Wilson High School

Wilson High School serves 1,696 students in grades 9 - 12.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the DC average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 91%.
Wilson High School operates within the Of Columbia School District.
Of Columbia School District's 64% graduation rate is equal to the DC state average of 64%.

School Overview

The student population of 1696 students has grown by 11% over five years.
The teacher population of 122 teachers has grown by 19% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,696 students
Wilson High School Total Students (1987-2014)
Gender % Wilson High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 122 teachers
Wilson High School Total Teachers (1989-2014)
Students by Grade Wilson High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.25. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (DC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1 13:1
Wilson High School Student Teacher Ratio (1990-2014)
Asian
7%
1%
Wilson High School Asian Students (1990-2014)
Hispanic
18%
14%
Wilson High School Black Students (1990-2014)
Black
47%
74%
Wilson High School Black Students (1990-2014)
White
25%
9%
Wilson High School White Students (1990-2014)
Two or more races
3%
2%
Wilson High School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2014)
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.69 0.25
Wilson High School Diversity Score (1987-2014)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
99%
97%
Wilson High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1988-2014)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
2%
Wilson High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2001-2013)

District Comparison

Of Columbia School District's student population of 44,942 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 64% has decreased from 93% over five years.
The revenue/student of $27,263 is higher than the state average of $19,103. The district revenue/student has declined by 8% over four years.
The district's spending/student of $29,409 is higher than the state average of $17,991. The district spending/student has grown by 10% over four years.
School District Name Of Columbia School District
Number of Schools
Managed
129
1
Number of Students Managed 44,942 322
 Of Columbia School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate 64% 64%
 Of Columbia School District Graduation Rate (1994-2014)
District Total Revenue $1,196 MM $6 MM
 Of Columbia School District District Total Revenue (1990-2012)
District Spending $1,290 MM $6 MM
 Of Columbia School District District Spending (1990-2012)
District Revenue / Student $27,263 $19,103
 Of Columbia School District District Revenue / Student (1992-2012)
District Spending / Student $29,409 $17,991
 Of Columbia School District District Spending / Student (1992-2012)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, DC Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is a secondary school located in Washington, DC, United States.
  • Wilson, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
  • Dr. Stephen P. Tarason is currently the sitting principal for Wilson and has been since 1999. The school's website says "'Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, D.C.’s largest comprehensive public high school, is known for its academic excellence and for its geographic, ethnic and economic diversity'". The school's student body represents 85 countries and the students come from 40 different schools in the city. The school mascot is the Wilson Tiger, and the motto is "Haec olim meninissee juvabit", which translates to "In days to come, it will please us to remember this". It is notable that, in context in Virgil's Aeneid, the line was an ironic comment made after the characters survived a shipwreck. Woodrow Wilson Senior High is located in DC's Tenleytown neighborhood, one block off Wisconsin Avenue NW.
  • In mid 2006, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School was proposed to be a charter school, but opposition from out-of-bounds students put the plan on hold. It has however a major objective of neighborhood and in-bounds interests. Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is the top performer in the non-magnet High School system in DCPS and one of the top performers in DCPS overall.
  • The school serves several neighborhoods, including Georgetown, Glover Park, and Tenleytown.
  • The school's demographics are as follows:
  • School boundaries encompass everything west of 16th Street, NW, all of southwest Washington north of the Anacostia River, and parts of Capitol Hill southeast.
  • Nearly 40 percent of the students receive free and reduced lunch benefits.
  • About 89 percent of Wilson students continue their education beyond high school, with 77 percent attending four-year or two year colleges or universities. Woodrow Wilson HS was the first school in the metropolitan area to adopt and implement a four course a day, alternating even day and odd day, modular schedule.
  • Aside from its academic strengths, Wilson is also known for its athletic and extracurricular programs. Not only do the Tigers maintain the only crew team among DC public high schools, but the baseball team has won more than ten consecutive city championships, and the soccer, cross country, and track teams are perennially among the best in the city.
  • Wilson used to be the only public school in DC with a swimming pool, but the pool has been out of operation for the past five years.
  • Famous alumni: Ray Blair; H.R., musician; Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope, musician; Emmanuel Burriss, baseball player; Darryl Jennifer, musician; Ian MacKaye, musician; Henry Rollins, musician, poet, media personality; Roger Mudd, Reporter; David Mays, Publisher (The Source); Tommy Duren, Politician, Puppeteer, Child Entertainer; Frank Rich, Editorialist, Drama Critic (The New York Times); Ian Herbert, Journalist (Washington Post Express); Adrian Fenty, Mayor-Elect of Washington, DC; Aquil Abdullah, Olympic Rower; Warren Buffett, Billionaire; DJ Spooky, musician.

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school is Washington Latin Pcs Upper School (2.2 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Deal Middle School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Janney Elementary School (0.3 miles away)
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