Foxhall/MacArthur Community Engagement

The School Planning Team has coordinated with the Foxhall/MacArthur Community Working Group and select schools within the Wilson Feeder patter to discuss potential options for both the Foxhall and MacArthur sites. The purpose of the meetings are to share an informative overview of our current recommendation and to gather feedback prior to the release of a broader community-wide survey. Please find below a list of scheduled meetings and contact your school of choice if you would like to attend a session. We will also have engagement opportunities for DCPS’s Spanish-Speaking families. Information on that session is also linked below.

Community Engagement Dates and Times

Date  Start Time Group 
4/19/2021 6:00 PM Ellington HS 
4/20/2021 5:30 PM Spanish Speaking Families Focus Group 
4/21/2021 6:30 PM Janney ES 
4/21/2021 5:00 PM Hearst ES 
4/22/2021 6:30 PM Hardy MS 
4/26/2021 6:00 PM Deal MS 
4/27/2021 6:00 PM  Mann ES 
4/28/2021 6:00 PM Key ES  
4/29/2021 9:00 AM Student Focus Group 2 (Hardy MS) 
4/29/2021 6:30 PM Bancroft ES 
5/3/2021 6:00 PM Shepherd 
5/4/2021 6:00 PM Wilson  
5/5/2021 6:00 PM Eaton  
5/6/2021 5:00 PM Hyde-Addison   
TBD  Ward 1 Education Alliance 

Spanish Led Engagement Session

Meeting Link: bit.ly/3dozIDr

Foxhall & MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group Meeting — #5 Summary

The Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group convened for its fifth session on Thursday, March 25, 2021. This session opened with a discussion on DCPS goals to preserve access and diversity throughout the decision-making progress. The meeting continued with a review of updated scenarios based on feedback received from the previous session. Finally, the session concluded with a review and discussions of goals and approach to broader April community engagement. Meeting materials are available  —here and our group membership list is here.   

Foxhall & MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group Meeting- #4 Summary

The Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group convened for its fourth session on Thursday, March 18th, 2021. During this session the School Planning team reviewed survey feedback on proposed options discussed at sessions #2 and #3. Additionally, the collective reviewed and discussed updated scenarios and additional recommendation proposed by the group. The meeting concluded with conversations around approaching broader community engagement. Meeting materials are available here  —here and our group membership list is here.   

For questions regarding this Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group, please email our team at DCPS.Planning@k12.dc.gov

Foxhall & MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group–Meeting #2 & #3 Summary

The Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group convened for its second meeting split into two sessions on Tuesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 4th, 2021. In these sessions, the group reviewed the scope of needs within the Wilson Feeder Pattern and in the area surrounding Foxhall and MacArthur sites. A significant portion of both sessions was spent reviewing proposed options and impact analysis for the Foxhall and MacArthur sites. Community Working Group members were also given the opportunity to identify any additional options for analysis and discussion. Materials from the meeting are available–here and our group membership list is here

For questions regarding this Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group, please email our team at DCPS.Planning@k12.dc.gov

Foxhall & MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group First Meeting Summary

The Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group convened for its first meeting on Thursday, February 11th, 2021. In this meeting, the group reviewed the proposed engagement and planning process related to the two new sites, including the data analysis plan that DCPS will use to evaluate options and inform discussions. Materials from the meeting are available here and our group membership list is here.

The Community Working Group will meet next in early March and then periodically throughout the spring. The key deliverable from this process will be a set of recommended options with clearly articulated trade-offs and preferences that the Community Working Group – and the broader community – have engaged in. These recommendations will be shared with DCPS and city leadership to inform decision-making on the program scope for both the Foxhall and MacArthur sites, including grade configurations and feeder patterns. Once these decisions are finalized, DCPS will work with impacted school communities on implementation planning.

For questions regarding this Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group, please email our team at DCPS.Planning@k12.dc.gov.

Community Engagement Process for Foxhall & MacArthur Blvd School Planning

DCPS has identified Capital Improvement Plan funding beginning in FY21 to construct a new facility – “Foxhall” – on the Old Hardy site (1500 Block of Foxhall Rd NW), as well as funding in FY21 to purchase the newly vacant GDS lower school facility – “MacArthur Blvd School” (4530 MacArthur Boulevard NW).  Both facilities are in Ward 3.  The goal of these investments is to help address overcrowding in the Wilson HS feeder pattern. DCPS has not yet determined the program scope for these buildings, including considerations such as boundaries, feeder patterns, and final grade configurations.  These topics will be the focus of the upcoming engagement process.   

Given the scope of this planning, these conversations are relevant to the entire Wilson feeder pattern.  For this reason, DCPS is launching a community engagement process to support planning for the two sites to ensure that all impacted communities are engaged in the planning and decision-making process.  The engagement plan will include a number of ways for stakeholders to provide input, including: 

  • The establishment of a Community Working Group (CWG) of school and parent representatives so that we can hear from every school community on the options and work across schools to identify the impacts and considerations for each option.  This group will begin meeting in early February and will likely meet 1-2 times once per month through the spring.  Each school will identify one staff (the school principal or a designee) and one parent representative to join the CWG.  Representatives from key community groups will also be invited to participate.   
  • Additional touchpoints with principals to provide a space for school leaders to hear directly from their peers and provide input to the School Planning Team.  
  • Opening up public opportunities for people to  submit their input online, and finally, 
  • DCPS may also hold additional school and community meetings in the spring to get more feedback on the ideas that come out of the CWG. 

DCPS expects to hold the first Community Working Group meeting in early February 2021 and will post meeting materials and notes, as well as other relevant updates, to this site after each meeting.   

Final Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group Summary Report

On Friday, February 8, 2019, DCPS transmitted the final Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group Summary Report on behalf of the members of the Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group (CWG).  The CWG was convened by DCPS in response to multiple issues of overcapacity at schools in the Wilson High School feeder pattern. The CWG included parents, school leaders, and community members from the 15 schools that make up the Wilson High School feeder pattern and held its first meeting in May 2017. The purpose of this group was to help DCPS identify potential solutions to address the overcapacity issues in the feeder pattern.  The report summarizes the process, analysis, and discussions held with members of the CWG, as well as the conclusions reached by the group upon completion of this process.

The final report is available here.

Wilson Feeder Pattern CWG: January 2018 Meeting #6 Recap

The Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group (CWG) met January 25th, 2018. In this meeting, representatives from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education shared an update on the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) including goals for the MFP, differences from earlier MFPs, and aiming to share the final version by summer 2018.

Additionally, the group discussed next steps for the CWG, including the review and drafting of the summary document that will be used to capture the group’s feedback and conversations. Notes and our presentation are here.

Wilson Feeder Pattern CWG: November 2017 Meeting #5 Recap

The Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group (CWG) met in November for our fifth meeting.  In this meeting, the Strategic School Planning Team shared additional analysis and gathered feedback on several options raised by the group.  We also shared a draft of the outline for the summary document that will be used to capture the group’s feedback and conversations. You can view the draft summary outline and the full presentation here.

An update from the January 25th meeting will be posted soon!

 

Wilson Feeder Pattern CWG: October 2017 Meeting #4 Recap

The Wilson Feeder Pattern Community Working Group (CWG) recently convened for our fourth meeting. In this meeting, the Strategic School Planning Team provided feedback on several options DCPS is interested in pursuing, including strategies to increase capacity and strengthen program offerings outside of the Wilson Feeder Pattern. We also shared updates from our public survey, key takeaways from an enrollment analysis, and dived deeper in the out-of-boundary (OOB) student profiles for the Wilson feeder pattern. Full details and our presentation are here

The Wilson Feeder Pattern CWG aims to meet once more in 2017 with a proposed outline of the summary document and additional feedback and data on existing options. DCPS will then develop a summary document that reviews the process, priorities, and analysis that this group has completed. This document is meant to reflect the priorities of the group and will be shared with DCPS leadership and DME to help inform planning.

Please contact our team if you have any questions! dcps.planning@dc.gov