DME Boundary Changes

Proposed Ward 4 School BoundariesThe DME Advisory Committee proposed numerous changes in the boundaries of Ward 4 schools to relieve current and projected crowding, and to support the expansion of early childhood access to neighborhood schools.  The Washington Post has provided an interactive map of the proposed school zones here.  Maps and data for individual schools may be viewed through the links included below.

The proposed  individual changes for Ward 4 schools are extracted and presented here:
Feeder schools to a new middle school at MacFarland site

Barnard ES.  Barnard's proposed attendance zone absorbs much of the former Rudolph zone at the north and the former Clark zone at the south and southwest. Truesdell aborbs a few blocks on the west. Barnard is currently over capacity, with a low boundary participation rate and a moderate percentage of current students coming from in-boundary

Bruce Monroe ES. The Bruce-Monroe at Park View attendance zone expands north to take in part of the Clark zone and to relieve Barnard; it shrinks southwest and south, losing most of the former Bruce-Monroe zone. Bruce-Monroe at Park View is slightly over-capacity but its participation rate is low which somewhat mitigates concerns of overcrowding. However, an estimated 1216 elementary school students are predicted for the neighborhood cluster between 2014 and 2020 and the site is very constrained.  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

Powell ES.  Powell’s attendance zone extends slightly at the north and absorbs some of the former Clark zone. Raymond absorbs some of the Powell boundary to the south to increase walkability for families. Powell is over capacity but modernization and expansion planned for 2015 will add capacity. Low boundary participation rate should mitigate potential overcrowding.

Raymond ECRaymond converts to an ES.  Raymond’s attendance zone increases slightly north and south to increase walkability and relieve overcrowding at Tubman and Powell. Raymond is over capacity but boundary participation is low and the school is expected to gain capacity with the proposed grade confi guration changes.

Truesdell EC.  Truesdell converst to an ES.  Truesdell’s attendance zone expands to the east to absorb part of the former Rudolph zone and to the south to relieve pressure from Barnard. West absorbs a portion of the boundary to the west. Truesdell is over capacity but its low participation rate mitigates overcrowding and the school is expected to increase capacity due to proposed grade configuration changes.

West EC.  West converts to an ES.  West’s attendance zone expands to the north to relieve over-crowding at Brightwood and to the east to absorb part of the former Clark zone and relieve pressure from Truesdell and Barnard. West is near capacity but is expected to gain capacity with the proposed grade confi guration changes.

Feeder schools to a new middle school in north Ward 4 (site undetermined)  this plan has not been finalized or agreed to by DCPS as of yet.

Brightwood EC.  Brightwood converts to an ES.  Takoma EC absorbs some of Brightwood’s attendance zone to the north. Whittier EC absorbs some of Brightwood’s boundary on the east and West EC absorbs some of the boundary on the south. Brightwood is over capacity with a high number of in-boundary students currently attending and a projected increase in school age population. However, they have a low boundary participation rate.

LaSalle-Backus EC.  LaSalle converts to an ES.  LaSalle-Backus EC consolidates the former Backus Middle School attendance zone within the former LaSalle Elementary school boundary. A small area to the west is added from Barnard to help alleviate overcrowding. Population pressures are mitigated as the boundary participation rate is low and the school will increase capacity with the proposed grade confi guration changes.

Takoma EC.  Takoma converts to an ES.  Takoma’s attendance zone is proposed to expand at the southwest to relieve pressure from Brightwood. Takoma is almost at capacity but the boundary participation is moderate and the school is expected to increase capacity with the proposed grade confi guration change.

Whittier EC.  Whittier converst to an ES. Whittier’s attendance zone expands to the south to absorb part of the former Rudolph zone and to the southwest to relieve pressure from Brightwood. Whittier is under capacity and boundary participation is low.

Continuing feeder schools to Alice Deal MS

Lafayette ES.   Lafayette’s attendance zone expands to the southwest to help relieve pressure at Murch. This is feasible because the number of public school students are predicted to decline in this area and a building modernization and expansion is scheduled for 2015-17.

Shepherd ES.  No changes are proposed. Shepherd has some excess capacity and a low boundary participation rate.