About John Adams

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  • John Adams Elementary School, originally built as a middle school in 1967, became an elementary school in 1980. The school is known for its many special academic programs, strong academic curriculum, and its dedicated teaching staff.

    John Adams Elementary School strives to create highly innovative and effective leaders who contribute to the local community and global society. Our mission is to create a community of high-achieving learners who reach academic and personal excellence by engaging in an arts-integrated learning environment that develops 21st-century skills.

    Awards and Honors

    • ACPS Teacher of the Year: Alexandra Bender, 2022
    • Move2Learn Grant: Brenda Tarquinio, 2018
    • Most Active in Spring Movement Challenge: John Adams Elementary School Staff, 2016
    • Anne Lipnick Inclusion for All Award: Lemore Fritz, 2016
    • Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award: Althea Huggins, 2016
    • Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award: Michael Suppa, 2016
    • Harry Burke Primary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Education: Kerri Buonamico, 2012
    • Anne Lipnick Inclusion for All Award: Wendy Neidermeyer, 2012
    • National History Teacher of the Year: Stacy Hoeflich, 2011
    • National Endowment for the Humanities: Grantees to study in Germany and Austria: Wes McCune, 2005, 2008; Stacy Hoeflich, 2007; Kate McGinn, 2009; Wendy Neidermeyer, 2009
    • The Washington Post Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching: Wes McCune, 2008
    • Who's Who Among Teachers: Gloria Cannon, 2000
    • Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education" Award: Wes McCune, 1997
    • Harry Burke Special Education Award: Cindy Wynne, 1997
    • EAA Whole Village Award: Wes McCune, 1996

    Special Events

    • Back to School Night
    • Black History Month Assembly
    • Career Day
    • CETA Festival for the Arts
    • Field Day
    • Hispanic Heritage Night
    • International Night
    • Kindergarten Open House & Parent Orientation
    • Popsicles on the Playground for Kindergarten Families
    • Reading is Fundamental
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • Science Fair
    • SOL Night
    • Sympatico
    • Winter/Spring Band & Orchestra Concerts

    Community Programs

    Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2021-22 (PDF)

    John Adams Data

    John Adams Elementary School is fully accredited and meets Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). To learn more, review the Virginia School Quality Profile on the Virginia Department of Education website or review recent test scores.

    School Education Plan 2021-22

    Student Body Demographics

    Enrollment: 688

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 10%
    • Black or African American: 25%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 20%
    • Hispanic: 41%
    • Multi-racial: 2%

    Special Programs

    • Eligible for free or reduced price meals: 67.6%
    • Students requiring English Learners (EL) services: 58%
    • Students receiving special education services: 9%

    School Faculty

    Number of Licensed Staff: 78
    With postgraduate degrees: 78%

Contact John Adams

  • John Adams Elementary School (K - 5)

    School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.John Adams building exterior
    Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    5651 Rayburn Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22311

    Main Office: 703-824-6970
    Parent Link: 703-379-0645
    Attendance Phone Line: 703-824-6705
    Fax: 703-379-4853

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