Alice Deal Middle School: An IB World School

The Basic Stats

Number of grades: 2010/11: Grades, 6, 7, and 8
Enrollment levels Current enrollment: 915 (300 per grade level)
Number of classes per grade There are 3 teams at each grade level. Each team has approximately 100 students. Core team teachers (Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, and English) have 5 classes averaging 20 students per class.
Number of students per grade and teacher/student ratio Teacher student ratio is 24:1 (approximately) although there are much smaller classes and a few larger ones, due to the use of homerooms and specialty electives.
Most recent two years of DC CAS/BAS scores in English and Math 2009 math: 77.63 / 2009 reading; 78.59
2010 math: 84 / 2010 reading 83
Made AYP in NCLB? No. Our deficiencies were in Special Education and English Learners.
Official feeder elementary schools Janney, Lafayette, Murch, Shepherd, Hearst — straight feeders. Split feeders include Eaton and Bancroft.
Application deadline for consideration No application necessary, unless students are out-of-boundary, in which case the DC OOB process applies.
In-boundary? Approximately 60 percent of our students are in-boundary, although for our new 6th grade class this percentage is closer to 70 percent.
% on free lunch program, % ELL 2009/10: FRL — 29 percent
2009/10 ELL — 5 percent
High school feed to? We are a feeder for Wilson High School.
(a)What percentages of students go on to public high school?
(b) What percentages go on to private high school?
Our students went to:
Wilson (73 percent)
School Without Walls (13)
Duke Ellington School for the Arts (3)
Banneker Academic (2)
McKinley Tech (1)
Private (4); St. John's, Georgetown Day, Sidwell Friends, Maret
Admission process? None. Registration per regulations of DC Public School
Does your school have a before-school or after-school program? School doors open at 8 am, 45 minutes before class. Students in music performance groups begin some days at 7:45 am. We do have an after-care program. Extracurricular activities run from 3:30 until 4:30; after-care continues until 6 pm.
What is the best website for gathering information about the school?


Is there an honors program of any kind, and if so, in what subjects? Program and instruction are designed around providing an intensive (honors) program for all. Distinct from work and expectations in core academic classes, 8th graders all take either Algebra or Geometry; all students take World Languages for high school credit. IB MYP provides a clear academic focus targeted at rigor and comprehensiveness.
Which foreign languages are taught? Spanish (regular and intensive), French, Mandarin Chinese. Language instruction is required for each year at Deal. Spanish Humanities classes are advanced classes intended for students who have had an immersion experience.
What academic programs exist at Deal? International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program — no additional admission requirements — the program serves all students.
What is the arts and music curriculum? What classes are required? Visual arts/music — 1 semester total 6th grade
Music — 1 semester 7th grade
Visual Arts — 1 semester 8th grade
Before- and after-school chorus and band activities.

Deal Staff

What is the average number of years of tenure of teachers at your school? Turnover this year was far less than in our expansion year (last year). We had a turnover of about 15 percent this year in all teaching staff. Tenure #s are not available.
What is teacher turn over like? Hard to say, as this is the first year we have not had dramatic change in program or facility.
What is the teacher training/professional development program? Professional development is intensive, including support for IB MYP, teacher growth, school- and district-initiatives, and identified areas of need.
What is the policy for communicating with parents? Deal has a readily available staff. In addition to requirements for parent contact (48 hours or less), teachers maintain online communication for teams as well as online grade books and assignment posts.
How is class information place on the web? All classes are required to maintain homework and class information on EdLine. Some classes provide additional information on other web addresses.
How long has the principal been leading the school? This is Dr. Melissa M. Kim's 6th year at Deal.

Security & Dress Code

What is the security arrangement for the school? Our school has a standard security arrangement for DCPS middle schools. We have a DC police presence with school resource officers, a security team, and we do have metal detectors. We are a very low incidence school.
Is there a community service requirement? Through the IB MYP, our teachers and staff are developing a community service program that will provide meaningful and personal community service for all students.
What is the dress code and how is it enforced? There are no uniform requirements at Deal. The dress code is for reasonable wear (defined for students and families) and is vigorously enforced by all staff.
Transportation to and from school? Deal is accessible by local bus, Metro (Tenleytown Metro station), by walking, and by drop-off.

Extracurricular Activities

What sports programs are there within and outside the curriculum? Where do kids have PE? All students take PE each year for a semester. Deal has competitive athletic teams in boys and girls soccer, basketball, girls volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, cross-country and track. We also offer intramural activities in rugby, fencing, Ultimate Frisbee, and dance, among others.
What other major extracurricular programs does the school have and how much does it cost? Who runs these programs? The school has an extensive extracurricular program, both academic and activity focused: MathCounts, Debate, robotics, GeoPlunge, spelling and geography bees, school musical, improv club, language clubs, student council, arts studio club, among many, many others. We also have an embedded period once every two weeks in which students try completely different activities sponsored by all members of the staff.