School Details

Ross Elementary School

1730 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 673-7200
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 154 students 10 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

95%
47%
95%
44%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 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. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. 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

95%
59%
90%
50%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 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. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. 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

Ross Elementary School is a public elementary school in Washington. The principal of Ross Elementary School is Holly Searl, who can be contacted at Holly.Searl@dc.gov. 154 children attend Ross Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 12% of the Ross Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 154 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ross Elementary School is 10:1. Marie Reed Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Asian 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 47% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 75%
Hispanic 13% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 53%
Limited English proficiency 12% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    It's my daughter's second year at Ross and she is growing so much. The environement and staff are excellent. We are truly happy that she is a Ross student and that we are also part of the Ross family.

  • (7 months ago)

    Ross is warm supportive and academically challenging. We could not ask for a better place for our daughter. We feel like we're getting a small private school experience. We also volunteer a lot but so do most other families.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is finishing second grade and she has attended Ross since Pre-K. I have been very happy for the most part and so has she. It is a small and welcoming community. Principal Searl is a strong leader who has pulled off some great feats of scrappy entrepreneurialism. The parental engagement is of off-the-charts and makes a big difference. My primary complaint about Ross is its lack of modern languages. I hope that can be addressed someday. Otherwise my daughter and I consider ourselves lucky to have found Ross.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ross is a high performing warm welcoming school that is giving our child the gift of a great academic experience coupled with strong social and ethical values through both instruction and example. Bravo Ross!

  • (1 year ago)

    I love the diversity at Ross and the fact that classes engage their students in many different ways including technology and the arts (Fillmore)! Teachers are very interactive with parents and provide a very supportive learning environment.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am going on my 5th year as a Ross parent and really love the school and community. It is a very small and friendly community where all the kids know each other despite the grade as do most of the parents. Parents are very involved -- I think you have to be in such a small school as there just aren't the economies of scale you find in larger schools. It is very diverse socio-economically and racially and we have lots of families from other countries. The principal is fantastic -- creative committed and energetic -- and our staff is overall excellent. We have seen steady improvement in test scores since our family has been there -- it honestly just gets better each year.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two kids who attend Ross Elementary School in Dupont Circle. Our school rocks!! Thanks to our outstanding principal and teaching staff we just achieved REWARD status. Our test scores went through the roof! I feel so fortunate to be at this small school where the teachers are smart dedicated and focused on our children's academic growth.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ross Elementary School in Washington DC is a wonderful school. As a parent of a current attending student I am pleased that my daughter is able to attend a school with a great teaching staff and a dedicated principal who takes her responsibilities as a leader seriously. I believe that the programs offered at Ross Elementary - aligned with the Common Core Standards - will help my daughter and fellow students - master the basic skills that are so important to middle high school and even college success. I highly recommend parents and guardians consider this school as an educational option for their children. It is great to be part of a school where community support and parental involvement is a key component to the success of the school. Because of this I do believe that event after my daughter graduates my family and I will maintain a positive relationship with the Ross Elementary community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our children have been at Ross since PK and we cannot praise it enough. There is a very close community of parents children and teachers and we have found them to be extremely supportive every step of the way. It is a friendly challenging inspiring environment for children.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 4 year old daughter is new to Ross Elementary School and is enrolled in Pre-K there. To date we are pleased with the pace of classroom instruction the quality of the teacher-student interaction and the involvement of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The school makes appropriate use of external community resources to meet the needs of its students including music drama and art.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ross provideds quality education and is a PTA driven school. The Principal works well with the PTA and teachers to ensure the needs of the children and parents are met.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a parent at Ross for about 3 years now. I was raised in DC Public schools and knew what to expect of them. However Ross is not your typical DC school. There is so much parent involvement. The Ross community is so tight nit and very welcoming. Both my daughters attend this school and love it! The staff and faculty are very helpful and both of my daughters have shown significant academic growth throughout the year. I am very satisfied with both my daughters academic growth throughout the years at Ross. Every year the school get better and better. I am definitely a proud Ross parent!

  • (1 year ago)

    Ross is an amazing little school. High quality teachers an atmosphere of calm learning and caring and a tight community that has pulled together to create and do some pretty amazing things. Our daughter has been there for three years and we couldn't be happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    This School feels like a family. I am new to Ross Elementary as my child just entered Pre School. Thus far the environment has been very welcoming and the teachers and other staff of the school have all been open to discussion questions and have offered assistance at all levels. It feel like I have entered a family at Ross. I also like the many initiatives that the school has and appreciate the use of technology. I much prefer to receive information and updates via email so this really works for me. The only reason I have not given 5 stars is because I am so new to the school. If things continue how they are going however Ross will be getting 5 Stars for certain.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is very welcoming and informative. I am adequately informed of my child's daily activities and school activities. My questions are answered and follow up information is provided. I am always invited to share in the learning process and what efforts/initiatives the staff is working on to improve the teaching and learning process. My children had a good school opening.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Ross! This is my son's first year at Ross Elementary he is in the first grade. We absolutely love the school. The staff is super friendly and welcoming as well as the other families. We feel at home at Ross and hope to be there until he graduates.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love that in downtown DC our school feels like a family. We moved here last year and everybody welcomed us with love and support. The teachers here are amazing and really go above and beyond for the students. The worldwide diversity offers my children an experience that wouldn't be available in many places. We love Ross and are so fortunate to be part of the Ross family.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child started at Ross last year after transferring from another DC public school. We were welcomed by the amazing Ross community a warm engaged principal whose accessibilty and professionalism never cease to amaze me; teachers who go all out for their students and who work tirelessly to educate our kids; professional staff who work to keep our kids safe and happy; and an involved parent group that works collaboratively to support our principal and teachers. Ross is a hidden gem - a tiny school that serves a diverse community well. Our last school was well-regarded but rested on its reputation - I never felt we were part of a cohesive community and communication was not the best. At Ross we will never have a fancy gym art room or a million dollars of parent contributions. But we have a wonderful community that works hard to put our children's education and well-being first. My only wish is for a better middle school option but even there parents are working tirelessly to try and change things for the better (all good in my humble opinion).

  • (1 year ago)

    We love our school! It's just around the corner fantastic dynamic principal who gets stuff done in record time committed teachers and staff and a wonderful community of parents who are very involved in all aspects of the school. I wish it would go through 12 grade so that we don't have to move out of this great neighborhood for our kids to have quality public ed.

  • (1 year ago)

    In the last few years Ross has turned into a great neighborhood school. It's a place where children grow their love of learning and build lasting friendships. The parent community is fun and inviting too.

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