pleased with the school as a whole and very impressed with her teacher in particular. The PS 3 immersion class is wonderful and we love that we walk to school and see friends and neighbors along the way. It really makes you feel part of a smaller community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

I have lived within a few blocks of Bancroft since I was a college student, and I am now pleased to be sending my older child there. The dual language/Spanish immersion is a wonderful opportunity for both native English and Spanish-speaking children. The atmosphere is especially friendly and warm. I hope to see continued innovation in their programs and support for the hard-working staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

I love Bancroft's nurturing and supportive environment. The bilingual program is fantastic, too. Staff and administration are always available to answer questions and address concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

I love the interaction that the school have with the children as well as the local community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

This school has done a wonderful job with my son. I am very pleased and would recommend it to everyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

The dual-language program used is a huge asset, as is the special ed inclusion. Family atmosphere and, miraculously, teachers seem to know all 450 students. Plenty of attention for each child here. It's not perfect but it's a public school. If Bancroft can weather the current DCPS administration (Rhee and co.) they will remain the well-kept secret gem they are. Diversity of student body is another huge asset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

What I love most is the dedication of the teachers, the activities, and the support by the local community for children and children's activities. My daughter who is not a native Spanish speaker is learning so much so fast my husband and I have to start taking lessons ourselves. I also like how they address the needs of students. My daughter reads a grade ahead of her age and they give her work that is up to her level while incorporating those differences in her regular class. Her class also includes special needs children who participate seamlessly. Bancroft is gem in the DC School system and we are lucky to be here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

What I like most about Bancroft is the international student body, which I believe will prepare my grandson to particpate in a global society! The majority of the children are from homes where the primary language spoken is Spanish, which presents some instructional challenges. But, the principal and teachers are dedicated, the parents are supportive of the school. By the time my grandson leaves Bancroft I expect that he'll be fluent in Spanish (and maybe Vietnamese since is best friend emigrated from that country).


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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
45%
Writing

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
40%
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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2011.

181 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 35% in 2011.

50 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
40%
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 Students23%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficient20%

Reading

All Students24%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficient20%
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 Students76%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanic77%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Hispanic40%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

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

Math

All Students69%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students48%
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
Hispanic 74% N/A
White 10% 1%
Black 8% 1%
Asian 7% N/A
Two or more races N/A 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 75%N/AN/A
Special education 11%N/A13%
English learners 59%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 100%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 100%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 99%N/AN/A
Hispanic 100%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 100%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 99%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 99%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 100%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)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Vietnamese
Vietnamese
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More (2009)
  • TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
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
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese

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
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:15pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Alison Auerbach
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) 671-5033

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
  • Tools of the Mind
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • 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
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

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)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • H3 (Brookland - Tenley Circle), H4 (Brookland - Tenleytown), H8 (Rhode Island Ave - Mount Pleasant), S1, S2, S9 (16th & Colorado - McPherson Square), S4 (Silver Spring - Federal Triangle), 42 (Metro Center - Mt Pleasant), H2 (Van Ness UDC - Brookland), 52, 53, 54 (L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square)
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • FBI
  • Archaeology in the Community
  • Young Playwrights Theatre
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Girls on the Run
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Girls on the run
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • blue, gold
School mascot
  • bengal
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5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
470
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
870

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1755 Newton St. NW
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