Meridian PCS

Summary:

Meridian PCS is a public charter elementary school serving 627 students in grades PK-8 in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. The school has a diverse student body, with 67.78% African American and 26.16% Hispanic students.

Academically, Meridian PCS struggles compared to the surrounding schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools as a whole. In the 2022-2023 school year, the percentage of students proficient or better in PARCC Math and English Language Arts assessments was significantly lower than the district averages across all grade levels. For example, in 3rd grade Math, Meridian PCS had only 9.8% proficiency compared to the district's 30.64%. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of DC elementary schools over the past several years, with a 2-star rating out of 5 from SchoolDigger. Meridian PCS also struggles to effectively serve its subgroups, ranking particularly low for African American, Hispanic, English Language Learner, Special Education, and Low Socioeconomic Status students.

In contrast, the schools surrounding Meridian PCS, such as Marie Reed Elementary, Seaton Elementary, and Ross Elementary, generally outperform Meridian PCS academically, with higher proficiency rates and better rankings. Additionally, Meridian PCS has a relatively high spending per student at $31,091 in the 2021-2022 school year, but the academic outcomes do not reflect the additional resources.


Detail:

Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 2120 13th Street NW
       Washington, DC  20009


(202) 387-9830

District: Meridian PCS

SchoolDigger Rank:
75th of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $31,091 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  10.7 Help
Number of students:  627

Racial breakdown:

African American:
67.8%
Hispanic:
26.2%
White:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.7% Help


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Compare Details Meridian PCS ranks worse than 58.6% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 32.84. (See more...)
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Compare Details Meridian PCS ranks worse than 50.7% of middle schools in District Of Columbia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.19. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (67.8%), Hispanic (26.2%), White (5.1%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Meridian PCS is 10.7. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Meridian PCS is $31,091.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Meridian PCS:

SchoolDigger ranks Meridian PCS 75th of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Meridian PCS in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Meridian PCS 35th of 69 District Of Columbia public middle schools. (See Meridian PCS in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Meridian PCS 28th of 47 District Of Columbia school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Meridian PCS

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 82.59 22nd 111 80.2%
2011 62.64 32nd 111 71.2%
2012 72.88 28th 112 75.0%
2014 38.02 63rd 109 42.2%
2015 24.98 71st 97 26.8%
2016 31.42 65th 99 34.3%
2017 25.67 77th 108 28.7%
2018 32.68 76th 120 36.7%
2019 29.02 83rd 122 32.0%
2022 24.92 73rd 97 24.7%
2023 32.84 75th 128 41.4%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.00 11th 25 56.0%
2019 22.89 23rd 25 8.0%
2022 49.41 9th 21 57.1%
2023 30.74 16th 19 15.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.05 32nd 35 8.6%
2019 30.89 35th 45 22.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 34.47 41st 53 22.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.44 65th 110 40.9%
2019 32.58 75th 117 35.9%
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Rank History for elementary school At Risk students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.61 51st 90 43.3%
2019 25.18 77th 91 15.4%
2022 45.56 10th 27 63.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.25 86th 113 23.9%
2019 26.48 85th 113 24.8%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.40 73rd 100 27.0%
2019 29.02 81st 106 23.6%
2022 33.10 24th 35 31.4%
2023 30.62 43rd 60 28.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.54 20th 29 31.0%
2019 30.33 24th 30 20.0%
2023 30.55 13th 22 40.9%
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Data source: test scores: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Meridian PCS

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Rank History for all middle school students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 81.39 13th 56 76.8%
2011 75.45 17th 57 70.2%
2012 75.56 15th 57 73.7%
2014 64.47 19th 57 66.7%
2015 39.82 24th 49 51.0%
2016 30.71 32nd 48 33.3%
2017 39.08 30th 56 46.4%
2018 48.44 35th 72 51.4%
2019 43.07 39th 75 48.0%
2022 30.60 44th 59 25.4%
2023 43.19 35th 69 49.3%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 57.07 3rd 6 50.0%
2023 83.76 1st 7 85.7%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 42.50 25th 44 43.2%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.08 30th 53 43.4%
2019 49.48 29th 52 44.2%
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Rank History for middle school At Risk students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.43 24th 46 47.8%
2019 33.57 35th 50 30.0%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.25 26th 49 46.9%
2019 31.78 37th 53 30.2%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.65 29th 55 47.3%
2019 39.39 37th 55 32.7%
2023 35.15 24th 36 33.3%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Meridian PCS

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.51 10th 14 28.6%
2019 40.48 10th 15 33.3%
2023 51.97 7th 14 50.0%
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Data source: test scores: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education

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Enrollment information for Meridian PCS

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 0 81 0 14 0 n/a n/a 0 95
2002 0 357 0 86 0 n/a n/a 0 443
2003 0 357 0 86 0 n/a n/a 0 443
2004 0 404 0 135 0 n/a n/a 0 539
2005 0 458 0 127 0 n/a n/a 0 585
2006 0 452 0 100 0 n/a n/a 0 552
2007 0 429 3 111 0 n/a n/a 0 543
2008 0 372 0 130 0 n/a n/a 0 502
2009 1 362 1 144 0 n/a n/a 1 509
2010 1 354 2 158 0 n/a n/a 0 515
2011 2 339 2 176 0 0 3 0 522
2012 2 329 6 194 2 0 2 0 535
2013 5 353 7 200 1 0 1 0 567
2014 8 361 5 213 1 0 0 0 588
2015 10 383 8 234 2 1 1 0 639
2016 6 445 13 255 2 1 2 0 724
2017 12 428 15 233 2 0 2 0 692
2018 28 407 6 191 0 0 4 0 636
2019 55 411 6 166 2 0 2 0 642
2020 48 399 9 174 2 0 2 0 634
2021 43 389 7 162 0 0 2 0 603
2022 30 426 6 159 0 0 0 0 621
2023 32 425 5 164 0 1 0 0 627

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Meridian PCS

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 95 n/a 0.0 n/a
2002 443 n/a n/a 99.3
2003 443 n/a n/a 99.3
2004 539 25.0 21.6 n/a
2005 585 27.0 21.7 86
2006 552 25.0 22.1 n/a
2007 543 39.0 13.9 81.8
2008 502 44.0 11.4 87.5
2009 509 29.0 17.6 80.1
2010 515 40.0 12.8 80.4
2011 522 n/a n/a 86
2012 535 52.0 10.2 88.6
2013 567 33.0 17.1 72.7
2014 588 43.0 13.6 99.5
2015 639 48.0 13.3 100
2016 724 48.0 15.0 99.7
2017 692 n/a n/a n/a
2018 636 45.0 14.1 n/a
2019 642 53.0 12.1 n/a
2020 634 62.0 10.2 n/a
2021 603 62.0 9.7 n/a
2022 621 64.0 9.7 n/a
2023 627 58.5 10.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Meridian PCS

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 95 n/a 0.0 n/a
2002 443 n/a n/a 99.3
2003 443 n/a n/a 99.3
2004 539 25.0 21.6 n/a
2005 585 27.0 21.7 86
2006 552 25.0 22.1 n/a
2007 543 39.0 13.9 81.8
2008 502 44.0 11.4 87.5
2009 509 29.0 17.6 80.1
2010 515 40.0 12.8 80.4
2011 522 n/a n/a 86
2012 535 52.0 10.2 88.6
2013 567 33.0 17.1 72.7
2014 588 43.0 13.6 99.5
2015 639 48.0 13.3 100
2016 724 48.0 15.0 99.7
2017 692 n/a n/a n/a
2018 636 45.0 14.1 n/a
2019 642 53.0 12.1 n/a
2020 634 62.0 10.2 n/a
2021 603 62.0 9.7 n/a
2022 621 64.0 9.7 n/a
2023 627 58.5 10.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Meridian PCS

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2020 $3,339 (15.0%) $18,892 (85.0%) $22,231
2021 $3,471 (13.8%) $21,703 (86.2%) $25,173
2022 $5,934 (19.1%) $25,157 (80.9%) $31,091

Data source: District Of Columbia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Meridian PCS

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 83rd of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 75th of 128 Elementary schools
 9.4%
Ranks 39th of 75 Middle schoolsRanks 35th of 69 Middle schools
 1.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)13.19.8
 3.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)13.19.8
 3.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)41.830.6
 11.2%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)8.27.5
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)8.27.5
 0.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)33.126.1
 7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)29.17.2
 21.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)29.17.1
 22%
   4th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)38.529.2
 9.3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)27.310.7
 16.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)27.310.7
 16.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)38.234.7
 3.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)9.77.6
 2.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)9.77.6
 2.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)32.425.4
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)2143.4
 22.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)2143.4
 22.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)35.533.7
 1.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)20.87.4
 13.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)20.87.4
 13.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)23.320.2
 3.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)27.124.1
 3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)27.124.1
 3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)36.531.4
 5.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)20.511
 9.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)20.511
 9.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)26.220
 6.2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)15.435.6
 20.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)15.435.6
 20.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)4439
 5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)22.91.9
 21%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Meridian PCS)22.91.9
 21%
   8th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)1711.4
 5.6%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)22.935.2
 12.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Meridian PCS)22.935.2
 12.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)39.638.7
 0.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students642627
 2.3%
African American411425
 3.4%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian65
 16.7%
Hispanic166164
 1.2%
Pacific Islander01
White5532
 41.8%
Two or More Races20
 100%


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Meridian PCS ranks 75th of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 627 students attended Meridian PCS.

Students at Meridian PCS are 68% African American, 26% Hispanic, 5% White.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education.

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