Key Elementary School

Summary:

Key Elementary School is a highly-regarded public elementary school in Washington, DC, serving 353 students in grades PK-5. The school has consistently ranked among the top elementary schools in the District of Columbia, earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for several consecutive years.

Key Elementary School's academic performance is exceptional, with students consistently outperforming the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and the overall District of Columbia averages in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 80.39% of 3rd-grade students, 80% of 4th-grade students, and 62.5% of 5th-grade students were proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to DCPS averages of 37.37%, 34.78%, and 28.78%, respectively. The school has also consistently ranked among the top elementary schools in the District of Columbia, with a ranking as high as 2 out of 112 schools in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, and a ranking of 4 out of 128 District of Columbia elementary schools in the most recent 2022-2023 school year.

While Key Elementary School's student population is predominantly White (64.31%), it has a more diverse racial makeup compared to some of the nearby schools, such as Janney Elementary School and Mann Elementary School, which have higher percentages of White students. Additionally, Key Elementary School has a relatively low student-teacher ratio of 12.6 students per teacher in the 2022-2023 school year, compared to the nearby schools, which range from 10.8 to 15.8 students per teacher.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 5001 Dana Pl. NW
       Washington, DC  20016


(202) 729-3280

District: District of Columbia Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
4th of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $23,987 Help


Students who attend Key Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Hardy Middle School
High:    Jackson-Reed High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.6 Help
Number of students:  353

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.3%
Hispanic:
11.6%
African American:
11.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  4.1% Help


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Compare Details Key Elementary School ranks better than 96.9% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks 4th 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 98.63. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (64.3%), Hispanic (11.6%), African American (11%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Key Elementary School is 12.6. 62 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 Key Elementary School is $23,987. 67 elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Key Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Key Elementary School 4th of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Key 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 Key Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Key Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 98.31 1st 111 99.1%
2011 98.36 2nd 111 98.2%
2012 98.19 2nd 112 98.2%
2014 95.68 6th 109 94.5%
2015 96.67 7th 97 92.8%
2016 97.29 4th 99 96.0%
2017 96.74 6th 108 94.4%
2018 97.56 6th 120 95.0%
2019 97.67 5th 122 95.9%
2022 98.97 2nd 97 97.9%
2023 98.63 4th 128 96.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Key Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.38 4th 110 96.4%
2019 96.26 7th 117 94.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Key Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.43 8th 113 92.9%
2019 96.34 6th 113 94.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Key Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 90.07 7th 106 93.4%
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Rank History for White students at Key Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.01 10th 19 47.4%
2019 62.63 8th 21 61.9%
2023 76.67 4th 25 84.0%
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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.

Key Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education

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Enrollment information for Key Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 114 14 5 12 0 n/a n/a 0 145
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 155 155
1990 134 18 12 12 0 n/a n/a 0 176
1991 115 23 13 13 0 n/a n/a 0 164
1992 115 22 15 15 0 n/a n/a 0 167
1993 127 24 17 11 0 n/a n/a 0 179
1994 119 29 24 14 0 n/a n/a 0 186
1995 146 27 11 19 0 n/a n/a 0 203
1996 146 27 11 19 0 n/a n/a 0 203
1997 157 24 12 18 0 n/a n/a 0 211
1998 147 25 16 18 0 n/a n/a 0 206
1999 145 29 16 12 0 n/a n/a 0 202
2000 152 21 13 13 0 n/a n/a 0 199
2001 156 18 17 19 0 n/a n/a 0 210
2002 147 32 22 16 0 n/a n/a 0 217
2003 147 32 22 16 0 n/a n/a 0 217
2004 162 33 26 13 0 n/a n/a 0 234
2005 178 29 32 10 0 n/a n/a 0 249
2006 199 33 41 14 2 n/a n/a 0 289
2007 196 26 38 15 1 n/a n/a 0 276
2008 223 33 40 22 1 n/a n/a 0 319
2009 234 25 42 27 0 n/a n/a 0 328
2010 253 29 33 28 0 n/a n/a 0 343
2011 246 25 22 43 0 1 28 0 365
2012 259 38 21 35 0 2 31 0 386
2013 238 38 21 40 0 1 37 0 375
2014 244 36 22 40 0 0 39 0 381
2015 256 46 21 33 1 0 26 0 383
2016 258 46 19 36 1 0 26 0 386
2017 265 45 17 42 2 0 26 0 397
2018 274 37 23 49 3 0 31 0 417
2019 273 36 20 42 1 0 27 0 399
2020 257 37 17 45 1 0 25 0 382
2021 223 40 15 46 0 0 22 0 346
2022 205 31 12 43 0 0 28 0 319
2023 227 39 19 41 0 0 27 0 353

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 Key Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 145 7.0 20.7 3.4
1989 155 10.0 15.5 3.2
1990 176 8.0 22.0 2.8
1991 164 7.0 23.4 3
1992 167 8.0 20.8 1.8
1993 179 9.0 19.9 0.6
1994 186 9.0 20.7 10.8
1995 203 8.0 25.4 12.8
1996 203 8.0 25.4 12.8
1997 211 9.0 23.4 6.2
1998 206 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 202 12.0 16.8 n/a
2000 199 12.5 15.9 10.1
2001 210 13.0 16.2 8.1
2002 217 n/a n/a 2.8
2003 217 n/a n/a 2.8
2004 234 18.0 13.0 5.6
2005 249 15.0 16.6 2.8
2006 289 15.0 19.3 7.3
2007 276 25.0 11.0 5.4
2008 319 58.0 5.5 5.3
2009 328 23.0 14.3 9.5
2010 343 28.0 12.2 6.7
2011 365 26.0 14.0 6
2012 386 27.0 14.2 9.3
2013 375 25.5 14.7 9.3
2014 381 27.5 13.8 99.2
2015 383 28.0 13.6 99.2
2016 386 27.0 14.2 4.1
2017 397 35.0 11.3 n/a
2018 417 28.0 14.8 n/a
2019 399 30.0 13.3 n/a
2020 382 32.0 11.9 n/a
2021 346 31.2 11.0 n/a
2022 319 29.2 10.9 n/a
2023 353 28.0 12.6 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 Key Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 145 7.0 20.7 3.4
1989 155 10.0 15.5 3.2
1990 176 8.0 22.0 2.8
1991 164 7.0 23.4 3
1992 167 8.0 20.8 1.8
1993 179 9.0 19.9 0.6
1994 186 9.0 20.7 10.8
1995 203 8.0 25.4 12.8
1996 203 8.0 25.4 12.8
1997 211 9.0 23.4 6.2
1998 206 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 202 12.0 16.8 n/a
2000 199 12.5 15.9 10.1
2001 210 13.0 16.2 8.1
2002 217 n/a n/a 2.8
2003 217 n/a n/a 2.8
2004 234 18.0 13.0 5.6
2005 249 15.0 16.6 2.8
2006 289 15.0 19.3 7.3
2007 276 25.0 11.0 5.4
2008 319 58.0 5.5 5.3
2009 328 23.0 14.3 9.5
2010 343 28.0 12.2 6.7
2011 365 26.0 14.0 6
2012 386 27.0 14.2 9.3
2013 375 25.5 14.7 9.3
2014 381 27.5 13.8 99.2
2015 383 28.0 13.6 99.2
2016 386 27.0 14.2 4.1
2017 397 35.0 11.3 n/a
2018 417 28.0 14.8 n/a
2019 399 30.0 13.3 n/a
2020 382 32.0 11.9 n/a
2021 346 31.2 11.0 n/a
2022 319 29.2 10.9 n/a
2023 353 28.0 12.6 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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Key Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,770 (10.0%) $15,926 (90.0%) $17,696
2020 $1,835 (10.1%) $16,298 (89.9%) $18,133
2021 $2,582 (13.6%) $16,395 (86.4%) $18,977
2022 $3,799 (17.5%) $17,883 (82.5%) $21,682
2023 $3,204 (13.4%) $20,783 (86.6%) $23,987

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Key Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5th of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 4th of 128 Elementary schools
 1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Key Elementary School)77.880.4
 2.6%
   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 (Key Elementary School)63.572
 8.5%
   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 (Key Elementary School)88.380
 8.3%
   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 (Key Elementary School)84.386
 1.7%
   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 (Key Elementary School)76.162.5
 13.6%
   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 (Key Elementary School)83.382.5
 0.9%
   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 Students399353
 11.5%
African American3639
 8.3%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian2019
 5%
Hispanic4241
 2.4%
Pacific Islander00
White273227
 16.8%
Two or More Races2727


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Frequently Asked Questions about Key Elementary School

Yes! Key Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 4th of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 353 students attended Key Elementary School.

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

Middle : Hardy Middle School
High : Jackson-Reed High School

Students at Key Elementary School are 64% White, 12% Hispanic, 11% African American, 8% Two or more races, 5% Asian.


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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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