A map of the proposed revisions to the citys high school boundariess high school boundaries

The city is out with its revised proposal for overhauling the school assignment policies and boundaries. Some parents—-those in boundary for Wilson High School, for instance—-are likely relieved to have been spared the more radical propositions suggested in an earlier round of proposals. Others will still be concerned about the changes, which shift some students to different, and sometimes lower-performing, schools.

Let’s drill down the changes on the high school level, looking at each of the city’s nine neighborhood public high schools.

Anacostia High School

Current enrollment: 751 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 2,475 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 3,575 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 20 percent

Anacostia doesn’t experience a major change, instead getting a small expansion to its borders. It would absorb Barry Farm, which to Anacostia parents might be a mixed bag: The neighborhood currently consists of a troubled public-housing complex, but is slated for renovation into a mixed-income community. It would also see its northern boundary stretch all the way to East Capitol Street. These changes mean nearly 1,000 additional in-boundary students. The question, at a school that only 20 percent of in-boundary students currently attend, is how many of those students would actually come to Anacostia.

Ballou High School

Current enrollment: 678 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 2,475 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 2,551 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 21 percent

Ballou experiences the smallest boundary shift of any of the neighborhood high schools. The tinkering around the edges would boost the school’s potential enrollment pool by fewer than 100 students.

Cardozo High School

Current enrollment: 681 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 1,810 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 1,284 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 16 percent

Cardozo would undergo one of the biggest shifts of any school, losing about half its current territory—-northern Columbia Heights, southern Petworth, northern Bloomingdale, and parts of Edgewood and Brookland—-and gaining a large swath of Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, downtown, Shaw, Foggy Bottom, and the West End. That’s actually a substantial cut in the number of in-boundary potential students. But with wealthier areas being incorporated, it could mean a rise in the school’s fortunes, and possibly a higher in-boundary enrollment rate than the current 16 percen—-if those parents don’t balk and send their kids to charters or elsewhere.

Coolidge High School

Current enrollment: 433 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 1,070 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 1,143 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 18 percent

Coolidge might appear to lose its wealthiest areas, around Shepherd Park, but that’s really just an illusion: Even if these neighborhoods were technically in the Coolidge boundary, they were eligible to go to Deal Middle School and then feed into Wilson High School. Now they officially move to Wilson. Otherwise, the Coolidge boundary remains largely the same.

Dunbar High School

Current enrollment: 628 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 1,390 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 2,169 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 20 percent`

Dunbar, like Cardozo, sees a radical shift in its boundaries here. Currently near the center of its attendance zone, Dunbar would move to the far west side as it absorbs territory to the north and east. Gone are the area around Mount Vernon Square and portions of Capitol Hill; added are the NoMa neighborhood and a wide swath of the Brookland, Edgewood, and Fort Lincoln area. Dunbar essentially ceases to be a center-city school and becomes the school for most of Ward 5. In the process, it gains nearly 800 in-boundary potential students.

Eastern High School

Current enrollment: 783 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 1,738 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 1,606 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 17 percent

Like Dunbar, Eastern essentially becomes a ward school, only for Ward 6. It loses all its territory east of the Anacostia River, deepening the divide between the two sides of the river that has historically marked the border between poor and rich (or at least less poor). For Capitol Hill parents, this could be a major opportunity to turn Eastern into a more popular option for the middle-class community; for residents of the current eastern reaches of the school’s boundary, it means missing out on that possibility.

HD Woodson High School

Current enrollment: 762 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 835 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 1,789 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 35 recent

Woodson becomes the school for the entire Northeast section of the area east of the Anacostia River. In the process, it more than doubles the number of potential students within its boundary.

Roosevelt High School

Current enrollment: 438 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 1,998 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 1,974 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14): 14 percent

Roosevelt, currently at the western edge of its boundary territory, moves to the center as it becomes the school for Petworth, Crestwood, Park View, and parts of Columbia Heights. Crestwood parents won’t be happy about losing the right to attend Wilson, but it’s Roosevelt’s gain. With new borders around a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, long-suffering Roosevelt could finally start to see a wealthier student body, which often correlates to greater success. But that’s only if the students in its boundary start attending Roosevelt at higher than the current dismal 14 percent rate.

Wilson High School

Current enrollment: 1,696 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the current boundary (SY 13-14): 1,567 Number of grade-appropriate public school students living within the proposed boundary (SY 13-14): 1,114 Boundary participation (% public school students living in boundary and attending) (SY 13-14):56 percent

Wilson is wildly overcrowded, because it’s in such high demand. A major driver of the boundary changes is the need to depopulate Wilson a bit. The school loses Crestwood, areas around Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, and the Southwest quadrant. Technically, it gains Shepherd Park, but people there were already attending Wilson anyway through the feeder system. The number of potential students within the boundary drops by more than 500—-which likely means around 500 angry parents who will try to do something about this before it’s finalized.

Maps via the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education