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

52 MILMARSON PL NW Washington, DC 20011
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4 beds 4 baths $625,000
6532 EASTERN AVE NE Washington, DC 20012
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3 beds 2 baths $425,000
810 SOMERSET PL NW Washington, DC 20011
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4 beds 4 baths $575,000
5520 4TH NE Washington, DC 20011
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4 beds 4 baths 2,366 sqft $699,999
5516 4TH NW Washington, DC 20011
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4 beds 4 baths 2,459 sqft $699,999
3902 14TH ST NW, Unit 414 Washington, DC 20011
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1 bed 1 bath 709 sqft $309,450
2111 WISCONSIN AVE NW, Unit 121 Washington, DC 20007
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1 bed 1 bath 693 sqft $342,500
2006 E ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 3 baths 1,118 sqft $595,000
59 R ST NW Washington, DC 20001
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4 beds 4 baths $874,900
920 DELAFIELD PL NW Washington, DC 20011
3 beds 2 baths $398,000
837 CRITTENDEN ST NE Washington, DC 20017
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3 beds 2 baths $330,000
922 15TH ST SE Washington, DC 20003
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3 beds 2 baths $499,900
2516 Q ST NW, Unit Q-208 Washington, DC 20007
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0 beds 1 bath 446 sqft $395,000
5127 D ST SE Washington, DC 20019
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4 beds 4 baths $305,000
1368 FRANKLIN ST NE Washington, DC 20017
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3 beds 4 baths $649,000
1822 VERNON ST NW, Unit 301 Washington, DC 20009
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1 bed 1 bath 631 sqft $379,000
4812 8TH ST NE Washington, DC 20017
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3 beds 1 bath $395,000
1616 G ST SE Washington, DC 20003
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3 beds 3 baths $725,000
4837 LOUGHBORO RD NW Washington, DC 20016
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4 beds 5 baths 2,600 sqft $1,300,000
2803 FRANKLIN ST NE Washington, DC 20018
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4 beds 4 baths $499,800
1210 MEIGS PL NE Washington, DC 20002
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4 beds 4 baths $449,900
315 ELM ST NW Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths $737,337
6241/2 8TH ST NE, Unit 101 Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths 2,672 sqft $899,900
3850 39TH ST NW, Unit A97 Washington, DC 20016
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1 bed 2 baths 1,076 sqft $345,000
1207 ORREN ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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4 beds 2 baths $659,900
1812 M ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 2 baths $427,000
1326 LEVIS ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 4 baths $498,000
709 JEFFERSON ST NW Washington, DC 20011
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2 beds 1 bath 1,100 sqft $390,000
758 18TH ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $424,990
1704 MICHIGAN AVE NE Washington, DC 20017
6 beds 3 baths $400,000

Sold Listings in Washington

1217 Potomac Ave Se Washington, DC 20003
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3 beds 3 baths $0
1517 12th St Nw Washington, DC 20005
4 beds 5 baths $0
312 Bryant St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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0 beds 0 baths 1,028 sqft $0
3715 R St Nw Washington, DC 20007
3 beds 2 baths $0
1245 13th St Nw #411 Washington, DC 20005
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1 bed 1 bath 644 sqft $0
1317 Harvard St Nw #4 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths $0
510 T St Nw Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 1 bath $0
125 15th St Ne #5 Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 2 baths 1,118 sqft $0
1022 Hamlin St Ne Washington, DC 20017
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4 beds 2 baths $0
4122 5th St Nw Washington, DC 20011
3 beds 2 baths $0
3534 10th St Nw #310 Washington, DC 20010
1 bed 1 bath 550 sqft $0
1905 33rd St Se Washington, DC 20020
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4 beds 3 baths 2,169 sqft $0
4707 Connecticut Ave Nw #214 Washington, DC 20008
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2 beds 1 bath 1,255 sqft $0
2737 Devonshire Pl Nw #317 Washington, DC 20008
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1 bed 1 bath 1,127 sqft $0
126 V St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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4 beds 4 baths $0
1611 A St Ne Washington, DC 20002
3 beds 1 bath $0
1410 Irving St Ne Washington, DC 20017
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6 beds 4 baths $0
1340 Quincy St Nw Washington, DC 20011
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4 beds 4 baths $0
1636 Irving St Nw #3 Washington, DC 20010
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1 bed 1 bath 671 sqft $0
823 11th St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $0
650 Orleans Pl Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $0
4916 46th St Nw Washington, DC 20016
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3 beds 3 baths $0
1024 5th St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths 2,088 sqft $0
4800 Georgia Ave St Nw #105 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 2 baths 880 sqft $0
1441 Spring Rd Nw #301 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 1 bath 750 sqft $0
732 Hobart Pl Nw Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths $0
515 C St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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6 beds 7 baths $0
2120 Vermont Ave Nw #107 Washington, DC 20001
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1 bed 1 bath 669 sqft $0
1230 Fairmont St Nw #3 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 3 baths 1,618 sqft $0
2307 38th St Nw Washington, DC 20007
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4 beds 4 baths 2,550 sqft $0

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9-12
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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
Bridges Pcs
PK-1
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PK-3
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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
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D.C. Bilingual Pcs
PK-5
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PK-8
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E.L. Haynes Pcs
PK-10
Friendship Pcs
PK-12
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PK-8
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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
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PK-8
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PK, 1-12
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
PK-5
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PK-8
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6-12 & ungraded
Meridian Pcs
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
Roots Pcs
PK-8
Sail PCS
K-8
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6-12
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PK-12 & ungraded
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Pcs
PK-6
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9-12
Tree Of Life Pcs
PK-8
Two Rivers Pcs
PK-8
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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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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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PK-2
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PK-3
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PK-1
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PK-K
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PK-2
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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
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M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mc-terrell
Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
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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