Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Summary:

Center City PCS - Congress Heights is a public charter elementary school serving 249 students in grades PK-8 in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. 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.

Center City PCS - Congress Heights has consistently ranked in the top half of DC elementary schools, ranking 45th out of 128 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's performance on PARCC assessments is mixed, with some grades outperforming the district average in both math and English language arts, while other grades lag behind. For example, 8th-grade students at the school outperformed the district average in both math (26.31% proficient vs. 11.41%) and English language arts (47.36% proficient vs. 38.71%), but 3rd-grade students underperformed the district average in both subjects. The school has a strong performance among its African American students, ranking 18th out of 106 DC elementary schools in 2018-2019, and its low-socioeconomic status students, ranking 4th out of 53 DC elementary schools in 2022-2023.

Center City PCS - Congress Heights has seen a significant increase in per-student spending, from $17,735 in 2018-2019 to $26,025 in 2021-2022, and maintains a relatively low student-teacher ratio, ranging from 10.4 to 11.8 students per teacher in recent years. This suggests that the school is investing heavily in its educational program, though it remains to be seen whether these resources are translating into improved academic outcomes for all students. Nearby schools like KIPP DC - Pride Academy PCS, KIPP DC - Inspire Academy PCS, and Friendship PCS - Southeast Elementary may provide interesting points of comparison for parents considering educational options in the area.


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Public, Charter PK, KG-8

 220 Highview Place SE
       Washington, DC  20032


(202) 562-7070

District: Center City PCS

SchoolDigger Rank:
45th of 128 District Of Columbia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $24,720 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  11.8 Help
Number of students:  249

Racial breakdown:

African American:
93.2%
Hispanic:
3.2%
Two or more races:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  88.9% Help


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Compare Details Center City PCS - Congress Heights ranks better than 64.8% of elementary schools in District Of Columbia. It also ranks 2nd 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 53.55. (See more...)
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Compare Details Center City PCS - Congress Heights ranks better than 84.1% of middle schools in District Of Columbia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 76.17. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (93.2%), Hispanic (3.2%), two or more races (3.2%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Center City PCS - Congress Heights is 11.8. 4 elementary schools in the Center City PCS School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Center City PCS - Congress Heights is $24,720. 3 elementary schools in the Center City PCS School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Center City PCS - Congress Heights:

SchoolDigger ranks Center City PCS - Congress Heights 45th of 128 District Of Columbia public elementary schools. (See Center City PCS - Congress Heights in the ranking list.)

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Low Socio Economic Status students:

SchoolDigger ranks Center City PCS - Congress Heights 11th of 69 District Of Columbia public middle schools. (See Center City PCS - Congress Heights in the ranking list.)

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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 - Congress Heights

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 8.84 110th 111 0.9%
2011 17.30 100th 111 9.9%
2012 26.23 86th 112 23.2%
2014 51.30 49th 109 55.0%
2015 39.35 49th 97 49.5%
2016 31.47 63rd 99 36.4%
2017 43.13 56th 108 48.1%
2018 49.57 51st 120 57.5%
2019 60.04 41st 122 66.4%
2022 46.03 42nd 97 56.7%
2023 53.55 45th 128 64.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 83.74 4th 53 92.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.34 55th 110 50.0%
2019 55.50 46th 117 60.7%
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Rank History for elementary school At Risk students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.80 28th 90 68.9%
2019 62.29 27th 91 70.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.65 46th 113 59.3%
2019 50.24 50th 113 55.8%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.24 36th 100 64.0%
2019 73.31 18th 106 83.0%
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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 - Congress Heights

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Rank History for all middle school students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 27.57 41st 56 26.8%
2011 27.81 44th 57 22.8%
2012 32.94 42nd 57 26.3%
2014 77.89 11th 57 80.7%
2018 55.04 25th 72 65.3%
2019 67.50 19th 75 74.7%
2022 60.81 13th 59 78.0%
2023 76.17 11th 69 84.1%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 61.13 10th 44 77.3%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.84 28th 53 47.2%
2019 58.25 17th 52 67.3%
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Rank History for middle school At Risk students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.22 14th 46 69.6%
2019 72.08 9th 50 82.0%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools DC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.27 18th 55 67.3%
2019 71.27 11th 55 80.0%
2022 81.49 5th 27 81.5%
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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.

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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 - Congress Heights

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 0 221 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 222
2010 0 184 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 185
2011 0 199 0 0 0 0 0 0 199
2012 0 254 0 0 0 0 0 0 254
2013 0 253 1 0 0 0 0 0 254
2014 0 226 1 0 0 0 0 0 227
2015 0 257 0 0 0 0 0 0 257
2016 0 242 0 1 0 0 0 0 243
2017 6 246 0 0 0 0 1 0 253
2018 2 237 0 2 0 0 15 0 256
2019 2 231 0 9 0 0 8 0 250
2020 2 238 0 4 0 0 8 0 252
2021 1 235 0 2 0 0 10 0 248
2022 0 226 0 6 0 0 8 0 240
2023 0 232 0 8 1 0 8 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 - Congress Heights

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 222 n/a n/a 66.7
2010 185 18.0 10.2 82.7
2011 199 16.0 12.4 91.5
2012 254 15.0 16.9 85
2013 254 17.4 14.5 65.7
2014 227 17.5 12.9 98.7
2015 257 17.0 15.1 100
2016 243 16.0 15.1 88.9
2017 253 25.2 10.0 n/a
2018 256 16.5 15.5 n/a
2019 250 20.0 12.5 n/a
2020 252 24.4 10.2 n/a
2021 248 22.0 11.2 n/a
2022 240 23.0 10.4 n/a
2023 249 21.0 11.8 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 Center City PCS - Congress Heights

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 222 n/a n/a 66.7
2010 185 18.0 10.2 82.7
2011 199 16.0 12.4 91.5
2012 254 15.0 16.9 85
2013 254 17.4 14.5 65.7
2014 227 17.5 12.9 98.7
2015 257 17.0 15.1 100
2016 243 16.0 15.1 88.9
2017 253 25.2 10.0 n/a
2018 256 16.5 15.5 n/a
2019 250 20.0 12.5 n/a
2020 252 24.4 10.2 n/a
2021 248 22.0 11.2 n/a
2022 240 23.0 10.4 n/a
2023 249 21.0 11.8 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 Center City PCS - Congress Heights

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,674 (9.4%) $16,060 (90.6%) $17,735
2020 $1,230 (6.6%) $17,492 (93.4%) $18,723
2021 $1,573 (7.8%) $18,536 (92.2%) $20,108
2022 $5,432 (20.9%) $20,593 (79.1%) $26,025
2023 $3,323 (13.4%) $21,397 (86.6%) $24,720

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Center City PCS - Congress Heights

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 41st of 122 Elementary schoolsRanks 45th of 128 Elementary schools
 1.5%
Ranks 19th of 75 Middle schoolsRanks 11th of 69 Middle schools
 9.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS - Congress Heights)5013.6
 36.4%
   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 - Congress Heights)41.731.8
 9.9%
   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 - Congress Heights)34.629.2
 5.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Center City PCS)34.919.9
 15.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (District Of Columbia)38.529.2
 9.3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Center City PCS - Congress Heights)46.129.2
 16.9%
   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 - Congress Heights)29.228.6
 0.6%
   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 - Congress Heights)5014.3
 35.7%
   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 - Congress Heights)23.532
 8.5%
   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 - Congress Heights)17.636
 18.4%
   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 - Congress Heights)51.925
 26.9%
   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 - Congress Heights)40.741.7
 1%
   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 - Congress Heights)4026.3
 13.7%
   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 - Congress Heights)4047.4
 7.4%
   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 Students250249
 0.4%
African American231232
 0.4%
American Indian01
Asian00
Hispanic98
 11.1%
Pacific Islander00
White20
 100%
Two or More Races88


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In the 2022-23 school year, 249 students attended Center City PCS - Congress Heights.

Center City PCS - Congress Heights ranks 45th of 128 District Of Columbia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Center City PCS - Congress Heights are 93% African American, 3% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.


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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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