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1350 Upshur Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20011

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(202) 671-6270
(202) 576-7155
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December 01, 2014
We are very excited to learn that on Nov 20th our kid's principal at Powell won the 2014 DCPS Principal of the Year award. We would like to share with potential parents looking at Powell that Ms. Docal is very attentive to the needs of the students, parents, and her staff. She has set a high bar for standards and turned this DCPS around. My spouse, who is an educator at UMD, is very impressed by what he's seen in the classroom in terms of class management, positive learning environment, and academic rigor. We both had the chance to visit a Kinder class and a 5th-grade class (both dual language/bilingual classrooms) and I personally enjoyed the lots of examples of individualized attention for students, and seeing the high participation level of the different students. We love that the school educates students in English and Spanish-still a rarity in the U.S. at this level. Most or all classes have 2 teachers. Impressive! If you are not interested in that, Powell also has an English-only track in every grade. Our 4-year-old even has yoga classes on Wednesday afternoon, a really nice perk. Again, we are very impressed by the Powell team and by everything happening in this school.

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August 13, 2014
I am very impressed by Principal Docal and Vice Principal Sanders. They have high standards for the students and teachers. After witnessing several interactions between them and students at the school, I am convinced that they enjoy children and sincerely want them to succeed. I am also very impressed with our daughter's preschool teacher. She is the perfect match for our daughter, who needs a lot of structure with a touch of strict discipline to keep her in line and to encourage her to learn. Our daughter entered the spring term late, and once she was in class, she truly flourished both personally and academically. I only wish the bilingual support structure were more effective. Right now, I don't perceive of it as very strong, in part because the teacher's aide's verbal acumen and lexical register could be higher. That being said, our daughter is being taught Spanish and she has improved over the course of several months. At Powell, we have found the right fit for our daughter and a school that will nurture that relationship.

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April 30, 2014
I believe that the right school leader is the key ingredient to school turnaround. And Powell ES has an outstanding school leader who is so clearly focused on ensuring all students at Powell have a high-quality education. Our child (in english/spanish PK3) is thriving. And, we've seen remarkable progress by all the students in the class, regardless of race or socio-economic background, even those who started off way behind at the top of the year. What we most appreciate about Powell: 1. The principal 2. The teachers - dedicated, attentive. focused on student growth and continual progress 3. Tools of the Mind - we didn't have a strong preference before but we now really appreciate the foundation for self-discipline and focus that our child is building 4. The focus on parent engagement through the Flamboyan Foundation programs 5. The diversity - at a glance, the school is most obviously diverse in the youngest classrooms. But if you look more closely, there is great diversity across all grades and that diversity is explored and celebrated 6. The sense of community Truly, Powell is a wonderful, learning-rich school.

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April 29, 2014
My kids (second grade and Pre-K 4) started attending Powell this year and I simply cannot say enough good things about this school! My son especially has come a long way academically; he was a below-average student in his previous school (in Maryland), and has made significant strides this year to catch up to his peers. My daughter is doing great academically as well, and is growing in fluency in Spanish daily (she is in the dual language program). I love the teachers, staff and administration and they really do work well with the parents. Our school has a wonderful community. Next year my son will be in the Pre-K 3 program at Powell, and I can't wait. It's a real shame that Powell's 5 star rating is being dragged down by one 1 star comment (that honestly could have been written by my 2nd grader...). I do encourage anyone who doubts Powell's ratings to come and tour the school and see all that has been accomplished. This is truly a shining star among DCPS Schools.

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April 08, 2014
I love that the school is so welcoming. There is an amazing community and they are working hard to improve the test scores. Kids are happy. Teachers seem happy. They have practically done a home visit of about 95% of the students at the school. Great programs. And happy about the appropriation passed to remodel the school.

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April 06, 2014
My daughter loves this school, we are from Brazil and I choose this one because is a dual language school, she is in Kinder, she can read and do math pretty good.

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December 20, 2013
Powell is a wonderful school. The following is an excerpt from a note is we sent to the principal: We are writing to express how much we appreciate the teaching team of Mr. X and Ms. Y. Our son is learning so much, from starting to sound out words and speaking Spanish in full sentences to learning to better regulate his emotions and exhibiting increased self confidence. Most importantly, he is happy and looks forward to going to school every day. Mr. X is a gem, and we tell this to everyone who asks us about our experience at Powell. He has an amazing ability to connect with his students. He talks to them and shows that he cares about what they are doing and how they are feeling. He works creatively with his students to solve conflicts in the classroom and on the playground, and we have seen the role playing he directs being put into action. Mr. X also goes above and beyond to communicate any issues or positive feedback related to our son. We even recall receiving a call on a Friday evening, long after the call of duty had ended. We feel very lucky that our son was placed in Mr. X's classroom and are happy we made the decision to enroll at Powell.

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December 14, 2013
Powell is a great school, their bilingual and early childhood education programs are strong. Powell is one of DCPS success stories with great gain in Math this year from 48% last year to 63% Proficient , and in Reading from 37% to 45% Proficient. Powell is one of the top 12 DCPS schools showing DC-CAS improvement in 2013. Our enrollment increased exponentially, from 219 in 2009 to 407 in 2013. The Embassy of Spain names Powell the second best bilingual school in the US. Principal Docal just won one of the seven 2013 Rubenstein Awards for DC Schools Leadership.

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December 13, 2013
Powell is a great place to have a child in early childhood education and parents should see it for themselves. We looked all over DC - DCPS, charter and private - and were thrilled with what they are actually doing in our child's class. Your sense of "reputation" or a quick look at "demographics" should not, I repeat, not, keep you from seeing what is going on at Powell. The Tools of the Mind curriculum for small kids is so fun, and engaging, and based on brain science. I feel jealous of my child! And the upper grades are doing well, with very, very fast gains in test scores. And the principal is very engaging and pouring her heart into this school and it is working. The parent organization is up and coming but still has improvements to make. All in all, a school like this is heartening for those who wonder if DCPS can succeed. Powell certainly can.

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August 23, 2013
The love and dedication towards our children here is beyond measure! The staff is dedicated beyond compare and works around the clock to provide the best for our children. I couldn't be more excited about the year to come and the progress that our students will achieve this year!!

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June 04, 2013
This reviews are too good to be true. check your self the test scores, and also chek if this will be here tomorrow. The real review was in 2010, but after a bad real one they became crazy doing more and taking out all others. Loock yourself if is too good to be true, please think about.

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May 29, 2013
My 3 year old is just finishing up her first year at Powell and has flourished at Powell! The staff and principal are incredibly responsive, talented, and dedicated. And the preschool classrooms will be renvoated for use next year! If you are thinking about this school PLEASE take a tour and see it for yourself. Powell currently offers one-hour tours from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. every Tuesday. If you can't make it during school hours (which I highly recommend) call (202) 671-6270 to arrange an appointment. Additionally, the preschool classrooms are being renovated next year. We couldn't be happier.

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May 24, 2013
Powell Elementary School is a very good school. I recommend the school for your children.

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May 24, 2013
I've been a parent here at Powell before Ms.Docal is the Principal and I've seen all the positive changes she brought into the school. She guided and anchored this school for the better.She's 100% focus on Academics, which I like a lot because my children benefited from it.I'm proud of what my children's accomplished because of the dedication of the teachers,staffs and especially the principal in making Powell a better school for them to attend to.

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May 24, 2013
My son attends preschool at Powell and the program is great. His teacher is very communicative and gives us lots of updates on his progress. She's gone out of her way to bring him out of his shell. The school itself has a great sense of school spirit. There are lots of positive things happening at Powell!

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May 22, 2013
My family and I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Powell community. The leadership, teachers, and staff are always looking out for us, and my daughter has made leaps and bounds in her first year. As a four year old she is already sounding out and trying to write entire words and sentences, and her Spanish has really improved! So grateful we are already enrolled for next year!

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May 22, 2013
My 4 year old is finishing up her first year at Powell Elementary School, and we have been very happy with our experience. The teachers and staff are amazing. The principal is incredibly hardworking. My daughter has grown tremendously both academically and personally through her time at Powell, and I've been particularly impressed with the accessibility of her classroom teacher (I have her personal phone number, her email address, her facebook, and have even begun following her blog). Principal Docal has been a similarly awesome resource for me this year. All of my questions have been answered quickly, and she has worked to include me in as many processes as she could (which I appreciate, because I'm *that* kind of mom.) All in all, it's just been an awesome year. The building is pretty run down at the moment, but after a LOT of lobbying by principal Docal and the parents organization, we are finally getting our renovation and expansion underway - the very day that school lets out for the summer!

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August 24, 2010
im very happy that my kids attend at powell school because they really work with that kids i just gotta say 1 up and continue with the exelent job the you guys doing

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At Powell, our primary focus is on academic rigor, teaching and learning, and educating the whole child in a nurturing community and family-friendly school so that all students are prepared to succeed at the high school and college of their choice. Small classes taught by a highly qualified faculty with two educators in each classroom under the leadership of a dynamic principal Dual language programs for each student to learn English and Spanish Strong English Language Learning instruction

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Powell Elementary School
1350 Upshur Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20011
(202) 671-6270
Last modified Powell Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Powell Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top