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New School Boundaries Adopted by Mayor Gray

August 22, 2014

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.

Next Round of School Meetings Scheduled for Week of June 16th.

June 4, 2014

Knowing that education is among the most important issues facing District families today, I wanted to make sure that people know that DC Public Schools and the Deputy Mayor for Education are hosting the next round of community meetings to present and discuss proposed recommendations to student assignment policies, including school boundary and feeder pattern revisions.

The upcoming community meetings will be held in three locations throughout the city. At each meeting, participants will hear an overview of the proposed citywide policies and then break into one of three groups to discuss how policies would impact specific communities and schools. Each discussion group will focus on one high school and its corresponding proposed elementary and middle schools that feed into it.

See the flier below for more details.

School boundary meetings

More on School Boundaries

May 2, 2014

The current and proposed school boundaries are an issue that is of great interest — not just to parents but also in the upcoming mayoral election. While the Washington Post had a good article on school boundaries at the beginning of April, the New Columbia Heights blog tipped me off to another useful interactive map that readers may find interesting.

The interactive Web site is by Our DC School — made by parents and Code for DC, a local group that uses computer programming for good.

Here’s how it works. Just put in your address and it shows your current and proposed schools, as well as options for school lotteries and “choice sets” where you can pick from a list of schools. The Web site allows you to rate the changes and to provide feedback.

One caveat for those in our area, the site doesn’t accurately portray the combined Bruce Monroe and Park View school boundaries (which is a bit weird). Still, I think it has some very useful data.

Example from the Our DC School Web site:School Boundary map

The Past, Present, and Possible Future School Boundaries for the Park View Community

April 9, 2014

At the end of last week, DCPS released the proposed new school boundaries which have been on many parents minds these days. The Washington Post had an article on this published on the April 5th which is worth a read, but more importantly, they published a good map which shows the proposed changes.  With this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to also post some historic boundary maps (from not that long ago) to help parents in the neighborhood better understand what changes have already occurred.

The Future — Here’s what has been proposed as the new boundaries for Bruce-Monroe @ Park View:Proposed new boundaries 2014(In this map, a small area northeast of Rock Creek Church Road and 5th Street (formerly part of Clark) are added to the school boundary, and everything once part of the Bruce-Monroe School boundary west of Georgia Avenue and south of Gresham will go to neighboring schools)

The Present — The map below shows the current school boundaries that went into effect when Bruce-Monroe and Park View were consolidated in 2008. The boundaries for BMPV are still the current boundaries:Current Bruce-Monroe Park View boundaries

The Past — And here are the school boundaries for Park View Elementary and Bruce-Monroe Elementary prior to the 2008 consolidation. First, Park View:Park View boundaries 2007

Second, Bruce-Monroe:Bruce Monroe boundaries 2007

In comparing the maps, one thing I find interesting is how close the proposed new Bruce-Monroe @ Park View boundary is to the former Park View School boundary, with the lion’s share of the former Bruce-Monroe School area going to either Tubman or Cleveland.


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