Oyster-Adams Bilingual School

2801 Calvert Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 671-6130
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 668 students 11 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

79%
47%
71%
44%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
59%
87%
50%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
53%
83%
54%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
51%
76%
45%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
58%
79%
56%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
64%
82%
53%

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • District of Columbia Public Schools average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is a public middle school in Washington. The principal of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is Monica Liang-Aguirre, who can be contacted at monica.liang-aguirre@dc.gov. 668 students go to Oyster-Adams Bilingual School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 23% of the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 668 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is 11:1. St. Augustine School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 75%
Hispanic 60% 13%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 9%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 53%
Limited English proficiency 23% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    We have nothing but rave reviews for OYSTER- ADAMS! We have a 1st and 3rd grader that began in 2014 after our move from a Dallas dual language school. The principal is energetic and focussed on rigor and teacher quality. Teachers work with a sense or urgency. The campus has a unique culture of respect for each student. Students are from all over the world. They appear engaged and happy. Multiple teachers in each classroom make a difference with rigor and differentiation. And the active PTO helps fund additional arts enrichment. We feel lucky to be apart of this thriving K-8th grade campus!

  • (8 months ago)

    Our daughter started in Kindergarten this year and our experience has been pretty positive for the most part. We were excited to have the bilingual option as we've been trying to raise our child in a dual-language home and wanted to reinforce that academically. Many families come into Oyster viewing it as an alternative to private options that teach spanish...it is not. Oyster is very diverse which can be a blessing and a curse for those interested in developing solid spanish-language skills. Many students enter as native speakers while others have no exposure to spanish when they start. This means teachers often have to cater to lower levels for both Spanish and English. While the new administration says they're interested in differentiated instruction the reality is that this is very difficult with large class sizes. Our child's spanish has actually gotten worse since starting here! However Oyster is a wonderful environment with dedicated and passionate teachers and a real community feel to it. She has made many friends and is developing well socially and emotionally but we'll have to supplement the spanish learning in other ways.

  • (1 year ago)

    i think the school is greate i just entered this school and it is the best school ever

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is outstanding for its academics diversity and bilingual immersion program. While all schools have pros and cons I believe that my child is getting a great education academically and socially that is comparable to any other public or private school in the area. We have friends with kids in other area schools both public and private and they all complain about one thing or another. The complaints range from being unhappy with a teacher encounter or a particular policy. However my daughter is thriving academically and she is now bilingual. So the school is a great fit for our family.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are at Oyster elementary this year (Kindergarten) and we have been VERY happy with the school! The teachers are wonderful and my daughter has made huge progress this year. I like that the teachers try to differentiate in the classroom through small groups so they are able to meet the needs of all kids wherever the child is at. I appreciate the use of field trips to make learning a bit more hands on. I have appreciated the school community and the efforts to support families along with children. Overall we are thrilled with the school!

  • (1 year ago)

    The school has no leadership. Teachers are totally unsupported and left on the own battling their own problems with no support from their principal or from the rest of the very incompetent administration. As a result there are a number of growing discipline problems. The school does not have a consistent or effective behavior management system so children do whatever they want. This is particularly true in 5th grade this year. Overall there is a tone of disrespect and disorganization across the building. The school runs thanks to the very competent and dedicated teachers not the administration. By 5th grade many parents take their children out in search of a more structured and organized middle school that handles problems like these more effectively.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have had an awful experience with the Spanish Assistant Principal in the middle school campus who doesn't seem to be capable of managing discipline problems or anything else for that matter. Our child has been suffering from constant bullying from the very beginning of the year and nothing seems to be done by either the administration of the school counselor. We are not impressed by the incompetency of the administration to handle these matters. It is incredibly frustrating for parents and students.

  • (1 year ago)

    We agree with the review below that the environment is that of a big family. To be honest that is not enough for us. It is important that there is a nurturing environment where the kids feel safe but no when the academics are put at risk. We have been very disappointed with the school's policy of "one size fits all" where kids who have the potential do not get challenged once they get to Middle School. We are also shocked by the incompetency of both assistant principals (one of them has been very rude to us) and their uninspiring principal. The ongoing and increasing discipline problems that don't seem to get resolved are also a problem. As one parent points out there are not real consequences for those who do not follow the rules. I agree that most of the teachers are excellent and very committed to the bilingual program but there is not much they can do with so little support from their administration. You can sense their frustrations as soon as you enter the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am well aware that Oyster Adams is not for everyone. It is fairly chaotic zero leveled math except for one pretty low-key eighth grade Algebra 1 class and yes some questionable teachers. But honestly this school is home. The environment is that of a big family. Everyone loves everyone and tries to make them happy and smart and wonderful. It's not a touchy-feely kind of support it's more that you know you're loved when you walk in those doors. OA kids are fiercely loyal unbelievably intelligent unified and more than prepared for the real world. It may not be "challenging" or have a GT program but the unflinching devotion of everybody in these schools is palpable. The middle school is small and by the time the kids graduate they might as well be siblings. It's not that everything is about bonding this bonding just happens and it is beautiful to watch. The kids cry on the last day of school. They high-five on the first. The teachers will do anything if the kid tries hard enough and believe me many of those teachers are unparalleled elsewhere. I cannot give OA enough praise. Try and look past the critics and into the heart of this school and you will be blown away.

  • (1 year ago)

    As the parent below points out Oyster Adams is about uncertainty and miscommunication which is very frustrating for both parents and teachers. Classrooms are under resourced and teachers are overloaded with work (some of them have over 50 students) whilst the funds are directed to pay for 3 not very effective assistant principals. It would make more sense to invest that money in the classrooms to support the teachers instead. Besides this discipline continues to be a problem as there are not real consequences for bad behavior. Bullying is also an issue. Students have a lot of power and they know it. The school is falling apart rapidly.

  • (1 year ago)

    O-A is currently considered the best Spanish instruction in DCPS. It has a more diverse and educated Spanish-speaking population than other public and charter schools. Very international tolerant and welcoming to families of mixed heritages. However it can be frustrating. The teaching model seems to change often because DCPS budget and staff models aren't applicable to O-A being in two locations. Elementary grades are split over a mile apart but DCPS gives one music teacher. Parents pay for a second one. No longer two teachers per classroom. Some teachers work with 50 children. High % of SPED but under-resourced. Middle school is VERY small. Principal is aware of challenges and growing bilingual competition from charters. My children have been happy and the community is generous with money and time. But the school is very dependent on families. More and more are exploring charters. But O-A continues to be the leading bilingual school in the city. If you can handle uncertainty and some miscommunication but enjoy creativity and diversity it can be a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this school!! The Prinicpals teachers the support staff and the parents are so focus on the academic success for the children. Whenever I have any concerns about my child's development. The staff's open door policy and strategies has always help my child make progress and strengthen her confidence. We are a big family that I feel tries very hard to put out the fires that can destroy our children foundation for the future. It's not the building but it's the people inside that shapes the children's future. Bravo Bravo to our Oyster-Adams family!!! Let's keep moving forward for our children's future. Ask not what your child's school can do for you but what you can do for your child's school to make it better.

  • (2 years ago)

    Teacher morale is low and dissatisfaction very high. Teachers feel unsupported and often disrespected. Staff turnover is very high. We need a more supportive and efficient administration for the school to survive.

  • (2 years ago)

    What I love most about Oyster elementary is the social environment. Truly a supportive and diverse community a place to build life skills. I am very happy that my kids are there.

  • (2 years ago)

    Having a bilingual program is great. The trouble is kids need to master & excel in skills beyond languages later in life and Adams does not offer a challenging academic curriculum in the middle school years. I hope they get it right someday. It's just disappointing my kids won't see the benefits...

  • (2 years ago)

    Discipline problems are on the increase in the middle school due to poor leadership. In addition quality of instruction varies from classroom to classroom as there is no real supervision to ensure consistency. My kids have had very good teachers and very bad ones too. Teachers receive very little support and are left on their own to battle the daily problems. Many are very fed up. I agree with some of the comments that parents have posted here. The school really needs new leadership to survive.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great teachers but very poor administration. Both teachers and parents are frustated with the current principal and her team. The school needs new leadership to survive.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers at the school are great and very committed to make the dual program successful. However the administration is weak and uninspiring. The current principal is not acting as a leader and seems to be unable to make any decisions at all. The assistant principals are just as bad. The middle school campus in particular is badly run. Discipline problems are on the increase because there isn't a clear policy for students. Students misbehave because the school allows them to do so. It is a real shame.

  • (3 years ago)

    Grade 7 and 8 are relatively new additions and continuing with the bilingual immersion or choosing a different middle school is a hard choice for some (not all) parents. In the early years this school so inspired my daughter to an incredible love of learning and passion for going to school developed her values and worldly outlook. Immersion schooling was a privilege a huge challenge for leaders to deliver but wonderful. And a special aspect of this school is its true commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Each child is taught to feel special for who they are to develop and value their self-identity and appreciate others. All in all it was an incredible experience for my daughter and I am ever grateful to the dedicated staff and exceptional community. Now it has middle school years that with support can become wonderful too. The principal is Harvard educated and PIONEERED a bilingual school successfully in a more challenging demographic situation prior to this appointment. I trust her background and leadership. It is complex. Parents listen and support or move elsewhere at the middle school stage. Pre-K to grade 6 is really special a privilege for sure.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children will just be starting the Oyster-Adams Middle School I have received mixed reviews regarding the school. I love bilingual education for my children however I will not sacrifice high academic expectations to get it.

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