Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy- Capitol Hill

709 12th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-3424

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 375 students Unknown students/teacher

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District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2013-2014 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. Currently GreatSchools is displaying results for reading and math only. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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About this school

Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy- Capitol Hill is a charter high school in Washington. The principal of Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy- Capitol Hill is Zenada Mahon, who can be contacted at zenada.mahon@chavezschools.org. 375 students go to Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy- Capitol Hill and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy- Capitol Hill students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 375 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Richard Wright PCS is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 85% %
Hispanic 15% %
Multiracial 1.0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Asian 0.2% %
White, non-Hispanic 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 73%
Limited English proficiency 2% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I teach at the Capitol Hill Campus and this is definitely a school that I would send my own child to for high school. The staff is caring and dedicated to ensuring that every child maximizes his or her potential and achieves success at every level. Chavez not only has a strong academic focus but it also promotes advocacy through the lens of public policy. Our scholars complete Community Action Projects at the end of their freshmen and sophomore years where they focus on a specific public policy issue and come up with solutions to the issue and go out in to the community to raise awareness. If you are looking for a quality learning environment for your child Chavez is the place to send them!

  • (1 year ago)

    Cesar Chavez Public Charter school has been there for me and I believe that if it weren't for them and their effort they put on us to strive I would've never been at the spot I would be right now! I like the way that every staff member and teachers have the time to help each and every one of us accomplish graduating and getting accepted to universities. I feel as though that Cesar Chavez Public Charter schools has everything they need to take every student forward in accomplishing what they want to do in the future later on. Therefore I believe as though the school is a great school for anybody who is looking forward in trying to get what they want!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is inspiring scholars to succeed. In addition to taking their general curriculum scholars prepare for and complete an internship experience enroll in classes on local and global policy and a research and write a senior Thesis paper that is a 20-page solutions-oriented paper on a policy of their choice. I love teaching here - I have incredible coworkers who are incredible teachers to their students - and am continuously inspired to be a better educator by my students fellow teachers and administration. I feel passionate about our mission and continue to see it lived out each and every day.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is a great college prep. School. The teachers are great to work with and make time for the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am impressed with this school. My daughter is new to the school and the country and the Vice Principal Miss Keaton and her staff have made the transition reaaly smooth. She is excelling as the teachers make an extra effort to ensure that she along with other students leave the building each day with new knowledge. Discipline is good and there is obvious care and concern for each student. I just love this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I consider Cesar Chavez one of the best schools in Washington DC. For me what makes the school special is the public policy program that allows students to learn about issues of public concern and come up with solutions to them. This is important for me as student because I feel that it gives me thinking and leadership skills. At the same time we help our community. I think Chavez is a very good school and should make the school admissions stricter in order to have a better environment where all students give their best.

  • (9 years ago)

    great teaching needs more arts options and sports. more parents should get involved. excellent public policy program and internships.

  • (10 years ago)

    Cesar Chavez Public charter High school is one of the best schools I have ever attended. I learn so much from this school. This school is preparing me for my future. Not just college but my everyday life. Chavez teacheers are so wonderful they don't hold any information from you if they fill that you should know something then trust me you will know by the end of the school year. This school is just so wonderful. That was for the parents. For the childern don't think that you will come to Chavez with any type of attitude problems because they will nip it in the bud so fast. But you'll still have fun!

  • (11 years ago)

    I value Cesar Chavez school because it has taught my daughter the importance of getting a good education and it pushes her to do her best. The teachers keep her motivated and challenged. The teachers are so involved in her learning and mastering the necessary skills to succeed I will always be in debt to them. When you have a strong leader it trickles down. This is so evident at Cesar Chavez.

  • (11 years ago)

    Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy is a great school because it prepares young students prepare for college. Cesar Chavez PCHS get's the youth involved with the community which is something important. Everyone should be involved to make the community of Washington DC better in many ways. This what a great school does; prepare students for the future for a better life.

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