2010-2011 School Opening Report
The 2010-2011 school year commenced on Aug. 23, 2010, as 123 District of Columbia public schools opened their doors to students.
Work toward a smooth school opening begins nearly a year before each school year begins and involves the commitment, expertise and industry of many people collaborating across city agencies, schools, central office departments and community organizations.
DCPS should be held accountable for a successful and smooth school opening. And since accountability demands transparency, this report offers a real-time view of 2010-2011 school opening by providing the following:
- Description and timeline of the nine-month process that culminates in school opening.
- System-wide data on essential elements of school opening—facilities, staffing, textbooks and supplies, special education, and scheduling.
- School-by-school data on each of these categories.
- Our assessment of how we think we did in opening schools this year.
- Our assessment of areas in which we believe we can do better in 2010-2011.
For purposes of brevity and focus, the report does not fully capture the following efforts newly in place at the start of the 2010-2011 school year:
- Before students returned for their first day, principals and teachers spent a week in orientation, and new principals and teachers participated in an additional three days of professional development.
- The selection of two new vendors to provide healthier, locally sourced lunch choices at 14 schools to increase food quality.
- Unprecedented amounts of information delivered to parents prior to the first day of school in the mail, via email, in-person (via our canvassing efforts) and on video.
- The addition of three new health suites in Anacostia, Ballou and Coolidge high schools.
- Nine modernized buildings.
- Two totally new buildings completed.
- Two totally new buildings begun.
Download the complete 2010-2011 School Readiness Report.
Download the 2010-2011 School-by-School readiness statistics.