Wilson High School

3950 Chesapeake St Nw

Washington, DC 20016
(School attendance zone shown in map)

Tel: (202)282-0120
  • Wilson High School serves 1,791 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 19% (which is lower than the District of Columbia state average of 27%) for the 2015-2016 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 21% (which is lower than the District of Columbia state average of 28%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Wilson High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in District of Columbia for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the District of Columbia state level of 12:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the District of Columbia state average of 90%.
  • Wilson High School operates within the District Of Columbia School District.
  • District Of Columbia School District's 69% graduation rate is higher than the District of Columbia state average of 68%.

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School Overview

  • Wilson High School's student population of 1791 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 121 teachers has grown by 17% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,791 students
Wilson High School Total Students (1989-2016)
Gender %Wilson High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers121 teachers
Wilson High School Total Teachers (1987-2016)
Students by GradeWilson High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Wilson High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 200 schools in District of Columbia (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Wilson High School is 0.72, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.52. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (DC)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
19%
27%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
21%
28%
Student : Teacher Ratio15:112:1
Wilson High School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2016)
Asian
6%
1%
Wilson High School Asian Students (1988-2016)
Hispanic
22%
15%
Wilson High School Black Students (1988-2016)
Black
40%
67%
Wilson High School Black Students (1988-2016)
White
28%
10%
Wilson High School White Students (1988-2016)
Two or more races
4%
2%
Wilson High School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2016)
All Ethnic GroupsWilson High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownDC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.720.52
Wilson High School Diversity Score (1988-2016)
Graduation Rate
88%
68%
Wilson High School Graduation Rate (2011-2016)
Eligible for Free Lunch
23%
61%
Wilson High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1990-2016)
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
2%
10%
Wilson High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2000-2016)

    District Comparison

    • District Of Columbia School District's student population of 48,895 students has grown by 10% over five school years.
    • The district's graduation rate of 69% has increased from 53% over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $27,070 is higher than the state average of $13,030. The district revenue/student has declined by 9% over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $29,200 is higher than the state average of $13,607. The district spending/student has declined by 5% over four school years.
    School District NameDistrict Of Columbia School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    115
    1
    Number of Students Managed48,895361
     Of Columbia School District Students Managed (1988-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    24%
    27%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    25%
    28%
    District Graduation Rate
    69%
    68%
    District Total Revenue$1,196 MM$5 MM
    District Spending$1,290 MM$5 MM
    District Revenue / Student$27,070$13,030
    District Spending / Student$29,200$13,607
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school 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.

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