Middle School Initiative

Current Status

On July 29, 2010, DCPS announced it’s implementation plan for the Middle School initiative in Ward 6. School Collaboration Teams will work with DCPS to implement the plan. Visit the DCPS site: http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/building-on-momentum for details.

The Proposal

Click here to read the CHPSPO presentation to Chancellor Rhee.

Click here to read the full-blown CHPSPO proposal


  • Work together with DC Public Schools to implement a comprehensive plan to improve middle school opportunities for all students on Capitol Hill, with a clear timeline for moving forward
  • Outreach to community to provide information about middle school plans and to receive input and gain support from community members


The Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization (CHPSPO) presented this proposal to Chacellor Rhee on May 25, 2010, with recommenations meant to strengthen middle schools in Capitol Hill.

The Process

  • Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization (CHPSPO) began a Middle School Initiative in January 2009
  • PTA representatives and interested parents from Brent, Capitol Hill Cluster School, Ludlow-Taylor, Maury, Miner, Payne, and Tyler, and Eliot-Hine are members of CHPSPO
  • Conducted survey during Summer of 2009 to learn parent attitudes towards public middle school opportunities
  • Requested by Council member Tommy Wells to accelerate efforts in December 2009
  • Meetings on December 15, January 11 and 19, February 8 and 23
  • PTA representatives held discussions about middle schools with their individual schools, and brought back recommendations
  • Achieved consensus and developed proposal for presentation to Chancellor Rhee in March 2010
  • Met with Chancellor Rhee on March 25, 2010 and received commitment from DCPS to work with CHPSPO on finalizing and implementing a middle school plan for Capitol Hill

Key Participants

  • Brent Elementary School
  • Capitol Hill Cluster School
  • Eliot-Hine Middle School
  • Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School
  • Miner Elementary School
  • Tyler Elementary School

Key Dates

  • July 29, 2010 – DCPS announced implementation plan at Maury Elementary
  • May 27, 2010 – Presentation to CHCS PTA
  • May 26, 2010 – Presentation to Payne ES PTA
  • May 25, 2010 – Presentation to Brent ES PTA
  • May 21, 2010 – Presenation to Ludlow-Taylor PTA
  • May 19, 2020 – DCPS presents draft proposal to community at the Ward 6 Middle School Meeting (Payne ES)
  • May 12, 2010 – Presentation to ANC 6C
  • May 5, 2010 – DCPS responded to CHPSPO proposal to CHPSPO
  • May 4, 2010 – Presenation to North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
  • April 26, 2010 – Presentation at Watkins Montessori Town Hall
  • April 23, 2010 – Presentation at Capitol Hill Cluster School Town Hall
  • April 21, 2010 – Presentationto Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA)
  • April 19, 2010 – DCPS held Ward 6 Middle School meeting at JO Wilson ES
  • April 13, 2010 – Presentation to ANC 6B
  • April 8, 2010 – Presentation to ANC 6A
  • March 25, 2010 – CHPSPO presented proposal to Chancellor Rhee
  • Proposal planning meetings on December 15, January 11 and 19, February 8 and 23, 2010

Documents from original Middle School Initiative site discussions:


Post them here in the ‘comments’ section or email: CHPSPO@gmail.com

Want to Join this effort? Join the yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chpspo_middleschool/

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