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

27 14TH ST NE, Unit 27 Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 27 14TH ST NE, Unit 27, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8461817)
1 bed 1 bath 709 sqft $379,900
30 9TH ST SE Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths $995,000
2416 3RD ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $607,000
2443 ONTARIO RD NW Washington, DC 20009
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5 beds 3 baths $1,300,000
5000 PALISADE LN NW Washington, DC 20016
5 beds 7 baths $2,200,000
4119 18TH PL NE Washington, DC 20018
3 beds 3 baths $525,000
4922 7TH ST NW Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 4 baths $599,000
657 KENSINGTON PL NE Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 3 baths $450,000
3232 MILITARY RD NW Washington, DC 20015
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3 beds 2 baths $749,000
1612 KEARNY ST NE Washington, DC 20018
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3 beds 2 baths $635,000
5006 PINEY BRANCH RD NW Washington, DC 20011
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5 beds 3 baths 3,068 sqft $1,100,000
655 16TH ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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5 beds 5 baths $899,000
3329 7TH ST SE Washington, DC 20032
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4 beds 4 baths $396,900
408 WOODCREST DR SE Washington, DC 20032
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3 beds 3 baths $399,900
2013 KEARNY ST NE Washington, DC 20018
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3 beds 4 baths $699,900
1527 16TH ST NW, Unit 1 Washington, DC 20036
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1 bed 1 bath 563 sqft $399,000
2132 LEROY PL NW Washington, DC 20008
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6 beds 6 baths $2,150,000
1356 KENYON ST NW, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20010
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1 bed 1 bath $419,900
3002 VISTA ST NE Washington, DC 20018
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3 beds 3 baths $479,900
1901 INGLESIDE TER NW, Unit 102 Washington, DC 20010
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1 bed 2 baths $415,000
1535 NEWTON ST NE Washington, DC 20017
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5 beds 4 baths $824,900
1442 JONQUIL ST NW Washington, DC 20012
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4 beds 4 baths $885,000
1616 11TH ST NW, Unit PH-1 Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 1616 11TH ST NW, Unit PH-1, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8461401)
2 beds 1 bath 845 sqft $619,000
717 GIRARD ST NW Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths $525,000
3210 GRACE ST NW, Unit 302 Washington, DC 20007
Photo of 3210 GRACE ST NW, Unit 302, Washington, DC 20007 (MLS # DC8461233)
2 beds 3 baths 1,158 sqft $779,000
3804 W ST NW Washington, DC 20007
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2 beds 3 baths $869,000
5240 41ST ST NW Washington, DC 20015
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3 beds 2 baths $925,000
1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE, Unit 227 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths 832 sqft $459,900
1406 PERRY PL NW Washington, DC 20010
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4 beds 3 baths 2,320 sqft $679,900
1023 CECIL PL NW Washington, DC 20007
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2 beds 2 baths $788,000

Sold Listings in Washington

851 3rd St Sw #101 Washington, DC 20024
3 beds 2 baths 1,488 sqft $0
730 Girard St Nw #2 Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $0
1506 Spring Pl Nw Washington, DC 20010
3 beds 2 baths 1,920 sqft $0
4423 Q St Nw Washington, DC 20007
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3 beds 2 baths $0
3303 Water St Nw #E-7 Washington, DC 20007
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2 beds 3 baths 1,848 sqft $0
7529 16th St Nw Washington, DC 20012
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4 beds 4 baths 4,489 sqft $0
1016 C St Se Washington, DC 20003
4 beds 4 baths $0
3325 N St Nw Washington, DC 20007
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4 beds 6 baths $0
5700 Chevy Chase Pkwy Nw Washington, DC 20015
4 beds 2 baths $0
266 G St Sw #104 Washington, DC 20024
2 beds 2 baths 1,513 sqft $0
1444 Church St Nw #702 Washington, DC 20005
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1 bed 1 bath 1,190 sqft $0
1444 CHURCH ST NW, Unit 702 Washington, DC 20005
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1 bed 1 bath 1,190 sqft $949,900
3511 13th St Nw #104 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 1 bath 668 sqft $0
4015 28th Pl Nw Washington, DC 20008
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4 beds 6 baths $0
1025 1st St Se #605 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths 1,188 sqft $0
725 10th St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 2 baths $0
4108 20th St Ne Washington, DC 20018
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3 beds 2 baths 2,134 sqft $0
1915 C St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $0
3121 7th St Ne Washington, DC 20017
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3 beds 1 bath $0
350 G St Sw #N-620 Washington, DC 20024
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1 bed 1 bath 636 sqft $0
350 G ST SW, Unit N-620 Washington, DC 20024
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1 bed 1 bath 636 sqft $335,000
2801 New Mexico Ave Nw #1422 Washington, DC 20007
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2 beds 3 baths 1,704 sqft $0
3606 Rock Creek Church Road Nw #305 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 1 bath $0
1436 D St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $0
730 Girard St Nw #3 Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths $0
64 K St Nw Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths $0
1537 30th St Nw #D12 Washington, DC 20007
2 beds 2 baths 2,805 sqft $0
5918 4th St Nw Washington, DC 20011
3 beds 2 baths $0
1314 Massachusetts Ave Nw #103 Washington, DC 20005
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1 bed 1 bath 700 sqft $0
800 4th St Sw #S-101 Washington, DC 20024
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1 bed 1 bath 949 sqft $0

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K-8
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9-12 & ungraded
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K-2 & ungraded
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PK-3
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PK-8
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PK
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PK-1
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PK-3
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10-12 & ungraded
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PK-5
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PK
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9-12
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PK-6
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PK-5
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9-12 & ungraded
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PK-12
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6-12
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PK-8
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PK-5
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PK-8
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PK-10
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PK-12
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PK-8
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9-12
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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
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PK-8
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PK, 1-12
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PK-5
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PK-8
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6-12 & ungraded
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PK-8
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PK-6
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6-12
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6-9
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PK-7
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PK-8
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K-8
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6-12
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PK-12 & ungraded
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PK-6
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9-12
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PK-8
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PK-8
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5-12
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9-12
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PK-8
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PK-8
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PK-7
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PK-5
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PK-5
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PK-5
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PK-2
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PK-3
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PK-1
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PK-2
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Murch Elementary School
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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
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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
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M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
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Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
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Stanton Elementary School
PK-5, public
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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
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