DCPS Comprehensive Staffing Model - Middle School
This Comprehensive Staffing Model shows how Middle Schools receive funding based on projected student enrollment and other key factors. The model ensures that every school has certain resources that are needed for the school to operate, and it also provides school leaders with the flexibility to staff their school in ways that support the school’s unique goals.
Every school receives 1 principal.
Schools receive this funding as a proportional allocation based on the ratio of 1 to 300.
6th-8th Grade Classroom Teacher
Schools receive funding for 1 full-time teacher for every 22 students.
Teacher – Middle Grade Investment
Every school that serves middle grade students receives funding for an additional 2–3 full-time teachers.
- Under 350 students, schools receive funding for 2 teachers
- 350 or more students, schools receive funding for 3 teachers
Principals decide where these teachers should serve (6th grade, core subject, or related arts).
Physical Education/ Health Teacher
World Language Teacher
Middle schools do not receive a specific allocation for related arts teachers. These
positions are included in the 6th – 8th grade teacher allocation. All middle schools are required to budget for sufficient staff so that all students can receive a full complement of related arts instruction.
English Learners (EL)
Schools receive 1 EL Teacher for every 22 EL students. Schools with less than 11 students receive an allocation for Itinerant EL Teacher services.
EL Instructional Aide
Schools receive 1 EL instructional aide for every 50 Level 1 EL students.
EL Bilingual Counselor
Schools receive 1 EL bilingual counselor for every 100 EL students.
Special Education Teachers – Inclusion/Resource
Allocation is based on the hours of specialized instruction on students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and the setting in which instruction is to be provided. Schools receive:
- 1 Special Education teacher for every 15 students with fewer than 11 hours per week inside of the general education setting;
- 1 Special Education teacher for every 12 students with 11 or more hours per week inside of the general education setting;
- 1 Special Education teacher for every 24 students with fewer than 11 hours per week outside of the general education setting;
- 1 Special Education teacher for every 12 students with 11 or more hours per week outside of the general education setting.
Special Education Teachers – Specialized Programs
Schools with full-time specialized programs are allocated 1 Special Education teacher per class.
Special Education Instructional Aides
- Schools with specialized full-time programs are allocated 1 Special Education Instructional Aide per class except for Communication & Education Support programs which are allocated 2 Special Education Instructional Aides per class.
- Schools in ADA-compliant buildings with a disproportionate number of students with physical disabilities and needs in Early Learning Support classrooms are allocated 1 additional Special Education Instructional Aide.
Behavior Technicians (BES Classroom)
Behavior & Education Support programs are allocated 1 Behavior Technician per class.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts
Schools with least 4 Communication & Education Support classrooms and/or a high percentage of students with ASD Level 1 and 2 in the overall student population are allocated 1 Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Schoolwide Instructional Support
Every school receives 1 instructional coach.
- Schools with fewer than 300 students receive a 0.5 part-time school librarian.
- Schools with 300 or more students receive 1 full-time school librarian.
Social Emotional Positons
Allocations are based on a formula that incorporates multiple variables to estimate
the number of providers needed to effectively provide services at each school. The formula considers:
- Assessments (functional behavior, social history, and psychological) completed during the past school year;
- Students with Response to Intervention (RTI) Plans;
- Manifestation Determination meetings held during the past school year;
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings held during the past school year;
- Prescribed Behavior Support Service (BSS) hours in IEPs and 504 Plans;
- Other discipline specific factors.
Schools receive 1 full-time school counselor for every 400 students or 1 full-time school counselor, whichever is greater. Schools above 400 students receive a proportional allocation to projected enrollment.
Middle Grade Enrichment
Schools receive $100,000 in Social-Emotional Funding. Schools must budget funds on staff or programming for social-emotional support. Common positions are assistant principal of intervention, dean of students, social worker, in-school suspension coordinator, coordinator – student resource, behavior technician or attendance counselor.
Custodial and Administrative Guidance
and Custodial Staff
- 1 Foreman
- 1 RW-5
- Base of 1 RW-3
- Additional RW-3s based on enrollment:
- 1 additional to the base if over 300
- 2 additional to the base if over 500
- 3 additional to the base if over 1000
- Additional RW-3s based on building size:
- 1 additional to the base at 100,000 square feet and 1 additional for every 50,000 square feet on top of that (2 additional to the base at 150,000 square feet etc.)
- Schools with fewer than 300 students receive funding for a 0.5 part-time business manager.
- Schools with 300 or more students receive funding for 1 full-time business manager.
Every school receives funding for 1 administration aide.
Schools receive funding for 1 clerk for every 400 students. Schools with enrollment greater than 400 students receive a clerk allocation proportional to projected enrollment.
Additional Programming – Not At All Schools
Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) Coordinator
Schools participating in the SEM program receive 1 full-time SEM coordinator.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Candidate schools and schools continuing their authorized IB program receive 1 full-time IB coordinator.
Assistant Principal for Interventions (API)
Participating schools receive funding for 1 full-time API.
Title I schools part of the DCPS afterschool program receive an allocation of administrative premium that is funded by both the 21st Century grant and local funding. The total allocation is based on the number of staff needed to support the number of students at each site.
Allocated afterschool roles include:
- Afterschool teacher
- Afterschool paraprofessional
- Afterschool site leader
Global Studies Coordinator
Schools that are part of the global studies program receive an allocation of 1 global studies coordinator.