Bard DC Location Announcement

The new Bard DC location for SY19-20 is Davis ES in Ward 7. View the Mayor’s press release on the location here and the DCPS community letter below. All current Bard DC MSDC lottery applicants will be notified of this change this week.

  • To request an individual Bard admissions session for your school, contact Amanda Washington:
  • To request the Bard DC Team to present at your community meeting, contact Brian Massey:
  • For any general questions about Bard DC and how to apply, contact them via email at or (202) 898-4664.

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Bard DC January Open Houses!

Apply now to Bard DC via the MSDC lottery and attend an Open House for an overview on Bard, short writing assessment, and in-person interview. Sign up for an Open House here and check out the January dates below. Spanish flyer below as well. The MSDC lottery deadline for high school is Friday, February 1, 2019. Contact the Bard DC Team if you have any questions at or (202) 898 – 4664.

Bard DC website:

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Community Engagement Process

January Community Meeting
On January 24th, DCPS will host a citywide meeting for all parents, staff, community members, and other stakeholders on middle school planning in the Cardozo feeder pattern.  The meeting details are below:

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 6-8PM
  • Location: Cardozo EC (1200 Clifton St NW)

Participants can expect to:

  • Explore current population and enrollment trend data in the Cardozo feeder pattern
  • Discuss the approach to middle school planning in the Cardozo feeder pattern
  • Provide feedback to determine if or when a new standalone middle school is needed in the Cardozo feeder pattern

Interpretation and childcare services will be available.  Please RSVP at and use this flyer to share with your networks.

Additional Upcoming Engagements
Over the next few months, DCPS will host additional opportunities for engagement on middle school planning in the Cardozo Feeder Pattern.

Public Engagements
In March and April, DCPS will also host online engagement to gather wider feedback on the draft proposal, as well as conduct targeted engagement with under-represented parent groups to ensure we engage all stakeholders.

On April 25, 2019, DCPS will host an additional citywide meeting to share an updated proposal on criteria to open a new middle school and short-term programmatic enhancements for Cardozo EC.  This meeting will be at Garrison ES from 6-8PM.

School Only Engagements

In February and March, DCPS will host two meetings specifically for parents and staff at Cardozo EC, Cleveland ES, Garrison ES, Ross ES, Seaton ES, and Thomson ES.  These meetings will review and gather feedback on a draft proposal for criteria for opening a new middle school and short-term programmatic enhancements for Cardozo EC.  The details for these meetings are:

  • February 26, 2019, from 6-8PM at Seaton ES
  • March 6, 2019, from 6-8PM at Cleveland ES

The content of these meetings will be the same and participants can attend either meeting.


Reunión Comunitaria en Enero
DCPS esta organizando una reunión publico para el 24 de enero para todos los padres, personal, miembros de la comunidad y otras partes interesadas sobre la planificación de una escuela intermedia en el sistema de transición de Cardozo. Los detalles para la reunión:

  • Fecha: jueves, 24 de enero de 2019
  • Hora: 6-8PM
  • Ubicación: Escuela Cardozo (1200 Clifton St NW)

Participantes pueden esperar a:

  • Explorar los datos de la población escolar actual y los datos de tendencias de matriculación de estudiantes en el sistema de transición de Cardozo
  • Discutir el enfoque para planificación de una escuela intermedia en el sistema de transición de Cardozo
  • Ofrecer comentarios para determinar si o cuando una escuela intermedia será necesaria en el sistema de transición de Cardozo

Servicios de interpretación y cuidado de niños serán ofrecidos. Por favor inscribirse en y comparte este volante con sus redes.

Compromisos Próximos Adicionales
Durante los próximos meses, DCPS tendrá más oportunidades para participar en discusiones sobre la planificación de los grados intermedios en el sistema de transición de Cardozo.

Compromisos Públicos
En marzo y abril, DCPS también ofrecerá participación en línea para recopilar comentarios más amplios sobre el plan inicial de la propuesta, así como también conducirá participación específica con grupos de padres con poca representación para asegurarnos de involucrar a todos los interesados.

El 25 de abril de 2019, DCPS organizará una reunión pública adicional para compartir una propuesta actualizada sobre los criterios para abrir una nueva escuela intermedia y mejoras programáticas a corto plazo para Cardozo EC. Esta reunión será en la escuela primaria Garrison de 6 a 8 p.m.

Reuniones solo para Escuelas Impactados
En febrero y marzo, DCPS organizará dos reuniones solo para padres y personal de las escuelas Cardozo, Cleveland, Garrison, Ross, Seaton y Thomson. Estas reuniones revisarán y recogerán información sobre una propuesta inicial para la apertura de un nuevo escuela intermedia y mejoramientos a corto plazo para la Escuela Cardozo. Los detalles para la reunión:

  • 26 de febrero de 2019 de las 6-8PM en la Escuela Seaton
  • 6 de marzo de 2019 de las 6-8PM en la Escuela Cleveland

Estas dos reuniones para escuelas impactados serán iguales y participantes pueden ir a cualquiera.

Cardozo Feeder Pattern – Middle School Engagement

Over the next several months, DCPS and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) will host a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Cardozo feeder pattern to discuss middle school planning.

The summary of the engagement process can be reviewed here, along with some key data and information to inform these discussions here.  Meeting details will be posted here in early January, along with meeting materials and notes.

Coolidge High School Outreach

Coolidge High School’s table is all set and ready for EdFest which took place on Sat. Dec. 8

The leadership team and staff at Coolidge High School have been working hard this winter to promote the school relaunch next year when the school moves back into its fully modernized building with three academies: Health Sciences, Mass Media and Early College. Below are a few pictures of what the team has been up to this fall.

If you are interested in learning more about the Early College Academy at Coolidge High School, you are welcome to join community information sessions being held this winter.

To learn about all that Coolidge HS has to offer, please visit their school website.

Below are a few pictures of what students have been working on in the Health Sciences Academy and their Mass Media Program.

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New North MS Principal Selection

The DCPS School Planning team has been working with the Family and Public Engagement and School Leader and Recruitment Teams to engage northern Ward 4 about the ideal school leader for New North MS.

DCPS has gathered feedback from stakeholders on the qualities and experiences to prioritize in the ideal school leader, as well as hopes and dreams for New North MS.
The DCPS school planning team has meet with parents and families at each education campus throughout Fall 2018.

Across all four EC communities, DCPS has learned that parents and families are looking for an experienced leader of middle school students who has prior knowledge about the area and DCPS, including experience building relationships with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

Themes that resonated across all 4 education campuses include that the New North MS Principal should be a person who is:

  • A leader with demonstrated success in building strong relationships amongst students, parents and families across various socioeconomic and language backgrounds.
  • A candidate who has experience as either an AP and/or with middle school aged students.
  • A candidate who has some knowledge and/or experience with DC Public Schools, including DCPS central office.
  • A candidate who has knowledge of or has experience related to the challenges schools in Northern Ward 4 face.
  • A candidate who is to be able to navigate the large DCPS organization and collaborate with superiors at DCPS to advocate for the school’s needs and challenges.

DCPS has convened a community panel of representatives from each New North MS feeder community that will inform the principal selection process. This community panel will conduct panel interviews with 3-5 final candidates for the principal position. The community panel will develop and select the questions they will use in their interviews. After the interviews, the panel provides feedback on the candidates to inform DCPS’ final decision on the principal selection.

On November 8, 2018, New North MS panel members came together to brainstorm questions that they would like to ask candidates.

Pictures are posted below and you can find the presentation from the meeting here

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