DCPS is rolling out an idea to separate out first time ninth graders from repeater students who continue to fail the 9th grade and are back for another go. The idea is to preserve the idealism of young students entering high school and not expose 13-14 year olds to the possible negative influences from older repeat 9th grade students who may be 15 or 16 years old. Critics say this stigmatizes the repeaters. Dunbar has had great success with this idea. According to The Washington Post first time 9th graders who had been sequestered from upper classman or returning failing 9th graders jumped from 47% in 2011 to 71 % in 2012.