Research Outline

Overview: COVID-19 Policies at Private Schools in Washington, D.C.


Create a spreadsheet to compare COVID-19 policies in private schools in the Washington, D.C. area (including school name, size by grade, student:teacher ratio, COVID-19 testing protocols, what remote or in-learning policies have been implemented by grade, and any relevant authorities utilized in policy development) to help inform the policies of Lowell School.

Early Findings

Background: Private Schools in Washington, D.C.

  • According to, there are 106 notable private schools (34 high schools, 69 elementary schools, and 68 preschools) in Washington, D.C.
  • The average student:teacher ratio at the private schools in Washington, D.C. is 9:1.
  • Individual schools have widely announced at least some details pertaining to their reopening strategies for the school year in light of COVID-19. Among those with a public strategy is Edmund Burke School.

Edmund Burke School

Summary of Early Findings in Relation to Goals

The first hour of research involved outlining the project to determine if the requested information is available. A suitable list of private schools in Washington D.C. was located and utilized as the source for identifying relevant schools.

Some schools are in the process of determining how they will be reopening and not all requested information is available for each school. We can continue with research to collect all available relevant data, which will be entered into this spreadsheet.

Based on Lowell School's status as a Pre-K through 8 school, we recommend the following next steps as options for collecting either a range of data for all private schools in D.C. or focusing on peer schools that are in the Pre-K through 8 range: