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Safe Passage Priority Areas

In August 2017, the School Safety and Safe Passage Working Group collectively decided to focus on specific areas of the city to improve student safety as they travel to and from school. Areas were selected based on the number of student-involved incidents in the area using data from MTPD from the 2016-2017 school year and anecdotal information from various stakeholders within the Working Group. To support cross-sector collaboration between DCPS and public charter schools, DME hosts coordination calls for each of the initial safe passage priority areas between the school leaders, police officers, and transportation specialists that work in those areas to create solutions for an student safety issue that is present in that cluster. The School Safety and Safe Passage Working Group will continue to evaluate the safety in each of the initial priority areas to determine if additional support in the area is necessary. In addition, the School Safety and Safe Passage Working Group will consider expanding the existing group of safe passage areas based on student safety concerns. The Safe Passage Priority Areas and the public schools in surrounding area include:

Anacostia Metro Station

  • Excel Academy
  • Savoy ES
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

Minnesota Avenue Metro Station

  • Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Parkside HS
  • Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Parkside MS
  • Friendship PCS - Collegiate Academy
  • Kelly Miller Middle School
  • Kimball ES
  • Maya Angelou PCS High School
  • Ron Brown College Preparatory High School
  • Sousa MS
  • Two Rivers PCS – Young ES

L'Enfant Plaza/Waterfront Metro Station

  • Eastern HS
  • Jefferson MS Academy
  • Richard Wright PCS
  • Washington Global PCS

NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station

  • Dunbar HS
  • Friendship PCS - Armstrong ES
  • Friendship PCS – Armstrong MS
  • KIPP DC College Prep Academy
  • McKinley Tech HS
  • McKinley MS

Good Hope Road SE Corridor

  • DC Prep PCS - Anacostia ES
  • Ketcham ES
  • Kramer MS

Congress Heights

  • Ballou HS / Ballou STAY
  • Center City PCS - Congress Heights
  • Eagle Academy PCS - Congress Heights
  • Hart MS
  • Ingenuity Prep PCS
  • King ES
  • KIPP DC - Somerset College Prep PCS
  • KIPP DC - Honor Academy PCS
  • Simon ES

Columbia Heights*

Ward 1 Schools:

  • Benjamin Banneker HS
  • Cardozo EC
  • Carlos Rosario International PCS [Harvard Street]
  • Columbia Heights EC

Ward 4 Schools:

  • Capital City PCS MS
  • Capital City PCS HS
  • Coolidge HS
  • E.L. Haynes ES
  • E.L Haynes MS
  • E.L. Haynes HS
  • McFarland MS
  • Roosevelt HS
  • Roosevelt STAY HS

*Several Ward 4 schools in the Petworth and Brightwood neighborhoods were added to the Columbia Heights Safe Passage Priority Area pending a decision from the Safe Passage Working Group to create a new, separate area.

Click here to view an interactive map of the Safe Passage Priority Areas.

In each of the Safe Passage Priority Areas, regular calls or meetings are held between school leaders, MPD, DDOT, and Metro Transit Police to discuss student safety concerns, plan assistance that is provided to areas, and share strategies for improving safety. Feedback from each meeting is used to determine what additional supports are needed. When needed, government agencies participate in citywide safe passage campaigns by adopting an area and providing physical support during student arrival and dismissal.

DME and Mayor Bowser’s School Safety and Safe Passage Working Group support an array of targeted strategies to ensure students can get to and from school safely every day