Most US Presidents Don’t Send Their Children to DC Public Schools

Sasha and Malia Obama joined the ranks of other “first kids” who attended Sidwell Friends School. Photo Credit: Thomson Reuters

Abby Jackson of Business Insider reports that President-elect Trump and wife Melania have decided to keep their son Barron enrolled in Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, in Upper West Side Manhattan. This prep school costs parents up to $47,000 per year. Their decision leaves the number of Presidents to ever enroll their children in DC public schools at one.

No sitting President has enrolled their child in DCPS in the last century, with the exception of President Jimmy Carter who enrolled his youngest daughter Amy Carter in Stevens Elementary School and later Rose Hardy Middle School. 

President Obama, Clinton and Nixon’s daughters attended $40,000 a year Sidwell Friends school. 

When asked on NBC’s “Today” show if Sasha and Malia would get the same kind of education at a DC public school, President Obama responded, “I’ll be blunt with you: The answer is no, right now,” The Washington Post reported in 2010. DCPS “are struggling,” he concluded.

There are currently 48,000 DCPS students, 82% of which are black or Hispanic. While the graduation rate for the class of 2016, rose with 69% of seniors graduating within four years, that figure still lags behind the national average, which was 83% for the 2014-15 school year.

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