Jefferson-Houston School

Jefferson-Houston School

Grades PreK - 8
Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Monday and Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday

1501 Cameron Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-706-4400
Fax: 703-836-7923
Map + Directions

Principal: Rosalyn Rice-Harris
Assistant Principal: Helena Payne Chauvenet

Web Page:
www.acps.k12.va.us/houston/

Introduction

Jefferson-Houston School is Alexandria's first preK-to-8th grade school. It is located on the west side of Alexandria's Old Town, near the King Street Metro Station. The school was built in 1970 in the "open classroom" design format. The school is dedicated to two prominent Americans: Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and Charles Hamilton Houston, lawyer and humanitarian, who was a pioneer in the movement to integrate the District of Columbia Public Schools. The school mascot is the jaguar, one of the big cat species, known for its curiosity, intelligence and strength. A brand new, state-of-the-art school will be built by 2015 (learn more).

Mission Statement

Jefferson-Houston is a transparent environment where students and teachers work together to create a learning environment of high expectations, achievement, and effective effort as emphasized through deliberate and rigorous instruction that encompasses the entire global community.

Academic Curriculum

Our mission is to provide a superior instructional program. At Jefferson-Houston School, students develop a sense of understanding and appreciation for a wide range of topics in balance with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). The academic program includes reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and family life. The school also offers:

  • A best-practice, reading and literacy program
  • Vocal and instrumental music instruction with a certified music teacher once a week
  • Two physical education classes a week with a certified P.E. teacher
  • Talented and gifted program (TAG)
  • Instruction in family life education at levels appropriate to age
  • English Language Learner (ELL) classes
  • Special education programs

Technology

Our school has the latest technologies in the classroom, including internet-ready computers and SMART Boards. In 2011, the school revamped its computer lab to meet the needs of the upper classes. All teachers have Internet access, e-mail and voice mail.

School Faculty

Number of Licensed Staff: 58
With post-graduate degrees: 86%

Demographics

Enrollment (as of 9/2013): 356 students

  • African American: 67%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian: 1%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • White: 10%
  • Unspecified: 2%

Before- and After-school Programs

Jefferson-Houston offers three after-school programs that enrich and enhance creativity among students: Tae Kwon Do for girls and boys, Chess Club, Girl Scouts and STEP dance team. We provide academic remediation as needed and a tutoring program is under development.

School Leadership and Support Teams

The school leadership team includes the principal, assistant principal, administrative officer, IB/SPED coordinator and school improvement coach. A central office senior staff member serves as school CEO and liaison for new school construction matters. The school support team includes a psychologist, social worker, nurse and guidance counselor who provide an array of testing, counseling and other support services to students and families.

Meal Program

Alexandria students may receive free or reduced priced meals if their family income meets eligibility requirements. For more information on our meal programs, visit the School Nutrition Services section of our website.

Community Programs

  • Campagna Center - AM/PM Extended Day Care

Business and Community Partners

  • Jefferson-Houston Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • The University of Phoenix

Volunteers

We encourage parents and community volunteers to become involve at the school. Volunteers are needed as tutors, chaperones for field trips or childcare at school meetings. Please contact our office if you wish to serve.


Jefferson-Houston School is accredited with warning. It did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and is in year six of school improvement. To learn more, review the Virginia School Report Card (PDF) on the Virginia Department of Education website or review recent Test Scores.