Tubman Elementary School

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Harriet Tubman Elementary School
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Tubman Elementary School
3101 13th Street Northwest[1]
Washington, DC 20010
United States
Coordinates 38°55′44″N 77°1′46″W / 38.92889°N 77.02944°W / 38.92889; -77.02944
School type Public school Elementary
Established 1970
School district District of Columbia Public Schools Ward 1
Principal Amanda Delebar
Faculty 52.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades PS to 5[3]
Enrollment 462 (as of 2009-10)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 8.88[2]
Campus size 3.7 acres (1.5 ha)
Campus type Urban

Tubman Elementary School is a public elementary school, named after Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the U.S. Civil War. It is located in Washington, DC and is under the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia Public Schools. It was built in 1970, shortly after the 1968 Washington, D.C. riots which ravaged its neighborhood of Columbia Heights. Over five hundred students are currently enrolled from pre-school to fifth grade.[3]

The school has regular graffiti cleaning,[4] students have received free dental care,[5] and D.C. Discovery Days give them field trips out of the neighborhood.[6] Nevertheless, a student from Tubman joined others in voicing concern over safety in the public school district.[7] 85% of the student body qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.[5]

Former principal Sadia M. White won a National Distinguished Principals award in 2004 for her work at Tubman. According to National Association of Elementary School Principals, under White, Tubman Elementary met all its goals for standardized test scores and White supervised the launch of an inclusion-teaching model featuring team-teaching by general education, special education teachers, and teachers of new English-language learners. The association also commended her institution of a comprehensive school-wide positive-approach discipline program that included a due process system for punishment referrals and intervention strategies for classroom teachers for preventing problems.[8][9][10][11]

On November 27, 2001, First Lady Laura Bush hosted Tubman Elementary students at the White House for a screening of the film, Twice Upon a Christmas.[12]

In 2005, Cory Chimka, fourth grade teacher at Harriet Tubman, was named National Kind Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Humane & Environmental Education.


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Tubman Elementary School.
  2. ^ a b c National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 6, 2011.
  3. ^ a b DCPS entry for Tubman Elementary School. Accessed December 6, 2011
  4. ^ Weiss, Eric M. (2005-06-23). "Fighting a Determined Battle Against Graffiti". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ a b Levine, Susan (2007-02-08). "Today, Class, A Lesson in Tooth Repair; Elementary Students Get Free Dental Care". Washington Post. 
  6. ^ Yodaiken, Ruth (1993-08-05). "A Holiday From the Violence; City-Run Field Trips Give, Children a Needed Break". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Stewart, Nikita (2007-10-14). "Youths Air Grievances at City Hall Forum". Washington Post. p. C12. 
  8. ^ Brown, Misty (2004-12-01). "Tubman Elementary School Principal Receives National Recognition". Washington Informer. 
  9. ^ Hofius, Sarah (2004-10-25). "Principles distinguish these school principals". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Names in the News". The Washington Post. 2004-07-29. 
  11. ^ "2004 National Distinguished Principals". National Association of Elementary School Principals. 
  12. ^ "The White House Screens PAX TV's `Twice Upon a Christmas'". Business Wire. 2001-11-28. 

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