2023 OSSE DC School Report Card Results Released

Last week, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released their 2023 DC School Report Cards. 

The DC School Report Card is designed to provide community members and families with high-quality information and school performance data for all public schools in the District of Columbia. Summative school performance scores are calculated using a number of measures and are a way to provide a transparent assessment of school quality across the city. 

When the Report Cards were introduced in 2018, they also included a new STAR Framework rating system for all schools to provide a transparent way of measuring school quality across the city, assigned based on school summative scores calculated using a number of measures. However, OSSE has not assigned STAR ratings since 2019 given the impact of the pandemic on many of the measures used.

 We are thrilled to share three very exciting takeaways from this release:

  1. Our Edgewood Middle Campus, our founding campus, received the highest summative score of ANY middle school in the city.
  2. Our Anacostia Middle Campus, our newest campus, received the highest summative score of ANY school east of the river.
  3. Our Benning Middle Campus is in the top 10% of middle schools in the city.

Paired with our 2023 PARCC results, we continue to see evidence that our focus on strong academic recovery is resulting in substantial gains for our students, and that we are on the trajectory for more sustained growth. We are setting the bar high for ALL of our Preppies, and we are putting in the hard work to help them reach or exceed that bar.

For more on the DC School Report Card, please click here.

Three DC Prep Campuses Honored by EmpowerK12

Three DC Prep campuses – Anacostia Middle Campus, Anacostia Elementary Campus, and Edgewood Middle Campus – were among the schools recently recognized by EmpowerK12 for outsized gains among their at-risk students. Anacostia Middle Campus was named a 2023 EmpowerK12 Bold Performance School, while Anacostia Elementary Campus and Edgewood Middle Campus received Honorable Mentions.

EmpowerK12 is a nonprofit organization whose research highlights bright spots in education at the system, school, and classroom levels. The Bold Performance recognition is awarded to schools serving a large number of at-risk students (those in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or whose families qualify for TANF and SNAP) who have combined Math and ELA proficiency rates that are dramatically higher than schools serving populations with similar demographics. This year, Bold Performance Schools had 2023 PARCC proficiency rates that were an average of 15.1 percentage points higher than other schools with similar demographics, and 11.5 percentage points higher than pre-pandemic averages than other schools with similar demographics.

“The 2023 Bold Performance Schools’ performance in math and reading demonstrate that DC’s priority student groups can reach lofty goals we set for them,” EmpowerK12 said in their 2023 DC Bold Performance Schools report.

DC Prep campuses have been awarded this recognition multiple times in past years. Benning Elementary Campus and Edgewood Middle Campus were both recognized as Bold Performance Schools from 2016 to 2019, while Benning Middle Campus was honored in 2019.

We are honored by this recognition and proud of our students, staff, and DC Prep community! Click here to read the full report.

DC Prep Releases 20th Anniversary Report

In celebration of our 20th year of operation, DC Prep is thrilled to announce the release of its 20th Anniversary Report.

DC Prep’s mission is to bridge the educational divide in Washington, DC by increasing the number of students from underserved communities with the academic preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges. We work hard to honor the faith our students’ families have placed in us to deliver a great education for their Preppies. 

Founded in 2003 as one middle school in Ward 5 with 100 4th and 5th graders, DC Prep has now grown to six campuses across Wards 5, 7, and 8, serving over 2,100 students in PK3-8th grade. Throughout our history, DC Prep has consistently been one of the highest-performing public charter school networks in our nation’s capital, and 100% of our eighth-grade graduates are accepted to college-prep high schools.

“Reaching 20 years is only possible through a strong community,” said Dr. Patrick Clowney, DC Prep parent and Chair of DC Prep’s Board of Directors. “Each of us are stakeholders in the push to provide our children with a life-changing educational experience. The next 20 years rely on us and our ability to remain committed and innovative, even through hardships and challenges.”

DC Prep’s 20-Year Charter Review Approved

In DC Prep’s 20th year of operation, the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) unanimously voted to continue DC Prep’s charter for another five years.

Every DC charter school network or single-site charter school must complete the DC PCSB’s charter review process every five years. After 15 years in operation, each school or network is required to submit a renewal application requesting to renew its charter for another 15-year term.

The charter review includes an assessment of:

  1. Fulfillment of charter goals and academic achievement expectations;
  2. Compliance with the school’s charter and applicable laws; and
  3. Fiscal management and economic viability

At the DC PCSB’s January 23, 2023 board meeting, DC Prep presented highlights from the last five years, including how we have responded to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Several DC Prep alumni and parents testified during the Public Comment portion of the meeting, speaking to their positive and impactful experiences as part of the DC Prep community. DC PCSB Board Chair Lea Crusey remarked, “I think others will agree that the testimonies really suggest that this is a network that wants to persist beyond good.”

Thank you to all of our students, families, and staff for choosing DC Prep!  

For more on the DC PCSB’s renewal process, visit https://dcpcsb.org/charter-reviews-and-renewals

DC Prep Named 2022 Cognia School System of Distinction

DC Prep has been named a 2022 Cognia™ School System of Distinction for excellence in education. 

Cognia Schools and School Systems of Distinction are those that “effectively implement high-quality instruction, show consistent organizational effectiveness, maintain a commitment to continuous improvement, and demonstrate energetic and sustained commitment to learners.” This honor is bestowed on less than 10% of schools and school systems across the world that Cognia, a global nonprofit accrediting organization, reviewed in SY2021-22.

In our most recent Accreditation Engagement Review, DC Prep earned an Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 387 out of a possible 400 points. The five-year average of institutions in Cognia’s accreditation network is 278-283.

Cognia’s rigorous Accreditation Engagement Review process is based on research-based performance standards and includes a third-party review by education experts of evidence, interviews, and classroom observations. The evaluation covers Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity, as well as a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement. 

“DC Prep is to be commended on their recognition as a School System of Distinction,” said Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. “Cognia Accreditation is already a mark of distinction recognized around the world. Being named a School System of Distinction further recognizes the commitment to education quality DC Prep has for its learners.”

Benning Elementary Campus Named 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

On September 16, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced our Benning Elementary Campus (BEC) as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School, recognizing BEC as one of the District of Columbia’s exemplary schools. 

The U.S. Department of Education describes National Blue Ribbon Schools as “models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation.” Each year, the District may nominate up to three (3) public or non-public schools for consideration to the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Nationwide, a maximum of 420 schools are considered each year.

This is the second time DC Prep has been recognized by the National Blue Ribbon School Program; Edgewood Elementary Campus (EEC) received the award in 2013.

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Program, visit their website at https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/

Congratulations to our BEC community for this national recognition!

2022 Accreditation Results

In its most recent accreditation review, DC Prep earned an Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 387 out of a possible 400 points. The five-year average of institutions in Cognia’s accreditation network is 278-283.

All DC public charter schools must undergo the accreditation process every five years to remain eligible for operation in the city. The accreditation process is conducted by an independent third-party accreditation organization to evaluate a school or network’s performance against a number of performance standards evaluating leadership, learning, and resource capacity.

Cognia (formerly AdvancED) conducted DC Prep’s accreditation review this year, during which the accreditation team analyzed submitted written evidence and conducted focus groups to interview network leadership, principals, members of the Board of Directors, and a small number of students, families, and teachers. 

The Index of Education Quality (IEQ) is “a holistic measure of overall performance based on a comprehensive set of standards and review criteria.” 


COVID-19 Updates and Resources

We care deeply about this community– as people, as learners, as dreamers and doers. Schools provide a range of important supports beyond instruction. We are committed to providing those supports–  meals, mental health supports and more– even though we are not able to run the hybrid model as we had planned. We are confident in our team’s ability to provide a high-quality virtual learning offering for all students– Preschool through 8th grade–and look forward to sharing more details soon.

Read about the latest COVID-19 updates:

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Anacostia Middle Campus Opening in Fall 2020

DC Prep, the highest performing network of charter schools in Washington, DC, will open our newest school, Anacostia Middle Campus, in the fall of 2020. Our sixth campus will open with 4th grade, and “grow up” each year through 8th grade. For its first two years, AMC will make a home in the basement of the Birney Elementary building at 2501 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, SE. We are in the process of securing a permanent space for AMC.

We are also thrilled to announce that Ms. Neema Desai will be the principal of both AEC and AMC during SY20-21. Ms. Desai has demonstrated her ability to lead a high-performing school effectively by leading our Anacostia Elementary Campus for the past two years, and has previously served as the Assistant Principal of the Benning Elementary Campus and as a DC Prep middle school teacher.

An AEC Resident Principal, Ms. Katie Kuzma, will train alongside Ms. Desai in SY20-21, in preparation for leading AEC independently in SY21-22, when Ms. Desai will be fully dedicated to AMC. Ms. Kuzma will have a year to learn and grow, ensuring that AEC also has a proven leader to continue the school’s strong trajectory once Ms. Desai becomes the principal of AMC in SY21-22. This plan ensures both campuses have support, high quality leadership and lots of time to prepare for principal transitions.

To view more information on SY20-21 Enrollment for both Anacostia Middle and our other campuses, please click here.

2019 OSSE DC School Report Card Results Released

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has released their 2019 DC School Report Card. Each of DC Prep’s eligible campuses (Edgewood Elementary, Edgewood Middle, Benning Elementary, Benning Middle) have earned 4 out of 5 stars for the 2nd year in a row.

The STAR Framework is DC’s statewide accountability system for all district and charter schools, mandated by the federal government and overseen by OSSE. It measures each school’s performance in Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, School Environment, ELL proficiency, and graduation rates. The STAR framework also measures each school’s success serving students with disabilities, students who are at-risk, English Language Learners, and each racial subgroup. Schools receive a STAR score of 1 – 5, with 5 stars being the best.

Additionally, for charter schools, the Performance Management Framework (PMF), is used by the DC Public Charter School Board to assess individual charter school performance.

The Charter Board’s Performance Management System uses a three-tier rating system (with 1 being the highest) and measures college and workforce preparation, English and Math achievement, year-to-year student academic growth, as well as family satisfaction as measured by re-enrollment rates. The Report also includes a description of each school’s unique mission along with other useful information to help families evaluate every public charter school.

For the 2018-19 school year, all eligible DC Prep campuses received a four-star rating from OSSE and a Tier 1 ranking from the Charter Board. By each measure, DC Prep is continuing to achieve our mission and providing a high-quality education to students in our city.

For more on the DC School Report Card, please click here.
To view the DC Public Charter School Board PMF results, please visit their website.

Three DC Prep Campuses Named 2019 EmpowerK12 Bold Performance Schools

Three DC Prep campuses – Benning Elementary, Benning Middle, and Edgewood Middle — were among the 28 schools recently recognized by EmpowerK12 for outsized gains among their at-risk students.

The Bold Performance award is given to schools serving a large number of at-risk students (those in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or whose families receive TANF) who have combined Math and ELA proficiency rates that are dramatically higher than schools serving a similar population. Benning Elementary and Edgewood Middle have achieved this honor annually since 2016, the inaugural year of the award.

Typically, the more at-risk students a school serves, the lower a school’s median student growth percentile, according to EmpowerK12’s analysis. Student achievement at Bold Performance schools, however, is an average of 10 growth percentile points more than schools serving a similar population, showing that academic success results from strong school leaders, data-driven instruction, and a warm social school environment significant regardless of social or emotional challenges – commonalities among the award winners and all characteristics of DC Prep’s schools.

We are proud of this honor, as well as the continued success of our hardworking students, staff, and DC Prep community.

All DC Prep Campuses Are Tier 1 on 2019 School Quality Reports

Earlier this week, the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) released their 2019 School Quality Reports, which offer a comprehensive overview of public charter schools in the city.

DC Prep is thrilled to share that, once again, all five schools in our network earned Tier 1 rankings, the highest rating for all public charter schools in the city.

“Our Tier 1 ratings reflect the strength of our community– the grit, intelligence and preparation of our students, and the fierce commitment that each of our families, teachers, and staff demonstrate for our students’ success,” said Laura Maestas, DC Prep’s CEO.

The PCSB measures a charter school’s performance on a variety of indicators including test scores, attendance, and re-enrollment rates, among others – and serve as a resource for families. School Quality Reports score each school between 0-100, placing the school in one of three performance tiers. Tier 1 are top-performing schools, Tier 2 are mid-performing, and Tier 3 are low-performing.

To view DC Prep’s official 2019 School Quality Reports, and to see PCSB rankings for other charter schools citywide, please click here.