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DCPS Enrollment Increases in School Year 2018-2019

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

DCPS Enrollment Increases in School Year 2018-2019

Enrollment grows by 2 percent, driven by a 12 percent increase in the middle grades. DCPS on track to meet enrollment goal of serving 54,000 students by 2022

(Washington, DC) - In School Year 2018-2019, 49,103 students enrolled in DC Public Schools (DCPS), a 2 percent increase from last school year’s reported enrollment, according to preliminary data released today. Most notably, enrollment in the middle grades increased by 12 percent.

“I am proud that more families continue to trust DCPS to provide their children with the opportunities and support they need to thrive,” said Interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander. “I thank all of the talented educators working tirelessly in our schools across the District to ensure that every student we serve feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life.”

DCPS Enrollment Graph

Five schools in particular saw strong growth in enrollment compared to last school year:

  • Hardy Middle School (Ward 2) increased by 15 percent, due in part to students and families in feeder schools taking advantage of the strong programming and social emotional learning;
  • Roosevelt STAY High School (Ward 4) increased by 24 percent, due in part to an aggressive recruitment strategy;
  • Dunbar High School (Ward 5) increased by 8 percent, due in part to the strong programming available for students and families;
  • Noyes Elementary School (Ward 5) increased by 14 percent, due in part to an aggressive recruitment strategy spearheaded by the principal;
  • Jefferson Middle School (Ward 6) increased by 8 percent, due in part to several years of strong and consistent engagement with the feeder school community;
  • Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7) increased by 24 percent, due in part to the surrounding community’s excitement about the community school model;
  • Johnson Middle School (Ward 8) increased by 8 percent, due in part to a strong recruitment strategy that is focused on building relationships with the in-boundary community and feeder schools.

In 2017, DCPS released its strategic plan, A Capital Commitment, which includes a goal of serving 54,000 students by 2022, and DCPS is on track to meet that goal. This school year, DCPS opened Excel Academy, its first all-girls school, and Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Van Ness Elementary School, and MacFarland Middle School added additional grade levels.

The audited enrollment numbers for School Year 2018-2019 are scheduled to be released in early 2019.