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11/20/2014 Chancellor Henderson Announces Janeece Docal as 2014 DCPS Principal of the Year

At a surprise visit at Powell Elementary School today, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Janeece Docal as the 2014 DCPS Principal of the Year and recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award. Ms. Docal has been the principal at Powell since the 2009-2010 school year. Learn More »

11/17/2014 Seven DCPS Teachers Surprised with 10K Prizes as Excellence In Teaching Winners

Seven highly effective educators from across the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) were named 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award winners today. Learn More »

11/07/2014 Lockheed Martin Helps Expand DCPS STEM Curriculum through Multi-Million Dollar Investment in PLTW

Grant will expand college and career-focused STEM curriculum Learn More »

10/10/2014 Statement from Chancellor Kaya Henderson on the Passing of Duke Ellington Principal John Payne

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement mourning the death of Father John Payne, the principal of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Father Payne has been working with Duke Ellington since 1995. Learn More »

09/24/2014 DCPS Creates New School Academy to Support Growing Population of New Immigrant Students

As the number of new immigrant students enrolling in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) continues to increase, a new International Academy at Cardozo Education Campus launched this school year to meet the unique academic, social and emotional needs of English Language Learner students (ELL). Learn More »

09/09/2014 Statement from Chancellor Henderson Regarding Inaccuracies in Petula Dvorak Washington Post Column

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson released the following statement highlighting inaccuracies in Petula Dvorak column in today’s Washington Post Learn More »

08/25/2014 DCPS Begins New School Year with Highest Number of Students in Five Years

Today, 111 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) opened their doors to welcome more than 47,000 students for the 2014-2015 school year, the highest enrollment on the first day of school in the past five years. Learn More »

08/12/2014 DCPS Promotes Eight Internal Leaders to Principal Roles

Eight new leaders, trained through a leadership fellowship started by the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), have secured principal positions within the school system for the 2014-2015 school year. Learn More »

07/31/2014 DCPS Students Continue to Demonstrate Growth

Students in the District of Columbia Public Schools continued to demonstrate growth with modest gains on the 2014 DC CAS. Students reached all-time highs in the percentage of students proficient in math and English Language Arts (ELA). Learn More »

06/19/2014 Chancellor Henderson Announces DCPS Will Not Use Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Next School Year

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today that the school system will not use student test scores for teachers’ 2014-15 performance evaluations. Learn More »

06/18/2014 DCPS Reaches Agreements with Three Union Partners

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has reached agreements with three local union partners, including the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2921, Teamsters Local 639 and the Council of School Officers (CSO). Learn More »

06/04/2014 DCPS Gears Up for Summer of Learning and Exploration

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has an exciting array of programs, offerings and academic experiences planned for the summer months for students. Academic and enrichment opportunities are available for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Learn More »

05/16/2014 Statement from Chancellor Henderson Commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education Ruling

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement today commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education landmark Supreme Court case. Learn More »

05/14/2014 New Programs and Approach Proposed for Roosevelt High School in Ward 4

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today a proposal to transform Roosevelt High School into a new international relations focused school, capitalizing on the opportunities which will become available through the modernization of the school. Learn More »

05/12/2014 DCPS to Create New “City As a Classroom” Experience for Students

A group of 30 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teachers, parents and central office launched a new task force to create “The City As Our Classroom” curriculum to support student learning. Learn More »

05/05/2014 DCPS Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week With #DCPSlove

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) kicks off a week of celebrating, honoring and thanking teachers as part of national Teacher Appreciation Week. Learn More »

04/30/2014 DCPS Expands Successful Parent Engagement Partnership

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and the Flamboyan Foundation will expand their successful family engagement work to six new elementary schools in the 2014-2015 school year in addition to the fifteen schools where the program is already in place. Learn More »

03/24/2014 Schools Plan Engaging Activities Using New School Funds

All 111 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) received approval for their proposals to implement or expand activities, programming and other engagement to help students like their school using new funds available through the Proving What’s Possible (PWP) for Student Satisfaction Award. Learn More »

03/18/2014 Chancellor Henderson Creates New Parent Cabinet

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the names of the 25 parents and DCPS community members serving on the new DCPS Parent Cabinet. Learn More »

03/12/2014 DCPS Invests Millions on Middle Schools and Struggling Schools in Budget for Upcoming School Year

Chancellor Proposes Extended School Day for Middle Schools and Lowest Performing Elementary Schools Learn More »

02/25/2014 Chancellor Henderson to Provide Millions of Dollars to Schools to Increase Student Satisfaction

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson will award approximately $5 million to schools to help improve student satisfaction for the 2014-2015 school year. Learn More »

02/20/2014 Schools Across DC Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout the city, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is honoring and celebrating Black History Month this month with a variety of events, classes, screenings and other activities at schools. Learn More »

02/11/2014 DCPS Students Take and Pass More Advanced Placement Courses and Exams

More District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students than ever before are taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses, according to data available from the College Board made available today. Learn More »

02/04/2014 DCPS Increases Access to Technology Across the District

Two Elementary Schools Are Using a Full Blended Learning Model Learn More »

01/28/2014 DCPS Teacher Among First Lady’s Invited Guests Tonight

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement today honoring Kathy Hollowell-Makle, DCPS’ 2013 Teacher of the Year and a 16-year teaching veteran. Hollowell-Makle is a teacher at Simon Elementary School in Southeast DC. Learn More »

01/24/2014 Chancellor Henderson and DCPS Mourn the Loss of Virginia Williams

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement today mourning the loss of former Mayor Anthony Williams’s mother Virginia Williams. Learn More »

01/23/2014 Chancellor Henderson Launches Task Force to Help Put Testing in the Proper Perspective

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today a new task force to ensure DCPS is using assessments in the smartest way possible, by minimizing student time and stress related to testing and maximizing how DCPS uses tests to improve student learning. Learn More »

01/10/2014 Dunbar Aquatic Facility to Open for Public Use

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12/18/2013 Test Results Showing DCPS with Greatest Growth of Any Urban District

Results Show Big Gains in Math and Reading for DCPS 4th and 8th Graders Learn More »

12/12/2013 DCPS Makes Major Investment to Enhance Student Learning

New Supplies and Materials in Schools Will Support Libraries, Literacy, Technology and Music Learn More »

12/11/2013 New Joint Report Outlines Academic and Discipline Trends in Public Schools in DC

Agencies responsible for public education in the District of Columbia today announced the release of the first-ever District of Columbia School Equity Reports. Learn More »

11/07/2013 Chancellor Henderson: DC is Showing the Nation What is Possible

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement today after the National Assessment Governing Board released the results from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card. Learn More »

11/04/2013 Luke James and Estelle to Perform at the Fourth Annual Standing Ovation Event

The DC Public Education Fund and DC Public Schools will honor the hard work and dedication of outstanding teachers, principals and support staff at the fourth annual Standing Ovation for DC Teachers at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This unique awards show will feature musical performances by American R&B singer, Luke James, and by English R&B singer-songwriter, Estelle. Learn More »

10/23/2013 DCPS Announces Winners of Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards

With Standing Ovation for DC Teachers less than two weeks away, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the winners of the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Leadership awards, continuing a month of celebrating teachers in October. Learn More »

10/17/2013 Teacher Performance Improved Under DC's Teacher Evaluation System, New Study Finds

Teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) improved because of the school system’s teacher evaluation system (IMPACT), according to a new study out today. The study, released by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, also found DCPS is replacing low-performing teachers with even stronger teachers, and the school system is retaining its best teachers at very high rates. Learn More »

10/15/2013 Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson Announce 2013 DCPS Principal and Teacher of the Year

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the 2013 DCPS Principal and Teacher of the Year. The Principal of the Year is Abdullah Zaki of Kelly Miller Middle School. The Teacher of the Year is Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a kindergarten Teacher at Simon Elementary School. Learn More »

10/07/2013 DCPS Celebrates Educators Leading Up to “Standing Ovation” Event

Leading up to the star-studded Standing Ovation for DC Teachers event at the Kennedy Center on November 4th, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is honoring, recognizing and highlighting the success of great teachers in the District’s schools during the month of October, including announcing the winners of prestigious awards. Learn More »

08/26/2013 DCPS Opens With Students Ready to Learn and Build on Previous Year Success

Today, 111 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) opened with students ready to learn and teachers ready to teach. Learn More »

07/30/2013 DCPS Students Achieve at Highest Levels Ever in Recent History

More DCPS students than ever before are proficient in math and reading on the 2013 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System exam (DC CAS), according to data released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Learn More »

07/01/2013 DCPS Establishes Ninth Grade Academies to Support Incoming Freshman

In the 2013-2014 school year, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will establish targeted ninth grade academy programs at nine comprehensive high schools across the District to help first-year ninth grade students successfully transition to and succeed in high school. Learn More »

05/16/2013 Chancellor Henderson, Attorney General Nathan Applaud Judge’s Ruling on District of Columbia School Consolidation

Judge Boasberg stated that, “In this case, there is no evidence whatsoever of any intent to discriminate on the part of Defendants, who are actually transferring children out of weaker, more segregated, and under-enrolled schools.” Learn More »

05/09/2013 Chancellor Henderson Statement on the DC Council’s Approval of DCPS’ FY14 Budget

We appreciate the Council’s hard work in regards to reviewing and approving our budget. The Council has agreed to the vast majority of our budget proposal. Learn More »

05/08/2013 DCPS and Achievement Prep to Engage Community About Upcoming Partnership in Ward 8

In order to expand the number of high-quality seats for families in Ward 8, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School (Achievement Prep) will collaborate to create a new, innovative partnership school for the 2014-15 school year that will be located at a modernized Malcolm X Elementary School building. Learn More »

04/30/2013 DCPS Releases Facts and Figures Budget Guide

DCPS today issued a Facts and Figures Budget Guide to explain and provide details about DCPS’ Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal and plans for the upcoming school year. Learn More »

04/23/2013 DCPS Announces Updates to the School Year to Make Up Cancelled School Days

In order to fulfill the requirement of 180 instructional days in the school year, DCPS will need to restore two instructional days lost due to inclement weather. Learn More »

04/22/2013 Wilson High School Named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Wilson High School in Ward 3 was named a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Learn More »

04/19/2013 DCPS Restructures Athletic Conference

DCPS will realign its athletic conference within the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) to create and cultivate a more competitive and exciting conference. Learn More »

04/17/2013 Eastern Senior High School First in the City to Offer IB Diploma at a Neighborhood High School

Beginning in August, Eastern Senior High School will be the only comprehensive, neighborhood high school in the District of Columbia to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. Learn More »

04/12/2013 Chancellor Henderson Statement on OSSE 2012 DC CAS Investigation

Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement today after the Office of the State Superintendent of Education released the findings of their investigation into the 2012 DC CAS. Learn More »

04/10/2013 DCPS Principal and Special Education Teacher Win Prestigious Washington Post Awards

Two District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) educators were honored today among the best in the region by the Washington Post. Learn More »

03/21/2013 Chancellor Henderson Statement on Abigail Smith as New Deputy Mayor for Education

Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued the following statement on Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s announcement of Abigail Smith as the new Deputy Mayor for Education. Learn More »

03/11/2013 DCPS Offers More Families Seats in Schools of Their Choice Through Lottery

More families received seats at schools of their choice through the 2013 DC Public Schools (DCPS) Online Lottery Application than in 2012 Learn More »

03/07/2013 DCPS Launches Campaign to Attract Top Educators from Across the Country

DCPS is engaged in a new recruitment campaign to bring the best teachers and principals in the country to the nation’s capital. Learn More »

02/27/2013 11th Grade DCPS Students to Take SAT for Free Today

Today, 11th grade District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students will take the SAT in their high schools as part of a national SAT School Day. Learn More »

02/26/2013 New $1.25 Million College Scholarship Fund Created for Cardozo High School Students

Thanks to a generous donation by the Abramson Family Foundation, a new scholarship will be available through the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) to Cardozo High School students beginning this spring. Learn More »

02/25/2013 DCPS Revokes Dunbar High School’s Turkey Bowl Championship Win

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) today announced that Dunbar High School must forfeit its victory of the annual Turkey Bowl playoff football game. Learn More »

02/04/2013 DCPS Launches Online Lottery Application

The Online Lottery Application launched this week allowing families to apply to early childhood education programs as well as schools outside their neighborhood or assigned schools for grades. Learn More »

01/17/2013 Chancellor Henderson Announces Final School Consolidations Plan

Chancellor Henderson released today “Better Schools for All Students,” which outlines feedback from the community and details what will happen with each school proposed for consolidation. Learn More »

01/15/2013 DCPS Announces Innovative Internship Program for Students with Disabilities

Today DCPS will launch a new career-focused mentoring program for high school students with disabilities. Learn More »

01/14/2013 Roberta Flack Headlines Standing Ovation Event at the Kennedy Center Tonight

Tonight, the DC Public Education Fund will host the third annual A Standing Ovation to celebrate DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) Highly Effective teachers and leaders. Learn More »

01/08/2013 Chancellor Henderson Responds to Allegations of Testing Impropriety in PBS Frontline Documentary

On PBS tonight [Jan 8. 2013,] a documentary is airing about the former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Learn More »

12/13/2012 Chancellor Henderson Thanks Library Task Force for Their Hard Work

Chancellor Kaya Henderson today released the following statement thanking the recently appointed School Library Task Force for their time and hard work in pulling together a report with recommendations of how DCPS can better support school libraries. Learn More »

11/30/2012 Chancellor Henderson Announces DCPS Public Budget Hearing

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm, DCPS will hold the FY 2014 Budget Hearing. Learn More »

11/13/2012 DCPS Invites Community Feedback on Proposed List of School Consolidations

DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced and requested public feedback on a proposal to consolidate 20 schools in six wards across the city. Learn More »

11/08/2012 More Students Graduate from DCPS High Schools in 2012

A higher percentage of students graduated from DCPS high schools in 2012 than in 2011, according to data released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Learn More »

10/26/2012 Chancellor Henderson Announces Taskforce to Support School Libraries

DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced a task force to better support school libraries. The DCPS Library Task Force will make recommendations for consideration and possible implementation in the 2013-2014 school year. Learn More »

10/17/2012 Chancellor Henderson and Teach to One Unveil Customized Math Instruction at Hart Middle School

Teach to One: Math is revolutionizing math instruction at Hart by providing instruction on multiple skills at multiple academic levels each class period. Learn More »

10/11/2012 Mayor Gray, Chancellor Henderson Announce 2012 Principal and Teacher of the Year

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the 2012 Principal and Teacher of the Year. Learn More »

10/04/2012 DCPS Awards Outstanding Teachers and School Leaders

Beginning this month, DCPS will celebrate and honor the District’s high performing teachers and school leaders with teaching and leadership awards. Learn More »

09/27/2012 DCPS Wins Over $62 Million in Federal Grant to Reward and Retain Great Teachers

DCPS will receive over $62 million over five years to help reward, retain, and provide more professional development opportunities to teachers and principals with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn More »

09/25/2012 DCPS Students Soar on Advanced Placement Exams

Students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) made tremendous progress both in participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, according to a new report released today The College Board. Learn More »

09/07/2012 McKinley Tech Named National Blue Ribbon School

McKinley Technology High School was recognized today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as one of 269 schools across the country named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Learn More »

09/06/2012 DCPS Launches New Teacher Career Ladder

DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced a new initiative to help recognize and retain great teachers. Learn More »

09/04/2012 First Week of DCPS Positive and Productive

DCPS welcomed back thousands of students across the city for the 2012-2013 school year that started on August 27th. Learn More »

08/08/2012 Chancellor Henderson Releases Inspector General’s Report on Testing Integrity in 2010

DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today released the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on the 2010 DC CAS investigation. The report, requested by Henderson in March of 2011, found that there is no widespread cheating at DCPS, among other findings. Learn More »

08/03/2012 Chancellor Henderson Announces Updates to Teacher Evaluation System

Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced a number of updates to the school system’s teacher evaluation system, known as IMPACT.  The changes, which will go into effect at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, reflect extensive input from employees and other stakeholders gathered over the past year. Learn More »

07/26/2012 Five-year DC CAS Scores Show Steady Growth, Areas for Improvement

District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students have shown notable growth over the past five years, according to results of the 2012 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) released today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). During the 2011-2012 school year, the percentage of elementary students in DCPS who scored proficient in reading and math increased, after a two-year decline. Secondary scores declined slightly this year. Learn More »

07/20/2012 DCPS Deputy Chief Wins Prestigious Curriculum Award

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Deputy Chief Academic Officer for Curriculum and Instruction Brian Pick received the Council of Great City Schools Curriculum Leadership Award last week at a meeting of 300 curriculum directors from all the major school districts across the country. Learn More »

06/22/2012 Independent Test Security Investigators Release 2011 DC CAS Report

58 classrooms cleared of impropriety; cheating confirmed in two DCPS classrooms Learn More »

06/14/2012 Mayor Gray, Chancellor Henderson Announce the Winners of $10 million in Proving What is Possible Grants

District-wide, 108 schools submitted 135 applications for the grant program, called Proving What’s Possible (PWP) Learn More »

05/24/2012 Unveiling the Future of Education at Kramer Middle School

Ward 8 school transitioning to new online learning model for SY 2012-2013 Learn More »

05/04/2012 Excess Notices Sent to Washington Teacher Union Members

Today, the DCPS issued excess notices to 333 Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) members. Learn More »

04/25/2012 DCPS Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Literacy Grant from Target

DCPS was chosen as one of two school districts across the country to receive a new multi-million dollar grant from Target to help improve literacy. Learn More »

04/23/2012 DCPS School Chosen as First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Stoddert Elementary School in Ward 3 was named a Green Ribbon School today by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED announced these first-ever awards today at an event at Stoddert. Learn More »

04/18/2012 Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Chancellor Kaya Henderson Announce Strategic Plan to Accelerate Progress in D.C. Public Schools

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced an aggressive strategy to rebuild the District’s traditional public schools into a high-quality, vibrant system that earns the confidence of the entire community. Learn More »

04/17/2012 DCPS Maintains Strong Test Security Protocols as Administration of DC CAS Begins This Week

Schools across the district are preparing this week for the upcoming 2012 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), which begins next Tuesday, April 17.  Learn More »

04/12/2012 DCPS Announces New $10 Million Proving What is Possible Grant to Schools

District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced a new $10 million grant program to dramatically improve student outcomes across the district.  Beginning today, all schools will be able to apply for the program, called Proving What’s Possible (PWP). Learn More »

04/05/2012 Chancellor Henderson Applauds More Accuracy with New Graduation Rate Calculation

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson welcomed today the new graduation rate calculation released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The new calculation method, the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR), is required by the US Department of Education. Learn More »

03/30/2012 DCPS Receives Across the Board Increase in Lottery Applications

DCPS experienced an across-the-board increase in applications for the annual Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and K-12 Out-of-Boundary lottery with strong gains at the preschool and pre-kindergarten levels reflecting a continuing trend of growth in those grades. Learn More »

03/22/2012 Aspiring Scientists to Compete for Prizes in DC STEM Fair on March 24

Hundreds of students from dozens of schools across the District will display projects and compete for awards and prizes in the DC STEM Fair scheduled Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Wilson High School Learn More »

03/16/2012 DCPS Creates Advisory Committee to Address Bullying in Schools

Today, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the formation of an Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee that will meet monthly to address bullying in DC Public Schools. Learn More »

03/08/2012 DCPS to Participate in OSSE Led Independent Testing Integrity Investigation

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will support an independent investigation into 2011 DC CAS results to be conducted by Alvarez and Marsal Public Sector Services, LLC (A&M), DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today. Learn More »

03/06/2012 DC Public School Unveils Middle Grades Plan for Ward 5

DCPS will offer compelling new programs for middle grades at three Ward 5 schools, including a stand-alone Arts Integration and World Language middle school at Brookland; an International Baccalaureate program at Browne Education Campus; and a middle school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) integration program at McKinley. Learn More »

02/29/2012 DCPS Seeks Food Service Contractor for 2012-2013 School Year

DCPS is seeking a food service contractor for the 2012-2013 school year to provide high-quality meals while reducing costs. Learn More »

02/17/2012 Fire at Anacostia High School

This afternoon, the roof at Anacostia High School caught on fire. Students were immediately evacuated and all students are safe. Learn More »

02/07/2012 DC Public Schools Launches Teacher Application Process for 2012-2013 School Year

DCPS is assembling the smartest, most innovative and best paid teacher force in America, and applicants from across the country can now begin competing for spots in this highly selective teacher pool. Learn More »

02/06/2012 DCPS Announces Gifted and Talented Programs at Two Middle Schools in the 2012-2013 School Year

Beginning in the fall, Kelly Miller Middle School and Hardy Middle School will pilot a gifted-and-talented school-wide enrichment program. This new program is the first of its kind at any DC Public School. Learn More »

02/01/2012 McKinley Technology High School Students to Participate in Today’s Digital Learning Day National Town Hall Meeting

Sixteen students from McKinley Technology High School will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julian Genachowski for the first-ever Digital Learning Day National Town Hall Meeting that will be broadcast live over the Internet today from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn More »

01/30/2012 DCPS Preschool, Pre-K, Out-of-Boundary Lottery Opens Today

Today, DCPS launched its annual Preschool, Pre-K, Out-of-Boundary Lottery Application, giving DC families the opportunity to apply to preschool and pre-K programs in DCPS, as well as to schools that are different than the one they’ve been assigned for grades K-12. Learn More »

01/24/2012 Coolidge SHS Football Team Wins GPA Challenge

Redskins Safety Oshiomogho ‘OJ’ Atogwe and the NFL will present Coolidge SHS with a check for $10,000 for achieving the highest grade-point average among participating DC-area football programs. Learn More »

01/18/2012 DCPS Hosts Second IMPACT Educator Evaluation Summit

The day-long conference included a thorough overview and discussion of key outcomes and lessons learned from the innovative IMPACT evaluation system implemented by DCPS two years ago. Learn More »

01/10/2012 Chancellor Henderson Unveils New School Scorecards

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson unveiled new scorecards for all DCPS schools that will give the public unprecedented access to school information and data, such as academic performance and progress, safety, and community satisfaction. Learn More »

12/22/2011 One Year Following Devastating Fire, Takoma Education Campus Re-opens to Students

In addition to several upgrades, the building includes new and enhanced features such as a science lab; art room; two computer labs; a new library; two new performance areas; gym bathrooms with showers; a parents center; autism breakout center; dance studio; new nurse's suite; and a greenhouse. Learn More »

12/07/2011 TUDA Report Shows Mixed Results for DCPS Students

A federal report that compares standardized test scores of students from 21 urban districts nationwide showed continued improvements of DCPS fourth- and eight-grade students in math and fourth-grade students in reading since 2007. Learn More »

11/15/2011 Mayor Gray, Chancellor Henderson announce hiring of new Athletic Director at District of Columbia Public Schools

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson has named Stephanie Evans, a former college basketball coach with a background in psychology and human services, as Athletic Director of DC Public Schools. Learn More »

11/14/2011 DCPS Students to Showcase Knowledge of Geography on Tuesday in Seventh-Annual GeoPlunge Tournament

This year, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 from 32 DC elementary and middle schools, as well as home-schooled students, will compete in teams of three for the GeoPlunge Cup along with many other trophies and awards. Learn More »

11/09/2011 FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Make Broadband Internet Access More Affordable for Low-Income Households

Today at Langley Education Campus, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a partnership among private Internet providers that will make broadband Internet access more affordable for low-income District households with students in District of Columbia Public Schools. Learn More »

11/08/2011 Mayor Gray, Chancellor Henderson Celebrate Opening of New Early Stages Center in Ward 7

Today, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) opened a new Early Stages Center located in Northeast DC that will provide greater access to thousands of families in Wards 7 and 8 seeking to evaluate and identify young children in need of special education services, announced Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Learn More »

10/24/2011 Survey: DCPS Stakeholder Sentiment Improving in Several Categories

The results of a district-wide survey of more than 24,000 DC Public Schools stakeholders show improvements over 2008 in teacher satisfaction and the quality of instruction, with respondents also expressing positive views on school safety, classroom conditions, access to technology, and support services.  Learn More »

09/22/2011 Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett to Visit Dunbar SHS

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will join two other prominent African Americans with personal connections to Dunbar Senior High School for a talk about their lives, legacy and ties to the Dunbar community. Learn More »

09/19/2011 Redskins’ Rocky McIntosh to Join A Standing Ovation Tonight

Washington Redskins player Rocky McIntosh has added his name to the roster of celebrities who will honor more than 660 of the best teachers in District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor at tonight’s A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers. Learn More »

09/07/2011 DCPS launches season of celebration for DC teachers

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the names of 33 educators who have received 2011 teaching and leadership awards, which come with $10,000 or $5,000 prizes, in recognition of their work on behalf of DCPS students. Learn More »

08/30/2011 School Without Walls in Ward 2 to Reopen Aug. 31

School Without Walls High School in Ward 2 will reopen tomorrow, Aug. 31, 2011. All School Without Walls staff members and students are expected to report on-time Wednesday. Learn More »

08/29/2011 UPDATE: All DC Public Schools to Open Aug. 30

The Oyster Building of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Ward 3 remains without electricity and DCPS has identified an alternative school site for Tuesday, Aug. 30 in case power is not restored to those schools this evening. Learn More »

08/29/2011 Most DC Public Schools to Open On-Time Today

Malcolm X Elementary in Ward 8 has been added to the list of 14 DC Public Schools that will be closed today, as utility crews work to restore electricity and make necessary repairs to buildings that lost power during Hurricane Irene. Learn More »

08/28/2011 Updated - Most DC Public Schools to Open On-Time Aug. 29

Thirteen DC Public Schools will be closed Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, as utility crews work to restore electricity and make necessary repairs to buildings that lost power during Hurricane Irene. Learn More »

08/28/2011 Most DC Public Schools to Open On-Time Aug. 29

DCPS has identified 14 schools that do not have electricity at this time, and is working with PEPCO officials to restore power to those buildings. DCPS hopes to clear all schools today for the safe return of teachers and students on Monday. Learn More »

08/26/2011 DC Public Schools Prepares for Hurricane Irene

DCPS is working to prepare our buildings and school community this weekend for Hurricane Irene, which is expected to bring high winds and a large amount of rainfall to the District. Learn More »

08/25/2011 UPDATE: School Without Walls to Relocate to Eastern High School Monday

School Without Walls in Ward 2 will remain closed on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, and will relocate Monday to Eastern High School as crews work to make repairs to School Without Walls’ chimney and Bell Tower, said District of Columbia Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Learn More »

08/24/2011 UPDATE: Most DC Public Schools to Open On-Time Aug. 24

MacFarland Middle School, Roosevelt High School and School Without Walls High School will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, due to damages sustained in Tuesday’s earthquake. Learn More »

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