Tuesday, 12 August 2014


See also: List of colleges & universities in Washington, D.C. & List of parochial & private schools in Washington, D.C.

Founders Library at Howard University, a historicallyin the past black university
District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) operates the city's 123 public schools.[181] The number of students in DCPS steadily decreased for 39 years until 2009. In the 2010รข��11 school year, 46,191 students were enrolled in the public school process.[182] DCPS has of the highest-cost yet lowest-performing school systems in the country, both in terms of infrastructure & student achievement.[183] Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration made sweeping changes to the process by closing schools, replacing teachers, firing principals, & using private schooling firms to aid curriculum development.[184]

Private universities include American University (AU), the Catholic University of The united states (CUA), Gallaudet University, George Washington University (GW), Georgetown University (GU), Howard University, & the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The Corcoran College of Art & Design provides specialized arts instruction & other higher-education institutions offer continuing, distance & adult schooling. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a public university providing undergraduate & graduate schooling. D.C. residents may even be eligible for a grant of up to $10,000 per year to offset the cost of tuition at any public university in the country.[189]

The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board monitors the 52 public charter schools in the city.[185] Due to the perceived issues with the traditional public school process, enrollment in public charter schools has steadily increased.[186] As of fall 2010, D.C. charter schools had a total enrollment of about 32,000, a 9% increase from the prior year.[182] The District is also home to 92 private schools, which enrolled about 18,000 students in 2008.[187] The District of Columbia Public Library operates 25 neighborhood locations including the landmark Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.[188]

The District is known for its medical research institutions such as Washington Hospital Middle & the Kid's National Medical Middle, as well as the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, the city is home to medical schools & associated teaching hospitals at George Washington, Georgetown, & Howard universities.[190]

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