Lyles-Crouch Traditional School

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  • Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (LCTA) is a K-5 public school located in Old Town Alexandria. Our diverse and dynamic student body is comprised of students from southeast Old Town and many other neighborhoods throughout Alexandria.

    LCTA's educational philosophy and curriculum are unique within the Alexandria City Public School system. Our school is certified as a Core Knowledge School, and is one of only eight Core Knowledge Schools who have attained the highest level of academic rigor and assessment to be deemed a Core Knowledge School of Distinction.

    The Core Knowledge teaching model builds upon core learning concepts (reading and math) through an integrated and creative learning approach. Students study the arts, science and social studies thematically and learn specific knowledge in each subject area that increases in complexity year by year. Our multi-cultural curriculum incorporates both world and American history, and then further reinforces learning and understanding through corresponding art and music instruction. Some of the Core Knowledge Sequence topics include Native American Cultures (kindergarten), Early Civilizations - Mayan, Incan, Aztec (second grade) and The Middle Ages - Europe, China and Africa (fourth grade). A detailed grade-by-grade Core Knowledge Sequence brochure is available in the front office.

    Parents and community volunteers play a key role in the education of the children at LCTA. Volunteers tutor students, arrange special events, chaperone field trips, and lend their expertise to class projects. Currently, our parent volunteers manage more the 25 individual educational and enrichment programs throughout the year.

    In support of educating the whole child, LCTA prides itself on providing different opportunities for all students. LCTA has earned gold status for seven years for the Governor's Award for Best Practices in Nutrition and Physical Fitness. It is also recognized as a "green school" by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the "Virginia Naturally" Program. The school is a two-time winner of Virginia's State School of Character and is a 2012-2014 National School of Character, as designated by the Character Education Partnership.

    Lyles-Crouch is a unique and vibrant community of teachers, students and parents. Our mission is to foster a love of learning and to provide each of our students with the skills necessary to successfully meet the challenges of a changing society.

    School Climate

    At LCTA we believe that it is our responsibility to create a safe, welcoming school where students and staff are eager to come to school each day. To that end, we are a “traditional” school, and students follow a specific dress code. Uniforms help to create a positive, egalitarian atmosphere where the focus is on learning and not social hierarchy. The PTA maintains a free “uniform locker” which supports all LCTA families in making sure their students are dressed for success, and this resource helps our school nurse, social worker, and staff level the playing field by providing uniform pieces whenever there is a need, no questions asked.

    LCTA uses a hybrid combination of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) and the 11 “Principles of Character” from Character Education (, incorporated within the acronym ROARS (Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility, and Safety). We have been recognized as a National School of Character. The foundation of our program begins with the explicit teaching of behavioral expectations (ROARS); taking the time to teach and to use common language as teachers, school staff, students, parents, and community members. Color-coded signs are posted in every classroom and throughout the building that use this specific language so that students see and hear it no matter where they are. Additionally, in September we have a community involvement evening called our “Nuts and Bolts” where these expectations and this language are shared with LCTA families. Taking the time at the beginning of each school year lays the foundation for a positive, healthy school community where there are no “gotchas” other than the ones where we recognize students on the morning announcements for making positive choices. As we move through the year, students do receive these individual shout-outs, and classes receive recognition as well. Classes who earn all five letters of ROARS in a quarter receive dress-down days, extra recess, and even a dance party with a professional DJ!; these structures help motivate students to reflect on our ROARS behavioral expectations. The ROARS program promotes a positive and safe atmosphere for academic and social learning.

    Administrative leadership works hard to protect teacher planning and instructional time and to communicate healthy respect for the professionalism of the staff. Too, monthly staff meetings include a staff “Shout Out” item on the agenda, and teachers receive certificates and even small trophies based on acknowledgments submitted to administration by peers.

    School Education Plan

    2018-19 School Education Plan (PDF)

    Special Events

    • American Education Week
    • Annual Animal Benefit Concert
    • Anti-Bullying Program
    • Back to School Night
    • Core Knowledge Curriculum Celebration
    • Educational Assemblies Each Month
    • Family Fun Nights
    • Heart Healthy Event
    • Kindergarten Open House
    • Parent Academy (Language Arts and Math)
    • PTA Book Fair
    • Veterans Day Program
    • Winter Holiday Program

    Lyles-Crouch in the News

    Lyles-Crouch Data

    Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy is fully accredited and meets Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). To learn more, review the Virginia School Report Card on the Virginia Department of Education Web site or review recent test scores.

    Student Body Demographics

    Enrollment: 391

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 3%
    • Black or African American: 24%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
    • White: 56%
    • Hispanic: 12%
    • Multi-racial: 6%

    Special Programs

    • Eligible for free or reduced price meals: 20.3%
    • Students requiring English Learners (EL) services: 8%
    • Students receiving special education services: 7%

    School Faculty

    Number of Licensed Staff: 45
    With post-graduate degrees: 84%

Contact Lyles-Crouch

  • Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (K-5)

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

    530 South Saint Asaph Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Main Office: 703-706-4430
    Fax: 703-684-0252
    Voicemail: 703-706-4416

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