LIST: 20 D.C. schools to be closed
In the map above, blue points represent elementary schools, green points represent middle schools, red points indicates schools with enrollment up to 12th grade and purple points represent adult campuses.
For more information on each school, click on its corresponding point.
Spingarn High School, Kenilworth Elementary and Marshall Elementary are just a handful of the 20 schools proposed for closure in the District. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday morning that 20 schools in six wards could be shut down before the beginning of the next school year.
“These decisions are difficult,” says Henderson. “They mean transition for about 3,000 of our students and families and we are going to do everything possible to ensure that transition goes smoothly.”
The list includes eight elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school. Two education and three special education campuses are also on the list.
Henderson says there are too many facilities for the 45,000 D.C. public school students. Parents at Northeast’s Kenilworth Elementary feared they would be on the list.
“This school has been here for a long time,” says Danielle Ouzts. “My whole family went here. My grandmother, my parents, me, my two kids and now my nephew. I’m at a loss for words.”
“When I heard the news I couldn’t breathe,” says Donnita Bennett. “I feel like I failed as a parent putting my child in public schools in D.C.”
In 2008, the system shuttered 23 public schools. Several D.C. Council members have been briefed on the plan.
Here is the list of schools to be shuttered. For a list of where students at the soon-to-be-closed schools will go after doors are closed, click here.
Francis-Stevens Education Campus
Garrison Elementary SChool
MacFarland Middle School
Sharpe Health School
Mamie D. Lee School
C.H.O.I.C.E. Academy Middle/High School
Marshall Elementary School
Spingarn High School
Spingarn STAY High School
Prospect Learning Campus
Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson
Davis Elementary School
Kenilworth Elementary School
Ron Brown Middle School
Smothers Elementary School
Winston Education Campus
Ferebee-Hope Elementary SChool
Johnson Middle School
Malcolm X Elementary School
M.C. Terrell/McGogney Elementary School