Top 10 Best Washington Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 242 public schools serving 88,177 students in Washington, DC (there are 103 private schools, serving 19,683 private students). 82% of all K-12 students in Washington, DC are educated in public schools (compared to the DC state average of 82%).
The top ranked public schools in Washington, DC are Janney Es, Key Es and Lafayette Es. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Washington, DC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 20% (versus the District Of Columbia public school average of 20%), and reading proficiency score of 31% (versus the 31% statewide average). Schools in Washington have an average ranking of 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of District Of Columbia public schools.
Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Black), which is equal to the District Of Columbia public school average of 87% (majority Black).

Best Public Schools in Washington, DC (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Janney Es
(Math: 85% | Reading: 86%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
4130 Albemarle St. Nw
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-0110
Grades: PK-5
| 672 students
Rank: #22.
Key Es
(Math: 70-74% | Reading: 85-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
5001 Dana Pl. Nw
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 729-3280
Grades: PK-5
| 319 students
Rank: #33.
Lafayette Es
(Math: 76% | Reading: 75%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
5701 Broad Branch Rd. Nw
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 282-0116
Grades: PK-5
| 860 students
Rank: #44.
Stoddert Es
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
4001 Calvert St. Nw
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 671-6030
Grades: PK-5
| 445 students
Rank: #55.
Ross Es
(Math: 60-69% | Reading: 80-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1730 R St. Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 673-7200
Grades: PK-5
| 162 students
Rank: #66.
Mann Es
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
4430 Newark St. Nw
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-0126
Grades: PK-5
| 366 students
Rank: #77.
School Without Walls High School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2130 G St. Nw
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 645-9690
Grades: 9-12
| 597 students
Rank: #88.
Basis Dc Pcs
Charter School
(Math: 64% | Reading: 74%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
410 8th Street Nw
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 804-6390
Grades: 5-12
| 650 students
Rank: #99.
Brent Es
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
301 North Carolina Ave. Se
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-3363
Grades: PK-5
| 431 students
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
Benjamin Banneker High School
(Math: 55% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1600 9th St. Nw
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 671-6320
Grades: 9-12
| 537 students
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
Hearst Es
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
3950 37th St. Nw
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 282-0106
Grades: PK-5
| 334 students
Rank: #1212.
Eaton Es
(Math: 64% | Reading: 69%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3301 Lowell St Nw
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 282-0103
Grades: PK-5
| 423 students
Rank: #1313.
Deal MiddleSchool
(Math: 59% | Reading: 71%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3815 Fort Dr. Nw
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 939-2010
Grades: 6-8
| 1,396 students
Rank: #14 - 1514. - 15.
Maury Es
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1250 Constitution Ave. Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 698-3838
Grades: PK-5
| 518 students
Rank: #14 - 1514. - 15.
Murch Es
(Math: 64% | Reading: 66%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4810 36th St. Nw
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 282-0130
Grades: PK-5
| 601 students
Rank: #1616.
Hyde-addison Es
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3219 O St. Nw
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 282-0170
Grades: PK-5
| 374 students
Rank: #1717.
Shepherd Es
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
7800 14th St Nw
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 576-6140
Grades: PK-5
| 367 students
Rank: #1818.
Oyster-adams Bilingual School
(Math: 53% | Reading: 65%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2801 Calvert St. Nw And 2020 1
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 671-6130
Grades: PK-8
| 740 students
Rank: #1919.
School-within-school At Goding
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
810 26th Street Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-7377
Grades: PK-5
| 321 students
Rank: #2020.
Hardy MiddleSchool
(Math: 44% | Reading: 67%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1819 35th St. Nw
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 729-4350
Grades: 6-8
| 531 students
Rank: #2121.
Ludlow-taylor Es
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 65-69%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
659 G St. Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 698-3244
Grades: PK-5
| 440 students
Rank: #2222.
Washington Yu Ying Pcs
Charter School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
220 Taylor Street Ne
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 635-1950
Grades: PK-5
| 569 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Inspired Teaching Demonstration Pcs
Charter School
(Math: 48% | Reading: 57%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
200 Douglas Street Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 248-6825
Grades: PK-8
| 506 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Washington Latin Pcs - MiddleSchool
Charter School
(Math: 47% | Reading: 58%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5200 2nd Street Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 223-1111
Grades: 5-8
| 378 students
Rank: #25 - 2625. - 26.
Dc Bilingual Pcs
Charter School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
33 Riggs Road Ne
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 750-6674
Grades: PK-5
| 490 students
Rank: #25 - 2625. - 26.
Latin American Montessori Bilingual Pcs
Charter School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5000 14th Street Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 726-6200
Grades: PK-5
| 533 students
Rank: #27 - 2827. - 28.
Two Rivers Pcs - 4th Street
Charter School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1227 4th Street Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-8477
Grades: PK-5
| 385 students
Rank: #27 - 2827. - 28.
Washington Latin Pcs - Upper School
Charter School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5200 2nd Street Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 223-1111
Grades: 9-12
| 376 students
Rank: #2929.
Marie Reed Es
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2201 18th St. Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 673-7308
Grades: PK-5
| 441 students
Rank: #30 - 3330. - 33.
Bancroft Es
(Math: 28% | Reading: 47%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1755 Newton St. Nw
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 673-7280
Grades: PK-5
| 676 students
Rank: #30 - 3330. - 33.
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Pcs - Brookland
Charter School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3700 Oakview Terrace Ne
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 265-7237
Grades: PK-5
| 347 students
Rank: #30 - 3330. - 33.
Lee Montessori Pcs - Brookland
Charter School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3025 4th Street Ne
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 779-9740
Grades: PK-6
| 265 students
Rank: #30 - 3330. - 33.
Thomson Es
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1200 L St. Nw
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 898-4660
Grades: PK-5
| 276 students
Rank: #34 - 3534. - 35.
District Of Columbia International School
Charter School
(Math: 31% | Reading: 46%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1400 Main Drive Nw
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 808-9033
Grades: 6-12
| 1,523 students
Rank: #34 - 3534. - 35.
Payne Es
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1445 C St. Se
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-3262
Grades: PK-5
| 292 students
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Washington, District Of Columbia Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
1501 Columbia Road Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 822-6301
Grades: 6-8
| 114 students
2100 New Hampshire Av Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-4014
Grades: PK-6
| n/a students
601 Edgewood St Ne, Suite 25
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-6623
Grades: AE
| n/a students
908 Wahler Pl Se
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 562-1214
Grades: 4-8
| n/a students
1200 1st St Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(757) 208-0900
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
401 I St Sw
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 646-0094
Grades: PK
| 44 students
2011 Savannah Terr Se
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 506-1890
Grades: PK
| 86 students
45 P Street, Nw
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 483-9424
Grades: 9-12
| 65 students
5171 S. Dakota Ave. Ne
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 576-6110
Grades: 6-8
| 159 students
100 Peabody Street Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 545-0922
Grades: 4-8
| 98 students
3101 16th St. Nw
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 939-7700
Grades: 9-12
| 848 students
100 41st St. Ne
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 724-4586
Grades: PK-6
| 176 students
2501 M L King Ave Se
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 698-1133
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
1346 Florida Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-6090
Grades: 9-12
| 177 students
101 M St. Sw
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 724-4871
Grades: PK-6
| 228 students
2333 Ontario Rd Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-7337
Grades: PK
| 45 students
1830 Constitution Ave Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 724-3950
Grades: 7-9
| 66 students
5500 Eads St Ne
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 724-4512
Grades: 9-12
| 165 students
3029 14th St Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-1102
Grades: 6-12
| 390 students
1100 Harvard St Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-4700
Grades: AE
| n/a students
1501 Columbia Rd Nw
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-1256
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
2019 Rhode Island Ave Ne
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 529-5394
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
709 12th St Se
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-3424
Grades: 9-12
| 238 students
770 Kenyon St Nw
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 723-3975
Grades: 6-9
| 235 students
3701 Hayes St Ne
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 398-2230
Grades: 8
| n/a students
1200 First St Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 724-4800
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
1301 V St Ne
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-6148
Grades: PK-6
| n/a students
1720 1st St. Ne
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 939-4350
Grades: 9-10
| 2 students
1401 Brentwood Pkwy. Ne
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 576-5360
Grades: 6-12
| 257 students
2600 Douglass Pl Se
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 678-1578
Grades: 9-12
| 42 students
705 Edgewood St Ne
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-4646
Grades: PK-8
| 432 students
3265 South St Nw
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 339-9494
Grades: 6-8
| n/a students
4501 Kansas Ave. Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 576-6219
Grades: PK-6
| 227 students
1400 First St Nw
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 234-2122
Grades: PK-5
| 523 students
1300 Allison Street Nw
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-4100
Grades: PK-5
| 590 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Washington, DC?
The top ranked public schools in Washington, DC include Janney Es, Key Es and Lafayette Es.
How many public schools are located in Washington, DC?
242 public schools are located in Washington, DC.
What percentage of students in Washington, DC go to public school?
82% of all K-12 students in Washington, DC are educated in public schools (compared to the DC state average of 82%).
What is the racial composition of students in Washington, DC?
Washington, DC public schools minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Black), which is equal to the District Of Columbia public schools average of 87% (majority Black).

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