During the 2015-16 school year, each of D.C.'s high schools will offer at least six Advanced Placement courses. (Courtesy of DCPS)
During the 2015-16 school year, each of D.C.'s high schools will offer at least six Advanced Placement courses. (Courtesy of DCPS)

This year, more than 3,000 DCPS students have taken more than 5,000 Advanced Placement exams, which nearly doubles the number who took the college-level exams in 2010.

“Students benefit from the experience and rigor of taking college-level courses in high school—be that through dual enrollment at local universities, International Baccalaureate courses, or AP courses,” said Brian Pick, DCPS chief of Teaching and Learning. “By taking AP courses, students not only rise to the higher standard required in college-level coursework, but also get a firsthand look into what college courses entail.”

In order to ensure more students have access to AP courses and that more of them pass AP exams, DCPS has partnered with other local school districts to enable the attendance of AP teachers at an AP summer institute for their course.

“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, yet we still have more work to do to support teachers and students,” Pick said.

Gains in Reading, Math

Several schools across the city, including the Raymond Education Campus in Ward 4, showed vast improvement in both English/Language Arts and math, according to the latest results of Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams.

A list of top-performing schools:

  • Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8) saw a 5 percent increase in ELA and an 18 percent increase in math, compared to 2015 scores.
  • Marie Reed Elementary School (Ward 1) saw a 17 percent increase in ELA scores and a 10 percent increase in math.
  • Hearst Elementary School (Ward 3) saw a 14 percent increase in ELA and a 12 percent increase in math.
  • Beers Elementary School (Ward 7) saw a 12 percent increase in ELA and a 10 percent increase in math.
  • Burroughs Elementary School (Ward 5) saw an 11 percent increase in ELA and a 16 percent increase in math.

“An increase in our PARCC scores is another indicator that extending the school year is benefiting our young scholars,” said Natalie Hubbard, principal of Raymond Education Campus, which is in its second year as an extended-year school. “Our students have had the opportunity for more learning time, more field trips, and more support with our extended calendar, and I look forward to seeing continued progress at Raymond.”

Briya Medical Assistant Program

Twenty-four new students have been inducted into Briya Public Charter School’s Medical Assistant program.

During the recent ceremony, Briya instructor Gina Pistulka extended the welcoming message and spoke to the incoming students about the vital work they will do as medical assistants.

“You are the face of the healthcare team,” Pistulka said. “You are the one the patient will meet first. You are the one who will start to create the environment in which a person begins to heal.”

The 15-month program prepares students to work alongside doctors and nurses.

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