Jefferson-Houston School

Jefferson-Houston School

Grades PreK - 8
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
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Principal: Christopher L. Phillips, Ed.D.

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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. A new, state-of-the-art school facility opened in September 2014.

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.

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.


Enrollment (as of 9/2015): 526 students

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

School Faculty

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

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:

  • International Baccalaureate® (IB)
  • A best-practice, reading and literacy program
  • Vocal and instrumental music instruction with a certified music teacher once a week
  • 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


Our school has the latest technologies in the classroom, including SMART Boards and internet-ready laptop and iPad carts. Students in grades fourth through eighth have one-to-one Chromebooks. First and third grade are part of the ACPS Dash and Dot Robot STEM initiative and are being taught how to program the robots using Wonder Workshop Apps. All teachers have Internet access, e-mail, and voice mail.

Before- and After-school Programs

Jefferson-Houston School and PTA offer after-school programs that enrich and enhance creativity among students: Yoga, Movement and Dance Workshop, Move and Groove, Art Club, Beginning Acting, Jaguar Robotics, Beginner Chess, Advanced Chess, Fun with Food (GWU partnership), and 4-H's Wet, Wild, and Wonderful Club. We provide academic remediation as needed and tutoring after school as well, including the Book Buddies program.

School Leadership and Support Teams

The school leadership team includes the principal, academic principal, assistant principal, administrative assistant, registrar, and IB coordinator. The school support team includes the school improvement coach, school psychologist, school social worker, guidance counselor, nurse, and parent liaison; all of whom 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 - PM Extended Day Care

Business and Community Partners

  • Jefferson-Houston Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • ThinkFun, Inc.
  • The University of Phoenix


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 parent liaison, Ms. Barrios-Vasquez, if you wish to serve.

Jefferson-Houston School is not accredited. It did not meet Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) 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.