Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Summary:

Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) is a public elementary school in Washington, DC, serving 374 students in grades 1-5. Located in the Capitol Hill area, the school consistently outperforms the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and DC-wide averages in both Mathematics and English Language Arts proficiency.

Watkins Elementary has maintained a strong statewide ranking, consistently placing in the top 25-30 elementary schools in DC over the past decade. The school has a more balanced racial composition compared to many nearby schools, with 32.09% White, 58.02% African American, and 5.61% Hispanic students. Watkins also has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 12.8, which likely contributes to its academic success. Compared to nearby schools like Maury Elementary and Brent Elementary, Watkins consistently outperforms them in both Mathematics and ELA proficiency across grades 3-5.

The school's consistent academic excellence, diverse student population, and low student-teacher ratio suggest Watkins Elementary has effective teaching practices and a strong curriculum that enable students to excel. While the school's performance for specific student subgroups varies, the increased funding and resources over the years may have contributed to its outstanding outcomes. Watkins' proximity to other high-performing schools in the Capitol Hill Cluster also provides opportunities for collaboration and learning from best practices.


Detail:

Public 1-5

 420 12th St. SE
       Washington, DC  20003


(202) 698-3355

District: District of Columbia Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
29th of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $23,341 Help


Students who attend Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) usually attend:

Middle:    Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Capitol Hill Cluster)
High:    Eastern High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.8 Help
Number of students:  374

Racial breakdown:

African American:
58.0%
White:
32.1%
Hispanic:
5.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  33.5% Help


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Compare Details Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) ranks better than 77.3% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks 23rd among 76 ranked elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 68.39. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (58%), White (32.1%), Hispanic (5.6%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) is 12.8. 68 elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) is $23,341. 73 elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster):

SchoolDigger ranks Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) 29th of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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District of Columbia Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks District of Columbia Public Schools 27th of 47 District Of Columbia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

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Rank History for all students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 80.71 24th 111 78.4%
2011 83.84 20th 111 82.0%
2012 79.54 22nd 112 80.4%
2014 70.07 31st 109 71.6%
2015 68.06 21st 97 78.4%
2016 60.88 29th 99 70.7%
2017 73.98 24th 108 77.8%
2018 78.52 23rd 120 80.8%
2019 70.73 25th 122 79.5%
2022 63.21 24th 97 75.3%
2023 68.39 29th 128 77.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 42.55 20th 45 55.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 42.64 30th 53 43.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 80.33 22nd 110 80.0%
2019 70.20 26th 117 77.8%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.78 42nd 90 53.3%
2019 65.67 22nd 91 75.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.30 25th 113 77.9%
2019 68.79 27th 113 76.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.20 28th 100 72.0%
2019 65.75 32nd 106 69.8%
2022 51.84 15th 35 57.1%
2023 52.91 23rd 60 61.7%
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Rank History for White students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.28 11th 19 42.1%
2019 39.99 16th 21 23.8%
2023 64.28 10th 25 60.0%
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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 Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 61 400 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 467
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 447 447
1990 46 383 3 4 0 n/a n/a 0 436
1991 97 443 3 8 0 n/a n/a 0 551
1992 95 464 4 15 0 n/a n/a 0 578
1993 86 454 4 7 0 n/a n/a 0 551
1994 98 449 3 3 0 n/a n/a 0 553
1995 106 368 6 7 0 n/a n/a 0 487
1996 106 368 6 7 0 n/a n/a 0 487
1997 78 370 6 3 0 n/a n/a 0 457
1998 84 351 4 6 0 n/a n/a 0 445
1999 69 326 5 5 0 n/a n/a 0 405
2000 62 390 8 7 0 n/a n/a 0 467
2001 63 387 11 6 0 n/a n/a 0 467
2002 100 357 6 12 0 n/a n/a 0 475
2003 100 357 6 12 0 n/a n/a 0 475
2004 111 368 9 16 1 n/a n/a 0 505
2005 104 377 8 9 0 n/a n/a 0 498
2006 121 387 9 10 1 n/a n/a 0 528
2007 132 373 5 13 1 n/a n/a 0 524
2008 149 372 7 12 2 n/a n/a 0 542
2009 168 356 9 15 2 n/a n/a 0 550
2010 160 341 18 11 1 n/a n/a 0 531
2011 167 307 9 23 0 0 23 0 529
2012 132 350 8 16 0 0 17 0 523
2013 117 378 5 8 0 0 19 0 527
2014 111 411 1 8 0 2 12 0 545
2015 100 371 1 10 0 1 17 0 500
2016 102 325 1 14 0 1 20 0 463
2017 90 296 2 27 0 1 20 0 436
2018 107 280 2 20 0 0 19 0 428
2019 116 286 5 17 0 0 20 0 444
2020 126 281 5 17 0 0 17 0 446
2021 130 266 8 16 0 0 18 0 438
2022 125 249 8 20 1 0 19 0 422
2023 120 217 3 21 2 0 11 0 374

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 Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 467 33.0 14.1 39
1989 447 29.0 15.4 40.7
1990 436 22.0 19.8 25.7
1991 551 25.0 22.0 21.4
1992 578 27.0 21.4 28.5
1993 551 32.0 17.2 34.5
1994 553 27.0 20.5 35.6
1995 487 24.0 20.3 41.3
1996 487 24.0 20.3 41.3
1997 457 20.0 22.9 33.9
1998 445 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 405 29.0 14.0 n/a
2000 467 29.6 15.8 26.1
2001 467 31.0 15.1 38.8
2002 475 n/a n/a 26.7
2003 475 n/a n/a 26.7
2004 505 31.0 16.3 31.3
2005 498 32.0 15.6 30.7
2006 528 38.0 13.9 27.5
2007 524 30.0 17.5 18.1
2008 542 8.0 67.8 20.7
2009 550 38.5 14.3 26.5
2010 531 38.0 13.9 29
2011 529 34.0 15.5 27
2012 523 34.5 15.1 37.7
2013 527 34.0 15.5 38.5
2014 545 34.5 15.7 99.4
2015 500 32.0 15.6 99.4
2016 463 30.0 15.4 33.5
2017 436 31.0 14.0 n/a
2018 428 25.0 17.1 n/a
2019 444 28.0 15.8 n/a
2020 446 29.0 15.3 n/a
2021 438 27.0 16.2 n/a
2022 422 26.0 16.2 n/a
2023 374 29.0 12.8 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 Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 467 33.0 14.1 39
1989 447 29.0 15.4 40.7
1990 436 22.0 19.8 25.7
1991 551 25.0 22.0 21.4
1992 578 27.0 21.4 28.5
1993 551 32.0 17.2 34.5
1994 553 27.0 20.5 35.6
1995 487 24.0 20.3 41.3
1996 487 24.0 20.3 41.3
1997 457 20.0 22.9 33.9
1998 445 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 405 29.0 14.0 n/a
2000 467 29.6 15.8 26.1
2001 467 31.0 15.1 38.8
2002 475 n/a n/a 26.7
2003 475 n/a n/a 26.7
2004 505 31.0 16.3 31.3
2005 498 32.0 15.6 30.7
2006 528 38.0 13.9 27.5
2007 524 30.0 17.5 18.1
2008 542 8.0 67.8 20.7
2009 550 38.5 14.3 26.5
2010 531 38.0 13.9 29
2011 529 34.0 15.5 27
2012 523 34.5 15.1 37.7
2013 527 34.0 15.5 38.5
2014 545 34.5 15.7 99.4
2015 500 32.0 15.6 99.4
2016 463 30.0 15.4 33.5
2017 436 31.0 14.0 n/a
2018 428 25.0 17.1 n/a
2019 444 28.0 15.8 n/a
2020 446 29.0 15.3 n/a
2021 438 27.0 16.2 n/a
2022 422 26.0 16.2 n/a
2023 374 29.0 12.8 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 Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,773 (11.2%) $14,055 (88.8%) $15,828
2020 $1,762 (11.2%) $13,954 (88.8%) $15,716
2021 $2,524 (14.5%) $14,825 (85.5%) $17,349
2022 $4,766 (24.1%) $15,041 (75.9%) $19,807
2023 $3,391 (14.5%) $19,950 (85.5%) $23,341

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster)

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 25th of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 29th of 128 Elementary schools
 2.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster))54.748.8
 6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (District of Columbia Public Schools)43.237.4
 5.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)41.830.6
 11.2%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster))45.431.7
 13.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (District of Columbia Public Schools)35.832.3
 3.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)33.126.1
 7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster))39.841.3
 1.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (District of Columbia Public Schools)39.734.8
 4.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)38.529.2
 9.3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster))42.646.1
 3.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (District of Columbia Public Schools)41.441.3
 0.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)38.234.7
 3.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster))3831.1
 6.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (District of Columbia Public Schools)33.428.8
 4.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)32.425.4
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster))58.236.1
 22.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (District of Columbia Public Schools)36.438.1
 1.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)35.533.7
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students444374
 15.8%
African American286217
 24.1%
American Indian02
Asian53
 40%
Hispanic1721
 23.5%
Pacific Islander00
White116120
 3.4%
Two or More Races2011
 45%


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Students who attend Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) usually go on to attend:

Middle : Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Capitol Hill Cluster)
High : Eastern High School

Students at Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) are 58% African American, 32% White, 6% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster) ranks 29th of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 374 students attended Watkins Elementary School (Capitol Hill Cluster).


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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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