2012-2013 School Opening Report 

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Every year, thousands of students enter our buildings on the first day of school with high expectations and an eagerness to learn. The day begins with a sense of optimism in the classroom and ends with a simple question from home, “How did it go?”

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) spends months planning for a successful school opening so the answer to that question will always be, “Great!”

Many factors contribute to a successful school year. But nearly all those factors depend on a successful opening day. The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the year.

When school buildings are properly staffed, cleaned and supplied, educators can focus immediately on instruction. School leaders can begin establishing safe and supportive school cultures focused on academic achievement. And students can get started on the next chapter in their academic lives.

On Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, DCPS welcomed back students to 122 schools for the successful start of the 2012-2013 school year.

DCPS has made great strides over the years in ensuring a seamless school opening and should continue to be held accountable each year so that schools open on time and classrooms are ready to receive our students and teachers.

This annual School Opening Report offers a critical review of 2012-2013 school opening and highlights the following key areas by category type (e.g. facilities) and school:

  • A description and timeline of the nine-month planning process that culminates in the first day of school;
  • System-wide data on essential elements of school opening, such as facilities, staffing, textbooks and supplies, special education and scheduling;
  • School-by-school data in each of these categories;
  • Our assessment of strengths this year; and
  • Areas to improve on in 2013-2014.

Download the complete 2012-2013 School Readiness Report.

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