December 4, 2023, Washington, DC: The DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) official released their revamped DC School Report Card, a scoring system combining data collected in various categories, including: student achievement and growth, attendance, enrollment, English language proficiency, graduation rates, college and career readiness, early childhood environment, and data related to staff and leadership. For more information about scoring, read here. The scores are meant to foster a system of accountability for public schools and identify schools in need of additional support to meet the needs of students. Additionally, the report card helps caregivers better understand their child’s school and support them in choosing the best option for their student.
DC Bilingual is excited to receive a score of 86.2%, placing our school as one of the highest performing elementary public schools in Washington, DC. In fact, DC Bilingual’s score was nearly 40% higher than average scores for DCPS and public charters in the city. Additionally, two of the top schools are bilingual, reinforcing the notion that bilingual education can result in increased student performance. While this is just one measure of success, this score provides validation of our efforts to ensure students and families receive the best possible education. For the detailed report card for DC Bilingual, read here.
“I am overwhelmed with joy to see DC Bilingual ranked as highly as some of DC’s most prestigious elementary schools! As we celebrate our school’s 20th anniversary, I am reminded of how far we’ve come since our founding in 2004,” said Daniela Anello, Head of School. “As a title 1 school it has always been our dream to provide a high quality and well-rounded educational experience to our students and this achievement is all thanks to the unwavering vision our team has held onto from the very beginning, our committed staff, our hard-working, diligent students always showing up with enthusiasm to learn; and an expansive network of love and support from families, neighbors, and school partners. This doesn’t mean our work is done, rather this motivates us to keep pushing ourselves and dive deep into the data to make improvements. As we say at DC Bilingual, Together We LEAD (Juntos somos lideres)!”
Figure 1: DC Bilingual report card score as compared to averages for all DC public and charter schools in Washington, DC
About DC Bilingual:
Founded in 2004, DC Bilingual provides an innovative dual immersion 50/50 Spanish and English learning program for all students. Through our rigorous academic curriculum, visual and performing arts, culinary and gardening, technology, and athletics programs, and our celebration of diverse cultures, DC Bilingual students learn the skills and values they need to become well-rounded, influential participants in their community.
Currently, DC Bilingual serves 579 students from PK3 to 5th grade from across the District, a majority of which reside in Wards 4 and 5. As ranked by the DC Public Charter School Board, DC Bilingual is a Tier 1, high-performing school. Additionally, our school stands out from other language immersion public charter schools due to our ability to provide resources, learning opportunities, and direct services to members of the surrounding neighborhood by leveraging an extensive network of partners. By 2028, DC Bilingual will grow to serve more than 700 students. With the newly adopted ‘equitable access’ preference, our school is set to expand access to high-quality bilingual education for students who will benefit most.