Dupont Circle Neighborhood of Washington DC Real Estate Analysis

History

Residence of Senator James G. Blaine in 1900. His home was one of the first mansions built around Dupont Circle, and is one of two still standing.

Dupont Circle is located in the “Old City” of Washington, D.C. — the area planned by architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant — but remained largely undeveloped until after the American Civil War, when there was a large influx of new residents. The area that now constitutes Dupont Circle was once home to a brickyard and slaughterhouse.[3][4] There also was a creek, Slash Run, that ran from 16th Street near Adams Morgan, through Kalorama and within a block of Dupont Circle, but the creek has since been enclosed in a sewer line.[5] Improvements made in the 1870s by a board of public works headed by Alexander “Boss” Shepherd transformed the area into a fashionable residential neighborhood.[6][7]

In 1871 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the traffic circle, then called Pacific Circle, as specified in L’Enfant’s plan. On February 25, 1882, Congress renamed the circle to “Dupont Circle”, and authorized a memorial statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont, in recognition of his service as a rear admiral during the Civil War. The statue, sculpted by Launt Thompson, was erected in 1884, and the circle was landscaped, with exotic flowers and ornamental trees. In 1921, the current double-tiered white marble fountain replaced the statue, which was moved to Rockford Park in Wilmington, Delaware.[8] Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, the co‑creators of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the fountain, which features carvings of three classical figures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind on the fountain’s shaft.[1]

Dupont Circle in 1900

During the 1870s and 1880s, mansions were built along Massachusetts Avenue, one of Washington’s grand avenues, and townhouses were built throughout the neighborhood. In 1872, the British built a new embassy on Connecticut Avenue, at N Street NW.[9] By the 1920s, Connecticut Avenue was more commercial in character, with numerous shops. Some residences, including Senator Philetus Sawyer‘s mansion at Connecticut and R Street, were demolished to make way for office buildings and shops.[10] In 1933, the National Park Service took over administering the circle, and added sandboxes for children, though these were removed a few years later.[11]

Connecticut Avenue was widened in the late 1920s, and increased traffic in the neighborhood caused a great deal of congestion in the circle, making it difficult for pedestrians to get around. Medians were installed in 1948, in the circle, to separate the through traffic on Massachusetts Avenue from the local traffic, and traffic signals were added.[11] In 1949 traffic tunnels[12] and an underground streetcar station were built under the circle as part of the now-defunct Capital Transit project. The tunnels allowed trams and vehicles traveling along Connecticut Avenue to pass more quickly past the circle.[13] When streetcar service ended in 1962, the entrances to the underground station were filled in and paved over, leaving only the traffic tunnel.[14]

Dupont Circle Farmers Market occurs year-round on Sunday mornings

The neighborhood declined after World War II and particularly after the 1968 riots, but began to enjoy a resurgence in the 1970s, fueled by urban pioneers seeking an alternative lifestyle. The neighborhood took on a bohemian feel and became an area popular among the gay and lesbian community. Along with The Castro in San Francisco, Hillcrest in San Diego, Greenwich Village in New York City, Boystown in Chicago, Oak Lawn in Dallas, Montrose in Houston, and West Hollywood in Los Angeles, Dupont Circle is considered a historic locale in the development of American gay identity. D.C.’s first gay bookstore, Lambda Rising, opened in 1974 and gained notoriety nationwide.[15] In 1975, the store ran the world’s first gay-oriented television commercial.[16]

Gentrification accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s, and the area is now a more mainstream and trendy location with coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, and upscale retail stores. Since 1997, a weekly farmers market has operated on 20th Street NW.[17]

Architecture

Homes located on the 2000 block of N Street, NW, are considered some of the city’s finest examples of Second Empire architecture.

The area’s rowhouses, primarily built before 1900, feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.

One such grand residence is the marble and terra cotta Patterson house at 15 Dupont Circle (currently the Washington Club). This Italianate mansion, the only survivor of the many mansions that once ringed the circle, was built in 1901 by New York architect Stanford White for Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune, and his wife Nellie, heiress to the Chicago Tribune fortune. Upon Mrs. Patterson’s incapacitation in the early 1920s, the house passed into the hands of her daughter, Cissy Patterson, who made it a hub of Washington social life. The house served as temporary quarters for President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge in 1927 while the White House underwent renovation. The Coolidges welcomed Charles Lindbergh as a houseguest after his historic transatlantic flight. Lindbergh made several public appearances at the house, waving to roaring crowds from the second-story balcony, and befriended the Patterson Family, with whom he increasingly came to share isolationist and pro-German views. Cissy Patterson later acquired the Washington Times-Herald (sold to Washington Post in 1954) and declared journalistic warfare on Franklin D. Roosevelt from 15 Dupont Circle, continuing throughout World War II to push her policies, which were echoed in the New York Daily News, run by her brother Joseph Medill Patterson, and the Chicago Tribune, run by their first cousin, Colonel Robert R. McCormick.

Strivers’ Section

The 1700 block of T Street NW, in the Strivers’ Section

Today’s Dupont Circle includes the Strivers’ Section, a small residential area west of 16th Street roughly between Swann Street and Florida Avenue. The Strivers’ Section was an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans — often community leaders — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area includes a row of houses on 17th Street owned by Frederick Douglass and occupied by his son. It takes its name from a turn-of-the-century writer who described the district as “the Striver’s section, a community of Negro aristocracy”.

The area, which was once considered an overlap of the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is today an historic district.[18] Many of its buildings are the original Edwardian-era residences, along with several apartment and condominium buildings and a few small businesses.

Landmarks

Traffic circle

Maypole in Dupont Circle

Snowball fight

The neighborhood is centered around the traffic circle, which is divided between two counterclockwise roads. The outer road serves all the intersecting streets, while access to the inner road is limited to through traffic on Massachusetts Avenue. Connecticut Avenue passes under the circle via a tunnel; vehicles on Connecticut Avenue can access the circle via service roads that branch from Connecticut near N Street and R Street.

The park located within the circle is maintained by the National Park Service. The central fountain designed by Daniel Chester French provides seating, and long, curved benches around the central area were installed in 1964.[11] The park within the circle is a gathering place for those wishing to play chess on the permanent stone chessboards. Tom Murphy, a homeless championship chess player, is a resident.[19] The park has also been the location of political rallies, such as those supporting gay rights and those protesting the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

In 2009, a tug of war was sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts.[20]

In 1999 Thelma Billy was arrested handing out Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless.[21][22][23]

For More information on Dupont Circle Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dupont_Circle

Washington Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Washington

214 P STREET NW Washington, DC 20001
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5 beds 4 baths $949,900
905 VARNUM ST NW Washington, DC 20011
Photo of 905 VARNUM ST NW, Washington, DC 20011 (MLS # DC8493179)
2 beds 3 baths $710,000
523 8TH ST NE, Unit 101 Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 2 baths 793 sqft $439,000
910 M ST NW, Unit 320 Washington, DC 20001
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2 beds 2 baths 1,060 sqft $620,000
4910 32ND ST NW Washington, DC 20008
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6 beds 4 baths $1,595,000
1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE, Unit 335 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths 832 sqft $459,495
101 NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE, Unit 407 Washington, DC 20003
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1 bed 1 bath 530 sqft $315,000
2821 38TH ST NW Washington, DC 20007
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3 beds 4 baths $1,195,000
4934 1ST ST NW Washington, DC 20011
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4 beds 3 baths $549,000
625 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE Washington, DC 20002
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5 beds 5 baths $1,978,500
1827 FLORIDA AVE NW, Unit 403 Washington, DC 20009
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1 bed 1 bath 581 sqft $359,000
215 15TH ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 2 baths $568,500
1427 MADISON ST NW Washington, DC 20011
6 beds 3 baths $550,000
207 R ST NW, Unit 5 Washington, DC 20001
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2 beds 1 bath 833 sqft $399,000
2939 VAN NESS ST NW, Unit 831 Washington, DC 20008
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1 bed 1 bath 766 sqft $325,000
3900 14TH ST NW, Unit 518 Washington, DC 20011
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2 beds 1 bath 917 sqft $449,900
1516 W ST SE Washington, DC 20020
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3 beds 4 baths $429,000
3032 24TH ST NE Washington, DC 20018
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5 beds 3 baths 2,569 sqft $321,000
3900 Cathedral AVE NW, Unit 103A Washington, DC 20016
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2 beds 2 baths 1,491 sqft $685,000
1021 9TH ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 3 baths 1,880 sqft $649,900
1025 1ST ST SE, Unit 510 Washington, DC 20003
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1 bed 2 baths 1,065 sqft $554,900
1422 EUCLID ST NW, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths 824 sqft $545,000
732 15TH ST SE, Unit 6 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths 977 sqft $649,900
2920 Georgia AVE NW, Unit 306 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 2 baths 935 sqft $519,900
2816 12TH ST NE Washington, DC 20017
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3 beds 3 baths 1,908 sqft $549,500
2125 14TH ST NW, Unit 318-W Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 3 baths 1,469 sqft $950,000
2920 Georgia AVE NW, Unit 102 Washington, DC 20010
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1 bed 1 bath 555 sqft $339,900
732 15TH ST SE, Unit 1 Washington, DC 20003
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1 bed 1 bath 593 sqft $349,900
315 12TH ST NE, Unit 100 Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 2 baths 1,156 sqft $479,000
1431 CORCORAN ST NW, Unit 4 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths 971 sqft $799,000

Sold Listings in Washington

2848 Chancellors Way Ne Washington, DC 20017
4 beds 5 baths $0
4201 Cathedral Ave Nw #1114e Washington, DC 20016
3 beds 2 baths $0
2328 2nd St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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4 beds 2 baths $0
3900 Watson Pl Nw #B4g Washington, DC 20016
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2 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $0
4301 Massachusetts Ave Nw #2004 Washington, DC 20016
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3 beds 2 baths 1,667 sqft $0
4701 Connecticut Ave Nw #509 Washington, DC 20008
2 beds 2 baths 1,290 sqft $0
1400 Church St Nw #506 Washington, DC 20005
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2 beds 3 baths 1,330 sqft $0
4115 38th St Nw Washington, DC 20016
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3 beds 4 baths $0
1177 22nd St Nw #4-E Washington, DC 20037
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1 bed 2 baths 1,166 sqft $0
5223 New Hampshire Ave Nw Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 2 baths $0
2425 L St Nw #516 Washington, DC 20037
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1 bed 1 bath 1,050 sqft $0
1344 Oak St Nw Washington, DC 20010
3 beds 2 baths $0
629 Regent Ne #Barton Model Home Washington, DC 20017
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3 beds 5 baths 1,805 sqft $0
825 8th St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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4 beds 4 baths $0
1391 Pennsylvania Ave Se #527 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths 850 sqft $0
3811 New Hampshire Ave Nw #1 Washington, DC 20011
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2 beds 3 baths $0
315 5th St Se Washington, DC 20003
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3 beds 3 baths $0
315 18th Pl Ne #6 Washington, DC 20002
1 bed 1 bath 550 sqft $0
5325 5th St Nw Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 4 baths $0
315 18th Pl Ne #5 Washington, DC 20002
1 bed 1 bath 595 sqft $0
1155 23rd St Nw #N5l Washington, DC 20037
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2 beds 2 baths 1,324 sqft $0
1736 18th St Nw #404 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths 975 sqft $0
1518 T St Nw Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 3 baths $0
603 Browns Ct Se Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 1 bath $0
2125 14th St Nw #221 Washington, DC 20009
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1 bed 1 bath 503 sqft $0
3801 52nd St Nw Washington, DC 20016
5 beds 4 baths $0
3800 52nd St Nw Washington, DC 20016
4 beds 4 baths $0
1916 17th St Nw #5 Washington, DC 20009
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1 bed 1 bath 630 sqft $0
1600 F St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $0
2710 Olive St Nw Washington, DC 20007
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2 beds 3 baths 1,248 sqft $0

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PK-12 & ungraded
http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
9-12
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Community Academy Public Charter School (Capcs)
K-8
http://www.capcs.org/
The Next Step Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Carlos Rosario International Pcs
K-2 & ungraded
Eagle Academy Pcs
PK-3
Two Rivers Public Charter School Agency
PK-8
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PK
Bridges Pcs
PK-1
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PK-3
Youth Build Pcs Layc)
10-12 & ungraded
The William E. Doar, Junior Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-5
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Education Strenghtens Families Pcs
PK
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
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Septima Clark Pcs
PK-6
Arts And Technology Pcs
PK-5
Booker T. Washington Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Capital City Pcs
PK-12
Cesar Chavez Public Pcs
6-12
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Community Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.capcs.org/
D.C. Bilingual Pcs
PK-5
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PK-8
http://www.dcprep.org/
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PK-10
Friendship Pcs
PK-12
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Hope Community Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.hopecommunitycs.org/
Hospitality Pcs
9-12
Cedar Tree Academy Public Charter School
PK-K, 7-8
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Howard University Middle School Of Math And Science
6-8
Perry Street Preparatory Pcs
PK-12
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7-12
Ideal Academy Pcs
PK-8
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Kipp Academy Pcs
PK, 1-12
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
PK-5
Mary Mcleod Bethune Pcs
PK-8
Maya Angelou Pcs
6-12 & ungraded
Meridian Pcs
PK-8
Nia Community PCS
PK-6
Options Pcs
6-12
Paul Jhs Pcs
6-9
Potomac Lighthouse Pcs
PK-7
Roots Pcs
PK-8
Sail PCS
K-8
Seed Pcs
6-12
St. Coletta Special Education Pcs
PK-12 & ungraded
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Pcs
PK-6
Thurgood Marshall Academy Pcs
9-12
Tree Of Life Pcs
PK-8
Two Rivers Pcs
PK-8
http://www.tworiverspcs.org/
Washington Latin Pcs
5-12
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Washington Math Science Pcs
9-12
William E. Doar Jr Pcs
PK-8
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4-8
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PK-8
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Imagine Southeast Pcs
PK-7
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9-12
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PK-5
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PK-5
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PK-5
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PK-1
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8-12
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5-9
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PK-2
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PK-3
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PK-1
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PK-K
Sela Pcs
PK-2
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n/a
State Operative Agency
n/a

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Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
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Moten Elementary School
PK-5, public
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Montgomery Elementary School
PK-6, public
Miner Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/miner
Meyer Elementary School
PK-5, public
Merritt Middle School
PK-8, public
McGogney Elementary School
PK-6, public
Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland
9-12, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/roosevelt
M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mc-terrell
Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
http://www.takomaec.org
Stanton Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/stanton
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
9-12 & ungraded, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ellington
Sousa Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/sousa
Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/shaw
Ron Brown Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ron-brown
Shaed Education Campus
PK-8, public
Shadd Elementary School
n/a, public
Seaton Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/seaton
Savoy Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/savoy
Rudolph Elementary School
PK-6, public
Ross Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ross
River Terrace Elementary School
PK-5, public
Randle Highlands Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/randle-highlands
Shepherd Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/shepherd
Marie Reed Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mariehreed