More on "a new middle school" for Ward 3 DC
Francis-Stevens Educational Campus, DC. According to the Master Facilities plan, as a junior high school the school had a capacity of 520, as a Pre-K to 8th grade school it's 450, and the enrollment is about 230 students.
Shockingly, the Chancellor of the DC Public Schools system has sent a letter to Councilmember Cheh stating that any consideration of building a new middle school in Ward 3 has to be considered systematically, and that DCPS has hired a consultancy to do a capacity analysis. See "DCPS: Ward 3 request for new middle school to be considered ‘systematically’" from the Post. The entry includes a copy of the letter.
On the other hand, DCPS did do a capacity analysis of all the schools in the context of the school modernization and construction program, and unlike many documents, it's still online despite the "upgrade" to the DC Government website.
-- DC Public Schools Master Facilities Plan, 2010
(And while there are odes to the new high schools that have opened in the city, the new Woodson, plans for a new Anacostia High School, and a new Dunbar, I'd argue that at least one of these schools should have been closed, because there is a great deal of underutilization/under-enrollment in the high schools and the city has more high schools than it needs. So rather than spend $102 million on a new school, don't build one at all. Instead, consolidate. See "A hopeful moment as new H.D. Woodson High School opens its doors" from the Post.)
With elementary and junior high schools, I've argued that the way to do it is to focus on the centers of excellence that already exist (e.g., bilingual education at Oyster, Montessori programs at various locations, Capitol Hill Cluster schools) and expand outward. And create new such programs, e.g., such as International Baccalaureate programs, which DCPS has done. Or an arts cluster, something I recommended in 2003/2004 in the H Street neighborhood, to leverage the developing arts district there, etc.