District of Columbia Public School

Find District of Columbia District of Columbia public schools, including charter schools, k-12, elementary, middle, and high schools. Public schools provide information on tuition, school rankings, school enrollment, education, curriculum, classes, records, and teacher-student ratios.


Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS 908 Wahler Place Southeast Washington DC 20032 202-441-7000


Advanced Path Academy 1200 First Street Northeast Washington DC 20002 757-208-0900

Aiton Elementary School 533 48th Place Northeast Washington DC 20019 202-671-6060

Amidon-Bowen Elementary School 401 I Street Southwest Washington DC 20024 202-724-4867

Anacostia High School 1601 16th Street Southeast Washington DC 20020 202-698-2155

Appletree Early Learning Center PCS Amidon 2750 14th Street Northwest Washington DC 20009 202-667-9490

Appletree Early Learning Center PCS Columbia Heigh 680 I Street Southwest Washington DC 20024 202-488-3990

Appletree Early Learning Center PCS East Capitol 1900 Capitol Avenue Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-646-0094

Appletree Early Learning Center PCS Lincoln 138 12th Street Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-646-0500

Arts Based Elementary School 5300 Blaine Street Northeast Washington DC 20019 202-398-6811

Ballou STAY High School 3401 4th Street Southeast Washington DC 20032 202-645-3390

Ballou Stay School 3401 4th Street Southeast Washington DC 20032 202-645-3390

Bancroft Elementary School 1755 Newton Street Northwest Washington DC 20010 202-673-7280

Barnard Elementary School 430 Decatur Street Northwest Washington DC 20011 202-576-1100

Basis DC PCS School 1314 Wallach Place Northwest Washington DC 20009 202-422-6164

Beers Elementary School 3600 Alabama Avenue Southeast Washington DC 20020 202-645-3240

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 800 Euclid Street Northwest Washington DC 20001 202-671-6320

Booker T Washington PCS School 1346 Florida Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20009 202-232-6090

Brent Elementary School 301 North Carolina Avenue Southeast Washington DC 20003 202-698-3363

Bridges Public Charter School 1250 Taylor Street Northwest Washington DC 20011 202-545-0515

About District of Columbia Public Schools

District of Columbia Public Schools are tuition-free, publicly funded schools that are legally required to accept and provide an education to all children from Kindergarten age through Grade 12 in District of Columbia, DC. Each of the fifty state constitutions includes a requirement for the provision of a Public School system, and each state, including District of Columbia, also has a compulsory education law that requires school-age children to attend school.

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District of Columbia School District

District of Columbia Public Schools operate within school districts which are separate entities responsible for administering Public Schools. District of Columbia school districts are led by boards or commissions who set policy for the district and appoint a Superintendent of Schools. Board and commission members may be elected by voters within the district, or in some cases may be appointed by the legislative body that serves the District of Columbia district. While the District of Columbia State impose frameworks and some minimum requirements for length of school year, teacher qualifications, curriculum and other elements of public education, the District of Columbia school district has significant latitude within these frameworks and the authority to manage the day-to-day operation of Public Schools.

Types of District of Columbia Public Schools

District of Columbia Public Schools are largely organized into three groups, each serving different grade levels. District of Columbia Elementary Schools typically serve students from Pre-K, Kindergarten or Grade 1 through Grade 5 or Grade 6. While all Public School districts begin Primary School by Grade 1, not all offer Kindergarten or Pre-K grades. District of Columbia Middle Schools cover Grades 6 or 7 through Grade 8. District of Columbia High Schools covers Grades 9 through 12. In small school districts, all grades may be served in one school. The completion of Grade 12 is generally considered to indicate student readiness for post-secondary education.

Specialized Public Schools in District of Columbia

Many Public School districts offer alternatives to traditional Public School structures, including Charter Schools and Magnet Schools. District of Columbia Charter Schools are Public Schools initiated by a parent or community group or organization to serve a special population or to provide special curricula or instructional practices. They are formed by a special charter or agreement with the school district that grants them additional flexibility in how they operate. District of Columbia Magnet Schools are Public Schools that offer a specialized theme or subject emphasis, such as science and technology, international and cultural studies, or the arts.