New School Boundaries Adopted by Mayor Gray

On August 21st, the Washington Post reported that Mayor Gray adopted the final recommendations on the new school boundaries and that they will go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. It was announced before the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year complying with a law that families should have at least a year’s notice before any boundary changes go into effect.

The Post also reported that “[e]ach D.C. home now will be assigned to one elementary, middle and high school, a departure from the current patchwork system, in which more than a fifth of all public school students have rights to attend multiple schools, a result of school closings and consolidations.”

The easiest way to see what this means for the immediate Park View area is to look at the new boundaries of the Bruce-Monroe at Park View, Raymond, and Harriet Tubman Elementary Schools. It’s also important to know that both Bruce-Monroe @ Park View and Raymond will feed into MacFarland Middle School and Roosevelt High School, whereas Tubman will feed into Columbia Heights Middle School and Cardozo High School.

The following are excerpts from the map created by the Washington Post showing the new boundaries for each of those schools:

1) Bruce-Monroe at Park View (3560 Warder Street, NW)

Park View Elementary boundaries mapThe Bruce-Monroe at Park View attendance zone expands north to take in part of the old Clark zone and to relieve Barnard; it shrinks southwest and south, losing most of the former Bruce-Monroe zone. (Editors note: with the exception of the expanded zone in the north, the boundaries largely conform to the original boundaries of Park View Elementary).

Feeder information: Anyone living in the new attendance zone for Bruce-Monroe ES is zoned for and has a right to attend MacFarland MS and Roosevelt HS. MacFarland MS is slated to re-open no earlier than SY15-16. Until MacFarland MS re-opens, Bruce-Monroe will continue to feed into Columbia Heights Middle School and families will maintain the right to attend the middle school they are currently assigned to. Any student attending Bruce-Monroe out-of-attendance zone has the right to continue in the designated feeder pathway. Feeder pathway changes were made to better align school building capacity with population and with boundary participation rates, and to support racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, where possible.

Program feeder: Bruce-Monroe ES is a dual-language school. Bruce-Monroe’s 5th grade class will have a right to attend the dual-language program at MacFarland MS. MacFarland MS is slated to re-open no earlier than SY15-16.

2) Raymond Elementary School (915 Spring Road, NW)

Raymond Elementary School BoundariesRaymond’s attendance zone expands slightly north and south to increase walkability and relieve overcrowding at Tubman and Powell.

Feeder information: Anyone living in the new attendance zone for Raymond EC is zoned for and has rights to attend MacFarland MS and Roosevelt HS. MacFarland MS is slated to re-open no earlier than SY15-16. Until MacFarland MS re-opens, Raymond will remain an education campus serving middle grades and will continue to feed into Cardozo HS. Families will also maintain their right to attend the middle school they are currently assigned to, until MacFarlans opens. Any student attending Raymond out-of-attendance zone has the right to continue in the designated feeder pathway. Feeder pathway changes were made to better align school building capacity with population and with boundary participation rates, and to support racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, where possible.

3) Tubman Elementary School (3101 13th Street, NW)

Tubman Elementary boundariesRaymond’s attendance zone absorbs a part of the Tubman zone on the north. The Tubman zone expands east to absorb a part of the former Bruce-Monroe zone. It also expands south to absorb part of the former Meyer zone.

Feeder information: Anyone living in the new attendance zone for Tubman ES is zoned for and has a right to attend Columbia Heights MS and Cardozo HS. Any student attending the school out-of-attendance zone has the right to continue in the feeder pathway to Columbia Heights MS. Feeder pathway changes were made to better align school building capacity with population and with boundary participation rates, and to support racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, where possible.

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2 Comments on “New School Boundaries Adopted by Mayor Gray”

  1. Dave Says:

    Perhaps the name of our elementary school can now go back to simply Park View Elementary, as it was originally.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Thanks for the useful summary!


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