Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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Dorothy I. Height Elementary School is a public elementary school in Washington, DC, serving 426 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) district, which is ranked 27th out of 47 districts in DC and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Dorothy I. Height Elementary School has a diverse student population, with a higher percentage of African American (50.23%) and Hispanic (38.73%) students compared to the district and state averages. The school's academic performance, as measured by PARCC test scores, is generally lower than the DCPS and DC state averages across all grade levels and subjects. However, the school performs well in certain student subgroups, ranking highly for African American students (20th out of 60 DC elementary schools in 2022-2023) and English Language Learners (3rd out of 19 DC elementary schools in 2022-2023). The school has a relatively high spending per student, with $28,694 spent per student in the 2021-2022 school year, compared to the district average of $25,751.

When compared to nearby schools, Dorothy I. Height Elementary School generally performs better than Truesdell Elementary School and Tubman Elementary School, but lags behind schools like Bancroft Elementary School and Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View in terms of academic performance and state rankings. The school's ranking has declined over the years, from 32nd out of 122 DC elementary schools in 2018-2019 to 52nd out of 128 in 2022-2023, indicating the need for continued improvement efforts.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 4300 13th St. NW
       Washington, DC  20011


(202) 723-4100

District: District of Columbia Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
52nd of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $34,431 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  9.1 Help
Number of students:  426

Racial breakdown:

African American:
50.2%
Hispanic:
38.7%
White:
5.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Compare Details Dorothy I. Height Elementary School ranks better than 59.4% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks 34th 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 47.06. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (50.2%), Hispanic (38.7%), White (5.9%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School is 9.1, which is the 24th 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 Dorothy I. Height Elementary School is $34,431, which is the 8th highest among 76 elementary schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Dorothy I. Height Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Dorothy I. Height Elementary School 52nd of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Dorothy I. Height Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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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 Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 48.17 46th 108 57.4%
2018 57.47 42nd 120 65.0%
2019 67.07 32nd 122 73.8%
2022 47.25 41st 97 57.7%
2023 47.06 52nd 128 59.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.58 13th 25 48.0%
2019 72.23 4th 25 84.0%
2022 70.23 2nd 21 90.5%
2023 76.58 3rd 19 84.2%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 41.81 23rd 45 48.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 58.31 12th 53 77.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.17 33rd 110 70.0%
2019 72.54 24th 117 79.5%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.54 19th 90 78.9%
2019 75.31 13th 91 85.7%
2022 69.00 6th 27 77.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.62 55th 113 51.3%
2019 55.43 41st 113 63.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 82.02 13th 100 87.0%
2019 85.74 9th 106 91.5%
2023 57.49 20th 60 66.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.13 19th 29 34.5%
2019 56.00 7th 30 76.7%
2022 57.77 4th 18 77.8%
2023 35.30 12th 22 45.5%
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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 Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 1 316 2 170 1 1 1 0 492
2017 11 320 5 181 0 0 1 0 518
2018 9 282 3 182 1 0 2 0 479
2019 20 257 6 196 0 0 1 0 480
2020 29 248 10 188 0 0 1 0 476
2021 35 220 12 169 1 0 0 0 437
2022 25 213 16 167 1 0 2 0 424
2023 25 214 16 165 2 0 4 0 426

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 Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 492 46.0 10.6 100
2017 518 45.5 11.3 n/a
2018 479 44.0 10.8 n/a
2019 480 46.0 10.4 n/a
2020 476 48.0 9.9 n/a
2021 437 46.0 9.5 n/a
2022 424 43.0 9.8 n/a
2023 426 46.5 9.1 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 Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 492 46.0 10.6 100
2017 518 45.5 11.3 n/a
2018 479 44.0 10.8 n/a
2019 480 46.0 10.4 n/a
2020 476 48.0 9.9 n/a
2021 437 46.0 9.5 n/a
2022 424 43.0 9.8 n/a
2023 426 46.5 9.1 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 Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,175 (9.8%) $19,945 (90.2%) $22,120
2020 $2,406 (10.4%) $20,806 (89.6%) $23,212
2021 $3,021 (11.7%) $22,731 (88.3%) $25,751
2022 $4,497 (15.7%) $24,197 (84.3%) $28,694
2023 $3,683 (10.7%) $30,748 (89.3%) $34,431

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 32nd of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 52nd of 128 Elementary schools
 14.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Dorothy I. Height Elementary School)48.126.3
 21.8%
   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 (Dorothy I. Height Elementary School)51.926.3
 25.6%
   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 (Dorothy I. Height Elementary School)46.723.5
 23.2%
   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 (Dorothy I. Height Elementary School)22.725.5
 2.8%
   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 (Dorothy I. Height Elementary School)42.929.7
 13.2%
   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 (Dorothy I. Height Elementary School)46.432.4
 14%
   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 Students480426
 11.3%
African American257214
 16.7%
American Indian02
Asian616
 166.7%
Hispanic196165
 15.8%
Pacific Islander00
White2025
 25%
Two or More Races14
 300%


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Dorothy I. Height Elementary School ranks 52nd of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School are 50% African American, 39% Hispanic, 6% White, 4% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 426 students attended Dorothy I. Height Elementary School.


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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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