William Ramsay Elementary School
Grades PreK - 5
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
5700 Sanger Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
Voice Mail: 703-671-7394
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William Ramsay Elementary School was built in 1957, with additions in 1963, 1977, 1990 and 2001. In addition to grades PreK-5, this facility also serves the community with a newly built modern community recreation center. William Ramsay takes great pride in the dedication and commitment of its staff, the diversity of its student population, the assistance provided by our business partners and the support of parents and other members of our community.
William Ramsay's academic program includes reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The school also offers:
- after school tutorial classes for students who need extra help
- art instruction with a certified art teacher once a week
- vocal music instruction with a certified music teacher once a week
- instrumental music lessons beginning in fourth grade
- physical education classes by a certified P.E. teacher twice a week
- strong program for talented and gifted children who perform above their grade level academically or who have special ability in art and/or music
- family life instruction at age-appropriate levels
- English as a Second Language classes
- Special Education Programs
All classrooms have access to class sets of net book computer mobile carts in addition to 2-3 stationary desktop computers. The majority of classrooms have document cameras, LCD projectors, and Smart Boards for use in instruction. Students also have online access to the Accelerated Reader, First In Math, Everyday Mathematics Online, Study Island, Kid Biz, SOL Pass, and Brain Pop Web-based programs. Students have access to word processing software, PowerPoint, Digital Storytelling software, movie making software, Excel, HyperStudio, Timeliner, and many other software tools to increase their technological skills and enhance instruction. Through our school-wide LAN, staff members can share resources, communicate via e-mail and access the library's catalog system. The LAN also allows students and staff continuous access to the Internet.
Number of Licensed Staff: 62
With post-graduate degrees: 74%
Enrollment (as of 9/2012): 826 students
- African American: 30%
- Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian: 7%
- Hispanic: 53%
- White: 9%
- Unspecified: 1%
Before- and After-school Programs
- After-school Recreation Program
- After-school Tutoring
- Extended Day Care
- SES Tutoring
- After-school Enrichment Clubs
Other Student Programs
- ISAT (Intervention, Support, Accommodations Team)
- Safety Patrols
- Student Advocacy Program
- Student Council Association
School Support Team
At William Ramsay, a team of principal, assistant principal, psychologist, social worker, nurse and guidance counselor work together to help students and their families. They provide an array of testing, counseling and other support services.
William Ramsay Elementary School will be continuing to have the Universal Breakfast Program at our school in the 2011-2012 school year. We are excited because studies show only 47 of every 100 eligible children eat federally-funded free or reduced price school breakfasts, and studies further show that Universal School Breakfast Programs dramatically increase student participation in school breakfast. Also, regardless of income, we know families today live busy lives, with long commutes and long and nontraditional work hours that often make it difficult to sit down long enough in the morning to eat a nutritious breakfast. Breakfast is served to all children at no cost each day in the classroom. Please note that if a student transfers out of William Ramsay Elementary, that benefit will not extend to other schools if the child's family does not qualify for free/reduced meals. Also, lunch is not part of the Universal Breakfast Program and is only free to those who qualify for free and reduced benefits. For more information on our meal programs, visit the School Nutrition Services section of our website.
- Campagna Center Extended Day Care Program
- Nature Center Program
- PTA Reflections Programs
- Recreation Center
Parent and community volunteers play a key role in the education of children at William Ramsay. Volunteers tutor students, arrange special events and chaperone field trips. The PTA provides financial support and person-power to William Ramsay.
Business and Community Partners
- Mark Winkler Management
- The Links, Inc.
- Awards Assemblies
- Back to School Nights
- Book Fairs
- Curriculum Nights
- International Night
- Parent-Student Thanksgiving Luncheon
- Talent Show
- PTA Funded Events