Proposed Closure of Washington Metropolitan HS

Last week, DCPS announced a proposal to closure Washington Metropolitan High School at the end of the current school year. To hear more about the proposed closure and share feedback, DCPS is hosting two special community meetings next week, both are 6:00 – 7:30 PM:

  • Monday, December 9th at Washington Metropolitan HS (300 Bryant St. NW), 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 12th at Martha’s Table (2375 Elvans Rd. SE), 6 – 7:30 PM

DCPS will continue to engage Washington Metropolitan staff, families, and community and aiming to make a final decision by mid-January 2020. Please see below for the letter, FAQ resource, and flyer in both English and Spanish for the upcoming community meetings. To request childcare or interpretation for either of these meetings, please email us at

Bancroft Elementary School & Briya Public Charter School Partnership Update

For this upcoming School Year 2019-2020, Briya PCS (currently co-located with Bancroft Elementary School) will re-locate to the Sharpe building to provide additional space for the growing Bancroft Elementary School program.  The materials located here include additional context and information on this transition.  DCPS representatives will join the upcoming Parent Coffee at Bancroft Elementary School (1755 Newton St NW) from 8:45-10AM on March 28th to discuss this update.

If you have any questions, please contact the DCPS Strategic School Planning Team at

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.

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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Ketcham ES Child Development Center

Child Development Center

A child development center for babies and infants ages 0-3 will open at Ketcham Elementary School next school year starting in August 2018. The center will be operated by a community partner and childcare vouchers will be accepted.

How can I learn more?
Parents and families are welcome to come to a community meet at Ketcham ES on Thursday, March 15 starting at 5pm in the school’s library.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

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What opportunities will there be to provide input?
We will have information soon for parents and community members to join a panel that will help us select the partner who will run the 0-3 center.

How can I stay updated and who can I contact if I have questions?
You can e-mail dcps.earlychildhood@dc.govFind it at Ketcham (Flyer)