Preparatory School of the District of Columbia

209 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 722-5080

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 100 students 9 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

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About this school

Preparatory School of the District of Columbia is a private high school in Washington. The principal of Preparatory School of the District of Columbia is Betty North, who can be contacted at 100 children attend Preparatory School of the District of Columbia and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Preparatory School of the District of Columbia is 9:1. Hospitality Senior High PCS is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 90% %
Hispanic 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is the third child in my family to attend Preparatory School. My sister was one of the first students to attend PSDC. She is a college graduate with a bachelors degree. She attributes her academic success to the academic foundation she received from Preparatory School. Since my child starting attending PSDC three years ago his math skills have dramatically improved. I have also noticed an increased confidence self-respect and pride. Suggesting that this school be closed or is not a good school is reckless. Parents need to participate and get involved not just complain and belittle a great institution.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have read the other reviews an it saddens me that because the school expects both Student and Parent to follow a simple regulation about wearing the proper uniform there is a problem. Well I do see a problem and that problem is that if this simply regulation cannot be followed no wonder there are discipline and disrespect issues displayed by some of the students. REGULATIONS ARE IMPLEMENTED TO TEACH DISCIPLNE AND RESPECT. When parents dismiss any rules set in place then the children feel they do not have to follow ANY rules. Maybe some of the parents should try being the dictator in their homes and not their children's peer and there would not be the disrespect and discipline issues witnessed at all the schools in the DC then the educators can get back to educating our children not parenting some.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has went down hill. There are plenty of free PCS/DCPS schools that are better choices. I would not recommend sending your child here. If you are like me and put in all the work in order to help your child get a scholarship to attend a Private school please do your research. I should have but did not. I recommend standing outside the school around 3 and talking to parents who are waiting for their children to be dismissed for the day. Also I recommend observing the students after dismissal as these are the children your child will be going to school with. On many occasions I observed students cursing being disrespectful the young girls calling each other "female dogs" etc. The students know that their parents would not approve but they feel that they can get away with it at school. The school is extremely worried about whether your child has on the correct uniform shoes tie shirt etc. and you will be charged $5 every time your child is not in full uniform. This school is ran like a dictatorship the Dictator being its' principal. The staff including teachers will quietly voice their concerns regarding the principal if you ask them and promise not to quote them.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is absolutely a joke. This school focus more on the uniform policy than on the academics for these kids. The teacher is clearly not qualify to teach lessons that they are being paid to teach and the children is less engage with their lack of teaching. This school have the nerves to be a private school when in fact this school is worst than most public school in the district. The principal is very aggressive to the younger children and that truly bothers me. If you are looking for a school with high academics level PSDC is not for you. If you are looking for a school base on uniform structures then PSDC is your choice. There priority of a school has not met my expectation and this school needs to come to a closure.

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