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Public School Wi-Fi

January 12, 2016

OCTO's DC-Net) Wireless team and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) have partneredr to ensure that DCPS students, teachers, and administrators have a fully connected learning environment. DC-Net's focus on school IT modernization—including ubiquitous wireless coverage and state-of-the-art telephony and unified communications delivered over a highly available, high capacity network—provides environment for students to get the most out of online learning opportunities.

Establishing ubiquitous Wi-Fi connectivity in all schools is a key component of the DC-Net and DCPS strategy, enabling:

  • Significantly enhanced access for students during online PARCC testing and flexibility for school administrators in to determine where tests can be administered.
  • Secure DCPS employee-only Wi-Fi connectivity in addition to the filtered network available to students and the public.

Key benefits:

  • By the next scheduled PARCC testing session in March 2016, 95 (88 percent) of all public schools will have high capacity, ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage throughout the schools and will be fully prepared to have students take the tests using Wi-Fi.
  • There will be a 15% increase on overall network capacity and improvement for the 2016 PARCC testing sessions.
  • With minimal investment, DCPS can enhance the Wi-Fi coverage at an additional three schools to bring the total percentage of schools with high capacity, ubiquitous coverage to over 90 percent (98 of 108 school locations). 

Schools with High Capacity, Ubiquitous Wi-Fi

The following 80 public schools (74.1 percent of all schools) are fully ready for PARCC testing. These schools have received full Wi-Fi upgrade between 2012 and end of calendar year 2015 and now have high capacity, ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage throughout. They have the latest generation Cisco wireless access points and networking infrastructure.


Aiton ES

Amidon-Bowen ES

Anacostia HS

Ballou HS

Ballou STAY

Barnard ES

Beers ES

Benjamin Banneker HS

Brent ES

Brightwood EC

Brookland EC @ Bunker Hill

Browne EC

Bruce-Monroe ES @ Park View

Burroughs EC

Cardozo EC

Cleveland ES

Columbia Heights EC (CHEC)

Coolidge HS

C.W Harris

Deal MS

Drew ES

Dunbar HS

Eaton ES

Eliot-Hine MS

H.D. Cooke ES

Hart MS

Hearst ES

Hendley ES

Hyde-Addison ES

Janney ES

J.O. Wilson ES

Kelly Miller MS

Ketcham ES

Key ES

Kimball ES

Kramer MS

Lafayette ES

Langdon EC

Langley ES

LaSalle-Backus EC

Leckie ES

Ludlow-Taylor ES

Luke Moore Alternative HS

Malcolm X ES @ Green

Mann ES

McKinley MS

McKinley Technology HS

Miner ES

Moten ES

Murch ES

Nalle ES

Noyes EC

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Adams)

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (Oyster)

Patterson ES

Payne ES

Peabody ES (Capitol Hill Cluster)


Plummer ES

Powell ES

Raymond EC

Ross ES

Savoy ES

School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens

Shepherd ES

Simon ES

Stuart-Hobson MS (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Smothers ES

Takoma EC

Thomas ES

Truesdell EC

Tubman ES

Turner ES

Tyler ES

Walker-Jones EC

Washington Metropolitan HS

Wheatley EC

Whittier EC

Wilson HS (Xirrus Site - auditorium)

Woodson, H.D. HS


Schools Scheduled for Winter 2015-2016 Wi-Fi Upgrade

The following 15 public schools (13.9 percent of all schools) will be fully ready to support PARCC testing via Wi-Fi in time for the scheduled March 2016 PARCC testing.



Stanton ES

Eastern HS (Xirrus Site - auditorium) - New

Jefferson Middle School Academy

Johnson, John Hayden MS

Roosevelt HS @ MacFarland

Thomson ES

Burrville ES

Houston ES

King, M.L. ES

Maury ES

Randle Highlands ES

Seaton ES

Sharpe Health School

West EC

Sousa MS