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Washington DC Top Area Schools


The Washington, D.C., area is home to a number of the top-ranked public and private schools in the nation.  The following is a quick list of some of the more notable schools by year and neighborhood.

Preschool and Elementary

  • Stoddert Elementary School - Serving PK through 5th grade this Glover Park gem is one of the top schools in all of the city.
  • Eaton Elementary School - Serving PK through 5th grade, Eaton, which is located in Cleveland Park, received a 10/10 from greatschools.org and a 5-star community rating.
  • Key Elementary School - Serving PK through 5th grade Key Elementary, which is located in The Palisades, is a great school for children .
  • Janney Elementary School - Another great school with students ranging from PK to 5th grade, this is a favorite of parents in DC's Tenleytown neighborhood.
  • Hyde-Addison Elementary School - Receiving a five-star community rating and a 10/10 from greatschools.org, this Georgetown school is a great place for PK to 5th grade.

Middle Schools

  • KIPP DC PCS: KEY Academy - part of a network of charter schools for 5th to 8th grade, this school is highly rated by the community.
  • D.C. Preparatory PCS Edgewood Middle - Serving grades four through eight, parents rate this as a five-star school.
  • Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS - A great school for grades K through eight, this charter school is a four-star school.
  • St. Coletta Special Education PCS - Not just a middle school, St. Coletta serves PK through 12th grade and received a five-star rating.

High Schools

  • Benjamin Banneker High School - Serving grades nine through twelve, this Columbia Heights institution is a five-star school with a 10/10 rating from greatschools.org.
  • School Without Walls High School - Rated as a four-star high school, this school is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.
  • SEED PCS - A public boarding school for grades six through twelve, this is a five-star school serving the area.

Private Schools

Many private schools are found throughout the area as well. All of the following received at least four stars from the community.

  • Annunciation Catholic School - PK-8
  • Archbishop Carroll High School - 9-12
  • Gonzaga College high school - 9-12
  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School - 9-12
  • Holy Trinity School - PK-8
  • Our Lady of Victory School - K-8
  • St. Anselm's Abbey School - 6-12
  • St. Peter's Interparish School - PK-8

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