School Details

Paul PCS

5800 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 291-7499

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-9 700 students 10 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Paul PCS is a charter middle school in Washington. The principal of Paul PCS is Jami D.H. Dunham and can be contacted at 700 students go to Paul PCS and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 4% of the Paul PCS students have "limited English proficiency." 72% of the 700 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Paul PCS is 10:1. Center City PCS - Brightwood is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 93% %
Hispanic 7% %
Multiracial 0.2% %
Asian 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 67%
Limited English proficiency 4% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I registered my son for Paul PCS I was very surprised at the variety of extracurricular activities from chess club to swim team to volleyball and Paul encourages each student to joint an extracurricular activity. The teachers go out of there way to make sure you as the parent no not just when your child misbehaves but also when your child is doing well.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has attended Paul PCS Middle School since the 6th grade and he enjoys going to school everyday the teachers are great. He will graduate this year from 8th grade and I am very pleased with the hard work and dedication from the teachers and staff. I highly recommend this school to parents that are looking for a middle school for their child.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is phenomenal!! My son has been in the middle school since the 7th grade and has truly flourished. The teachers are great and put in so much effort to ensure that the scholars progress educationally socially and mentally.

  • (1 year ago)

    Paul Public Public Charter/ International is one one the greatest shcools in DC. I am a proud parent and would like to show my support for PPCS.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a great school for students to learn. It is a wonderful place for our children to enjoy discovering who they are.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am really appreciating the positive programs that Paul is implementing for the highschool male students. Promoting positive programs and role models for male students is a step in the right direction which can also lead to higher test scores from the male population.

  • (1 year ago)

    Paul is an ok school. I find them to have the resources it takes to teach kids however they do NOT push the kids hard enough. My son comes home with every bit of 5 MINUTES worth of homework. I have to get books for him to read on my own and give him extra work at home to challenge him because Paul does not do that. If they did they would be a pretty good school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have to be honest and report that the high school is simply NOT READY!! I can see it with my own eyes and my child tells me certain things that he notices as well. I also noticed they can't seem to keep a a staff. There is a lot of turnovers. The Chemistry teacher quit the first week of school and they just hired a new teacher starting the 2nd advisory which means my child has lost out on learning for the 1st quarter. The space is very tight for the 10th grades. I am truly not pleased and is very disappointed.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a Tier 1 School with excellent academic classes as well as excellent arts and athletics classes and programs. Paul was a traditional DC public middle school until 2000 when its then principal Cecile Middleton converted the school to a charter school. Paul continues to serve primarily students who live nearby. Five years ago Paul PCS added a ninth grade academy so that graduates from 8th grade who were not ready for a large high school environment could stay another year. Last year the DC Public Charter School Board approved the expansion of Paul PCS to include a full high school. In August of this year Paul welcomed 10th graders who will be the first graduating class in 2016. Paul's high school offers an international studies program designed to teach students the skills they will need not only to go to college but also to be responsible global citizens. Each high school student will be expected to have an international study experience before graduation. Paul offers a warm nurturing environment as well as rigorous academic classes.

  • (1 year ago)

    Paul PCS is an awesome school with a great environment for both the students and the staff. As we continue to see the decline in graduation rates for our students across the nation we understand the need to keep our Paul scholars here for middle and high school and that is why we're expanding from 6-9 to 6-12th graduating our first class in 2016. We're excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our Paul M.E.R.I.T. Scholars. With an intensive academic curriculum students have the opportunity to shine in arts and athletics as well. Paul's staff is extremely family oriented which really helps with your day to day at the school! GO PIRATES!

  • (1 year ago)

    Paul Public Charter school. I have three children that attend paul 6 7 and 8. When my now 8th grader was in 6th grade paul was a decent school but over the years it has declined. It seems that the administration are more concerned with the number of students that they have that they are now excepting and tolerating any kind of misbehavior from children. The head of school can only be seen when it's time to stand up in front of parents for an award ceremony but you can't get in touch with her on a day to day. The some of the teachers are just there for a pay check and it shows no requiring much from the students. I would not recommend Paul and the stage it is at right now. Forgot to mention the secretaries in the main office that act like when you call the office it's a inconvience to them and are very moody. As a parent I am very disappointed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Paul is an excellent school where students are carefully placed into classes based on their needs and strengths. It's principal is caring and passionate about the success of all Paul students. I have worked there for 6 years and am proud to say that above all else the staff care about student success and act accordingly. We had a record number of students this year move on to competitive private high schools and have prepared them for the challenge. There is a wide variety of free extra-curricular activities and programs to support students academically and socially.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending Paul since the 6th grade and has continued to excel each year. The curriculum is excellent and the staff works hard to keep the parent well informed on student status. My daughter will be going to high school next year and I am confident that she has acquired all the necessary skills that will allow her continued success in the future.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff at Paul really care about the children and they go an extra mile to help them receive the best education possible.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a former student (class of '09') and I have to say Paul is on of the best public charter schools in the District. The teachers really do want you to do their best and the principal was great. Although she retired at the end of the SY 08-09 she was one of those principals who you actually get to see in the hallways everyday instead of hiding behind her desk all day and only coming out to speak at only graduations and assemblies like other principals. The school tries to give every student as much opportunities as possible. However it's not perfect. The foreign language program could be much better and alot of the students can be very rude and ignorant but you can make good friends there (i did).

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school I love the curriculum and the way my child is challenged at this school now I know I made the best choice for my child

  • (6 years ago)

    This year is my son's first year attending Paul and I've been impressed with the school. I thought the transition to middle school was going to be difficult for my son but Paul made adapting to the sixth grade as smooth as I would have liked.

  • (7 years ago)

    this is an excellent school. The teachers keep you well informed about your child and the parents are very involved with the school. The staff is wonderful and they truly care about the success of your child.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a student and Paul has made me who I am today and lated me know that I could get far in my life.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a student at Paul. Paul overall is one of the best middle school in DC. You learn so much and receive so many opportunities. Paul prepares you for high school. I applied to many boarding schools for high school and I was accepted into all of them. The teachers at Paul always show support and their musicals are phenomenal. If you have ever experienced our Character Education Supervisor you know from the start your child will become very disciplined here. We have MERIT time in which students can relax read and improve our vocabulary. Paul offers so many extra curricular and elective classes. The foreign language department work intesively to give us the best education as well. I am glad and proud to be a Paul student.

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