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About This School

Powell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Washington. The principal of Powell Elementary School is Janeece Docal and can be contacted at janeece.docal@dc.gov. 425 children attend Powell Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 60% of the Powell Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 56% of the 425 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Powell Elementary School is 10:1. Tots Developmental School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 84% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 75%
Multiracial 1% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% 9%
Asian 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 70%
Limited English proficiency 60% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I love that the school is so welcoming. There is an amazing community and they are working hard to improve the test scores. Kids are happy. Teachers seem happy. They have practically done a home visit of about 95% of the students at the school. Great programs. And happy about the appropriation passed to remodel the school.

  • (4 months ago)

    My daughter loves this school we are from Brazil and I choose this one because is a dual language school she is in Kinder she can read and do math pretty good.

  • (8 months ago)

    Powell is a wonderful school. The following is an excerpt from a note is we sent to the principal We are writing to express how much we appreciate the teaching team of Mr. X and Ms. Y. Our son is learning so much from starting to sound out words and speaking Spanish in full sentences to learning to better regulate his emotions and exhibiting increased self confidence. Most importantly he is happy and looks forward to going to school every day. Mr. X is a gem and we tell this to everyone who asks us about our experience at Powell. He has an amazing ability to connect with his students. He talks to them and shows that he cares about what they are doing and how they are feeling. He works creatively with his students to solve conflicts in the classroom and on the playground and we have seen the role playing he directs being put into action. Mr. X also goes above and beyond to communicate any issues or positive feedback related to our son. We even recall receiving a call on a Friday evening long after the call of duty had ended. We feel very lucky that our son was placed in Mr. X's classroom and are happy we made the decision to enroll at Powell.

  • (8 months ago)

    Powell is a great school their bilingual and early childhood education programs are strong. Powell is one of DCPS success stories with great gain in Math this year from 48% last year to 63% Proficient and in Reading from 37% to 45% Proficient. Powell is one of the top 12 DCPS schools showing DC-CAS improvement in 2013. Our enrollment increased exponentially from 219 in 2009 to 407 in 2013. The Embassy of Spain names Powell the second best bilingual school in the US. Principal Docal just won one of the seven 2013 Rubenstein Awards for DC Schools Leadership.

  • (8 months ago)

    Powell is a great place to have a child in early childhood education and parents should see it for themselves. We looked all over DC - DCPS charter and private - and were thrilled with what they are actually doing in our child's class. Your sense of "reputation" or a quick look at "demographics" should not I repeat not keep you from seeing what is going on at Powell. The Tools of the Mind curriculum for small kids is so fun and engaging and based on brain science. I feel jealous of my child! And the upper grades are doing well with very very fast gains in test scores. And the principal is very engaging and pouring her heart into this school and it is working. The parent organization is up and coming but still has improvements to make. All in all a school like this is heartening for those who wonder if DCPS can succeed. Powell certainly can.

  • (12 months ago)

    The love and dedication towards our children here is beyond measure! The staff is dedicated beyond compare and works around the clock to provide the best for our children. I couldn't be more excited about the year to come and the progress that our students will achieve this year!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This reviews are too good to be true. check your self the test scores and also chek if this will be here tomorrow. The real review was in 2010 but after a bad real one they became crazy doing more and taking out all others. Loock yourself if is too good to be true please think about.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 3 year old is just finishing up her first year at Powell and has flourished at Powell! The staff and principal are incredibly responsive talented and dedicated. And the preschool classrooms will be renvoated for use next year! If you are thinking about this school PLEASE take a tour and see it for yourself. Powell currently offers one-hour tours from 8 30 A.M. to 2 30 P.M. every Tuesday. If you can't make it during school hours (which I highly recommend) call (202) 671-6270 to arrange an appointment. Additionally the preschool classrooms are being renovated next year. We couldn't be happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    I've been a parent here at Powell before Ms.Docal is the Principal and I've seen all the positive changes she brought into the school. She guided and anchored this school for the better.She's 100% focus on Academics which I like a lot because my children benefited from it.I'm proud of what my children's accomplished because of the dedication of the teachers staffs and especially the principal in making Powell a better school for them to attend to.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attends preschool at Powell and the program is great. His teacher is very communicative and gives us lots of updates on his progress. She's gone out of her way to bring him out of his shell. The school itself has a great sense of school spirit. There are lots of positive things happening at Powell!

  • (1 year ago)

    Powell Elementary School is a very good school. I recommend the school for your children.

  • (1 year ago)

    My family and I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Powell community. The leadership teachers and staff are always looking out for us and my daughter has made leaps and bounds in her first year. As a four year old she is already sounding out and trying to write entire words and sentences and her Spanish has really improved! So grateful we are already enrolled for next year!

  • (1 year ago)

    My 4 year old is finishing up her first year at Powell Elementary School and we have been very happy with our experience. The teachers and staff are amazing. The principal is incredibly hardworking. My daughter has grown tremendously both academically and personally through her time at Powell and I've been particularly impressed with the accessibility of her classroom teacher (I have her personal phone number her email address her facebook and have even begun following her blog). Principal Docal has been a similarly awesome resource for me this year. All of my questions have been answered quickly and she has worked to include me in as many processes as she could (which I appreciate because I'm *that* kind of mom.) All in all it's just been an awesome year. The building is pretty run down at the moment but after a LOT of lobbying by principal Docal and the parents organization we are finally getting our renovation and expansion underway - the very day that school lets out for the summer!

  • (3 years ago)

    im very happy that my kids attend at powell school because they really work with that kids i just gotta say 1 up and continue with the exelent job the you guys doing

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