Whittier Elementary School

Summary:

Whittier Elementary School is a public elementary school in Washington, DC, serving 380 students in grades PK-5. The school stands out for its strong academic performance, particularly for African American and English Language Learner students, as well as its commitment to serving a diverse, economically disadvantaged population.

Whittier's academic performance, as measured by PARCC test scores, is generally higher than the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and DC-wide averages across both math and English language arts for grades 3-5. In 2022-2023, Whittier's 5th-grade math proficiency rate was 34.14%, compared to 28.78% for DCPS and 25.44% for DC overall. The school also ranks 3rd out of 60 DC elementary schools for African American students and 2nd out of 19 DC elementary schools for English Language Learners, both with 5-star ratings.

While Whittier outperforms the DCPS and DC-wide averages, some nearby charter schools, such as Breakthrough Montessori PCS and Sela PCS, have higher academic performance and rankings. Whittier's high per-student spending of $28,733 in 2021-2022 and low student-teacher ratio of 9.5 in 2022-2023 suggest the school is effectively addressing the needs of its economically disadvantaged population, which could provide valuable insights for other schools serving similar demographics.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 6201 5th St. NW
       Washington, DC  20011


(202) 576-6156

District: District of Columbia Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
36th of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $28,733 Help


Students who attend Whittier Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Ida B. Wells Middle School
High:    Coolidge High School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.5 Help
Number of students:  380

Racial breakdown:

African American:
61.3%
Hispanic:
24.2%
White:
10.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Compare Details Whittier Elementary School ranks better than 71.9% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks 26th 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 59.32. (See more...)
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Compare Details Whittier Elementary School is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 79.94. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (61.3%), Hispanic (24.2%), White (10%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Whittier Elementary School is 9.5, which is the 30th best among 76 elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Whittier Elementary School is $28,733, which is the 21st highest among 76 elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Whittier Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Whittier Elementary School 36th of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Whittier Elementary School 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 Whittier Elementary School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 68.76 29th 111 73.9%
2011 43.98 58th 111 47.7%
2012 42.28 61st 112 45.5%
2014 47.39 53rd 109 51.4%
2015 34.33 56th 97 42.3%
2016 28.93 70th 99 29.3%
2017 49.69 42nd 108 61.1%
2018 48.57 54th 120 55.0%
2019 67.42 30th 122 75.4%
2022 38.09 53rd 97 45.4%
2023 59.32 36th 128 71.9%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 83.65 2nd 19 89.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 87.02 2nd 53 96.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.11 56th 110 49.1%
2019 62.60 38th 117 67.5%
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Rank History for elementary school At Risk students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.41 24th 90 73.3%
2019 93.21 2nd 91 97.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.95 38th 113 66.4%
2019 71.91 23rd 113 79.6%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Whittier Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.38 32nd 100 68.0%
2019 75.70 17th 106 84.0%
2022 57.91 11th 35 68.6%
2023 86.32 3rd 60 95.0%
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Data source: test scores: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Whittier Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 52.90 24th 56 57.1%
2011 36.30 35th 57 38.6%
2012 46.85 30th 57 47.4%
2014 39.04 37th 57 35.1%
2015 28.43 31st 49 36.7%
2018 51.60 28th 72 61.1%
2019 79.94 12th 75 84.0%
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Data source: test scores: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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

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Enrollment information for Whittier Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1 511 4 3 0 n/a n/a 0 519
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 544 544
1990 0 570 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 576
1991 1 535 0 12 0 n/a n/a 0 548
1992 1 543 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 551
1993 1 511 1 6 0 n/a n/a 0 519
1994 1 490 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 497
1995 3 414 2 15 0 n/a n/a 0 434
1996 3 414 2 15 0 n/a n/a 0 434
1997 4 410 0 14 0 n/a n/a 0 428
1998 2 470 1 18 0 n/a n/a 0 491
1999 2 453 1 19 0 n/a n/a 0 475
2000 3 453 2 34 0 n/a n/a 0 492
2001 2 453 2 35 0 n/a n/a 0 492
2002 0 440 1 49 0 n/a n/a 0 490
2003 0 440 1 49 0 n/a n/a 0 490
2004 1 392 1 39 0 n/a n/a 0 433
2005 1 373 1 34 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2006 1 341 1 36 0 n/a n/a 0 379
2007 2 341 0 39 0 n/a n/a 0 382
2008 2 339 0 50 0 n/a n/a 0 391
2009 2 343 3 60 0 n/a n/a 0 408
2010 2 348 1 78 0 n/a n/a 0 429
2011 8 312 5 79 1 0 0 0 405
2012 6 280 3 57 0 0 5 0 351
2013 4 279 3 50 1 0 2 0 339
2014 2 294 3 55 3 1 4 0 362
2015 3 276 2 59 3 0 7 0 350
2016 6 287 1 58 4 0 9 0 365
2017 5 258 1 69 3 0 5 0 341
2018 11 230 1 80 1 0 2 0 325
2019 17 236 3 90 1 0 4 0 351
2020 19 236 5 99 0 0 7 0 366
2021 24 206 6 83 0 0 5 0 324
2022 29 207 7 88 0 0 5 0 336
2023 38 233 8 92 0 0 9 0 380

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 Whittier Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 519 29.0 17.8 27.2
1989 544 36.0 15.1 25.9
1990 576 29.0 19.8 19.6
1991 548 29.0 18.8 18.1
1992 551 28.0 19.6 42.8
1993 519 32.0 16.2 46.2
1994 497 26.0 19.1 56.5
1995 434 19.0 22.8 68.9
1996 434 19.0 22.8 68.9
1997 428 21.0 20.4 46.7
1998 491 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 475 27.0 17.6 n/a
2000 492 32.0 15.4 62.8
2001 492 33.0 14.9 66.7
2002 490 n/a n/a 49.8
2003 490 n/a n/a 49.8
2004 433 32.0 13.5 64.2
2005 409 30.0 13.6 79.5
2006 379 30.0 12.6 64.4
2007 382 36.0 10.6 64.1
2008 391 9.0 43.4 69.6
2009 408 40.8 10.0 84.6
2010 429 39.0 11.0 86.5
2011 405 39.0 10.3 91.6
2012 351 29.5 11.8 53.8
2013 339 25.0 13.5 58.1
2014 362 29.0 12.4 99.2
2015 350 34.0 10.2 100
2016 365 34.0 10.7 100
2017 341 37.0 9.2 n/a
2018 325 33.0 9.8 n/a
2019 351 35.0 10.0 n/a
2020 366 38.0 9.6 n/a
2021 324 37.2 8.7 n/a
2022 336 40.2 8.3 n/a
2023 380 40.0 9.5 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 Whittier Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 519 29.0 17.8 27.2
1989 544 36.0 15.1 25.9
1990 576 29.0 19.8 19.6
1991 548 29.0 18.8 18.1
1992 551 28.0 19.6 42.8
1993 519 32.0 16.2 46.2
1994 497 26.0 19.1 56.5
1995 434 19.0 22.8 68.9
1996 434 19.0 22.8 68.9
1997 428 21.0 20.4 46.7
1998 491 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 475 27.0 17.6 n/a
2000 492 32.0 15.4 62.8
2001 492 33.0 14.9 66.7
2002 490 n/a n/a 49.8
2003 490 n/a n/a 49.8
2004 433 32.0 13.5 64.2
2005 409 30.0 13.6 79.5
2006 379 30.0 12.6 64.4
2007 382 36.0 10.6 64.1
2008 391 9.0 43.4 69.6
2009 408 40.8 10.0 84.6
2010 429 39.0 11.0 86.5
2011 405 39.0 10.3 91.6
2012 351 29.5 11.8 53.8
2013 339 25.0 13.5 58.1
2014 362 29.0 12.4 99.2
2015 350 34.0 10.2 100
2016 365 34.0 10.7 100
2017 341 37.0 9.2 n/a
2018 325 33.0 9.8 n/a
2019 351 35.0 10.0 n/a
2020 366 38.0 9.6 n/a
2021 324 37.2 8.7 n/a
2022 336 40.2 8.3 n/a
2023 380 40.0 9.5 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 Whittier Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,154 (9.4%) $20,806 (90.6%) $22,960
2020 $2,371 (9.8%) $21,914 (90.2%) $24,285
2021 $2,933 (10.2%) $25,696 (89.8%) $28,630
2022 $4,693 (16.3%) $24,040 (83.7%) $28,733

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Whittier Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 30th of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 36th of 128 Elementary schools
 3.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Whittier Elementary School)66.732.6
 34.2%
   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 (Whittier Elementary School)48.131
 17.2%
   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 (Whittier Elementary School)47.834.1
 13.7%
   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 (Whittier Elementary School)43.531.7
 11.8%
   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 (Whittier Elementary School)26.534.1
 7.6%
   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 (Whittier Elementary School)26.539
 12.5%
   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 Students351380
 8.3%
African American236233
 1.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian38
 166.7%
Hispanic9092
 2.2%
Pacific Islander00
White1738
 123.5%
Two or More Races49
 125%


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Students who attend Whittier Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Ida B. Wells Middle School
High : Coolidge High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 380 students attended Whittier Elementary School.

Students at Whittier Elementary School are 61% African American, 24% Hispanic, 10% White, 2% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Whittier Elementary School ranks 36th of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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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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