School Details

H.D. Woodson High School

540 55th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019
(202) 939-2030

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 810 students 12 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


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.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

H.D. Woodson High School is a public high school in Washington. The principal of H.D. Woodson High School is Richard Jackson, who can be contacted at 810 children attend H.D. Woodson High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0.2% of the H.D. Woodson High School students have "limited English proficiency." 72% of the 810 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at H.D. Woodson High School is 12:1. SEED PCS is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% 75%
Hispanic 0.3% 13%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 53%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is a 9th grader at HD Woodson and its not the best school on earth in terms of structure and academics- they dont even give students homework. However my son is a 4.0 student who wants to make the best of his neighborhood school. Despite the violence and confusion that can be found anywhere he decides to make independent decisions and take advantage of every program and activity they have to offer. He's sucking up all the scholarships the school has to offer since they are not many students who care. There is certainly little to no competition between students who want to learn. This is why I have him in additional activities outside the school to challenge him and prepare him for college.

  • (3 years ago)

    hello i am not a parent at this school yet but my child will be attending there in 20012 as a 9th grader i just want some info about this school i see that this is for my child .i am excited for my child to attend there.

  • (4 years ago)

    I use to attend HD when it was on Baline street NE and I would like for my daughter to attend my old High School.

  • (10 years ago)

    HD is the best high school in DC and I think you should just let them go I turned out good im even in college and have a great time all because woodson made school cool for me!

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