Award Year: 2019

John W. Ross Elementary School

1730 R Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009-2410

(202) 673-7200

Ms. Holly M. Searl, Principal at time of Nomination

District of Columbia Public Schools

School Website

School FaceBook

School Twitter


"Embraced for who you are and Empowered to be more." Every child is known. Every teacher is invested. Every family is valued.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 8%
Playing Together at Recess

Playing Together at Recess

Located in historic Dupont Circle, John W. Ross Elementary School is a District of Columbia public school serving a diverse community of 180 children in PK4 through fifth grade. Our playground and field were recently renovated and serve as a neighborhood gathering place for families after school and on the weekends.

We have a reputation for recruiting excellent teachers who care deeply about students and about improving their professional practice. We have a strong commitment to helping all learners perform at or above grade level as defined by the Common Core State Standards. Our units of study are content focused with a heavy emphasis on evidence-based writing. We utilize a variety of blended learning and recently launched STEM programming. Teachers meet regularly with instructional coaches and peers to plan collaboratively, explore new teaching methods, and analyze student work.

Ross students love learning and love coming to school. Multiple data points illustrate this fact such as our high attendance rate, our Panorama survey results demonstrating that 90% of our students feel challenged in school, and the high levels of participation in extra-curricular activities such as Archery Club, Fly Fishing, and Girls on the Run. We strive to develop well-rounded students who are exposed to all our community and city offers. A few of our community partnerships include The Kennedy Center, The Department of the Interior, The Keegan Theatre, and Everybody Wins DC.

Our parent community is highly engaged and committed to the success of all teachers and students at Ross.