Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Summary:

Center City PCS - Capitol Hill is a public charter elementary school serving 249 students in grades PK-8 in Washington, DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The school is part of the Center City PCS district, which is ranked 17 out of 47 districts in DC and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

While Center City PCS - Capitol Hill has a predominantly African American student population (89.56%), its academic performance has consistently ranked in the bottom half of DC elementary schools, with proficiency rates significantly below the district and state averages. For example, in 2022-2023, only 5-15% of students were proficient or better in Mathematics, compared to the district average of 20-31%. The school has also struggled to support specific student subgroups, such as African American and male students. However, the school has performed better for "At Risk" students, ranking 22nd out of 90 DC elementary schools in 2017-2018.

Interestingly, the nearby Watkins Elementary School and Payne Elementary School have significantly outperformed Center City PCS - Capitol Hill on academic measures, with higher proficiency rates in Mathematics and English Language Arts. These nearby schools also have higher overall rankings and star ratings from SchoolDigger, indicating they are more successful in providing a quality education to their students. The school's struggles to support its African American student subgroup suggest that there may be underlying issues related to equity and access to resources that need to be addressed.


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Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 1503 East Capitol Street SE
       Washington, DC  20003


(202) 547-7556

District: Center City PCS

SchoolDigger Rank:
82nd of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $23,434 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.1 Help
Number of students:  249

Racial breakdown:

African American:
89.6%
Two or more races:
6.0%
Hispanic:
4.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.2% Help


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Compare Details Center City PCS - Capitol Hill ranks worse than 64.1% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks last among 6 ranked elementary schools in the Center City PCS School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 30.01. (See more...)
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Compare Details Center City PCS - Capitol Hill ranks worse than 88.4% of middle schools in District Of Columbia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 22.48. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (89.6%), two or more races (6%), Hispanic (4%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill is 13.1, which is the highest among 6 elementary schools in the Center City PCS School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill is $23,434, which is the lowest among 6 elementary schools in the Center City PCS School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Center City PCS - Capitol Hill:

SchoolDigger ranks Center City PCS - Capitol Hill 82nd of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Center City PCS - Capitol Hill in the ranking list.)

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African American students:

SchoolDigger ranks Center City PCS - Capitol Hill 61st of 69 District Of Columbia public middle schools. (See Center City PCS - Capitol Hill in the ranking list.)

Center City PCS:

SchoolDigger ranks Center City PCS 17th of 47 District Of Columbia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 28.64 84th 111 24.3%
2011 47.42 48th 111 56.8%
2012 53.50 46th 112 58.9%
2014 25.10 85th 109 22.0%
2015 17.41 90th 97 7.2%
2018 42.45 63rd 120 47.5%
2019 27.39 89th 122 27.0%
2022 32.38 59th 97 39.2%
2023 30.01 82nd 128 35.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.79 61st 110 44.5%
2019 31.08 82nd 117 29.9%
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Rank History for elementary school At Risk students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.85 22nd 90 75.6%
2019 48.47 42nd 91 53.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.66 61st 113 46.0%
2019 22.38 97th 113 14.2%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.97 46th 100 54.0%
2019 36.60 67th 106 36.8%
2022 41.85 21st 35 40.0%
2023 15.79 59th 60 1.7%
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Data source: test scores: OSSE DC Office of the State Superindendent of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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Rank History for all middle school students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 33.19 39th 56 30.4%
2011 50.40 27th 57 52.6%
2012 58.92 23rd 57 59.6%
2014 52.35 30th 57 47.4%
2015 26.99 37th 49 24.5%
2018 27.30 55th 72 23.6%
2019 35.13 48th 75 36.0%
2023 22.48 61st 69 11.6%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.39 40th 53 24.5%
2019 38.58 33rd 52 36.5%
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Rank History for middle school At Risk students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.97 27th 46 41.3%
2019 42.58 28th 50 44.0%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.57 41st 55 25.5%
2019 43.20 32nd 55 41.8%
2022 46.83 14th 27 48.1%
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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.

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

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Enrollment information for Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 2 220 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 222
2010 4 198 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 202
2011 3 205 1 3 2 0 2 0 216
2012 2 216 3 1 0 0 0 0 222
2013 1 226 1 0 1 0 1 0 230
2014 1 235 0 0 0 0 1 0 237
2015 1 235 0 1 0 0 2 0 239
2016 2 237 0 4 0 0 1 0 244
2017 1 231 0 5 0 0 1 0 238
2018 2 232 0 9 1 0 16 0 260
2019 1 228 0 12 0 0 21 0 262
2020 3 222 0 15 0 0 20 0 260
2021 0 225 0 15 1 0 20 0 261
2022 0 213 0 13 0 0 12 0 238
2023 1 223 0 10 0 0 15 0 249

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 Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 222 n/a n/a 48.6
2010 202 57.0 3.5 58.9
2011 216 17.5 12.3 73.6
2012 222 14.0 15.8 63.1
2013 230 16.4 13.9 65.7
2014 237 15.5 15.2 98.7
2015 239 14.0 17.0 98.7
2016 244 15.0 16.2 99.2
2017 238 n/a n/a n/a
2018 260 20.5 12.6 n/a
2019 262 17.0 15.4 n/a
2020 260 21.9 11.8 n/a
2021 261 21.0 12.4 n/a
2022 238 20.0 11.9 n/a
2023 249 19.0 13.1 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 Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 222 n/a n/a 48.6
2010 202 57.0 3.5 58.9
2011 216 17.5 12.3 73.6
2012 222 14.0 15.8 63.1
2013 230 16.4 13.9 65.7
2014 237 15.5 15.2 98.7
2015 239 14.0 17.0 98.7
2016 244 15.0 16.2 99.2
2017 238 n/a n/a n/a
2018 260 20.5 12.6 n/a
2019 262 17.0 15.4 n/a
2020 260 21.9 11.8 n/a
2021 261 21.0 12.4 n/a
2022 238 20.0 11.9 n/a
2023 249 19.0 13.1 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 Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,589 (9.1%) $15,816 (90.9%) $17,404
2020 $1,230 (6.4%) $18,089 (93.6%) $19,320
2021 $1,990 (10.3%) $17,363 (89.7%) $19,353
2022 $4,966 (19.2%) $20,930 (80.8%) $25,895
2023 $3,323 (14.2%) $20,111 (85.8%) $23,434

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Center City PCS - Capitol Hill

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 89th of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 82nd of 128 Elementary schools
 8.9%
Ranks 48th of 75 Middle schoolsRanks 61st of 69 Middle schools
 24.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)195
 14%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)4015.2
 24.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)41.830.6
 11.2%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)23.815
 8.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS)30.917.9
 13.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)33.126.1
 7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)26.99.1
 17.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)34.914.3
 20.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)38.522.7
 15.8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)23.110
 13.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS)30.921.2
 9.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)38.234.7
 3.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)14.33.9
 10.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)26.411.6
 14.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)32.425.4
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)17.97.7
 10.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS)29.920.3
 9.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)35.533.7
 1.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)14.33.7
 10.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)15.117
 1.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)23.320.2
 3.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)10.73.7
 7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS)2326.5
 3.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)36.531.4
 5.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)21.75.3
 16.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)23.214.4
 8.8%
   7th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)26.220
 6.2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)30.410.5
 19.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS)41.627.9
 13.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (District Of Columbia)4439
 5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)9.18
 1.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)29.121.6
 7.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)1711.4
 5.6%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Capitol Hill)27.320
 7.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS)39.639.6
 0%
   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 Students262249
 5%
African American228223
 2.2%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic1210
 16.7%
Pacific Islander00
White11
Two or More Races2115
 28.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 249 students attended Center City PCS - Capitol Hill.

Students at Center City PCS - Capitol Hill are 90% African American, 6% Two or more races, 4% Hispanic.

Center City PCS - Capitol Hill ranks 82nd of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 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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