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City Schools Gear Up For New Year

August 15, 2002

Check the calendar. School is just around the corner and parents and students alike, are preparing for another academic year.

There are 13 elementary schools in the Alexandria City Public School system. School begins on Sept. 3<bt>get their children registered now.

THE SCHOOLS

John Adams Elementary is located at 5651 Rayburn Ave. Alexandria, VA 22311; 703-824-6970

* There are 609 students enrolled in this school.

* There are two administrators, 81 teachers, 67 percent of who have post-graduate degrees.

* Gail Smith is the principal.

* John Adams features programs for children who have been diagnosed as autistic, children who have learning disabilities and programs for mildly and moderately retarded students.

* Citywide transportation offered for Spanish-English dual language program.

* Renewal of the school opera The school is fully accredited.

* Students at John Adams attend Francis C. Hammond Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Charles Barrett Elementary is located at 1115 Martha Custis Dr. Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-824-6960

* There are 253 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 28 teachers, 54 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* Annetta Lawson is the principal.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Alexandria Tutoring Consortium program.

* Renovations: $200,000 including new classroom furniture, paint, carpet and tile, cabinetry.

* Students at Charles Barrett attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Cora Kelly School is located at 3600 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria, VA 22305; 703-706-4420

* There are 622 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 68 teachers, 71 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* Darin Reed is the new principal for 2002-03.

* Expansion of character education program.

* After-school technology enrichment program for students and parents.

* Renovations: $300,000 including new classroom furniture, paint, carpet, cabinetry, and white boards.

* Students at Cora Kelly attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Patrick Henry Elementary is located at 4643 Taney Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304; 703-461-4170

* There are 552 students enrolled in the school.

* There are 53 teachers, 72 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* The principal is Marcia Baldanza.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Special programs at the school include: Computerized integrated learning system, Pullout program for talented and gifted students in grades 2-3, Outdoor classroom that teams senior citizens with students in learning.

* Renovations: $1.5 million including HVAC replacement, electrical upgrade, new cabinetry and sinks, carpet, and lighting replacement. * Students at Patrick Henry attend Francis C. Hammond Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics is located at 1501 Cameron St. Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-706-4400

* There are 459 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 65 teachers, 77 percent of whom have postgraduate degrees.

* The new principal for 2002-03 is Glenda Washington.

* Special programs include: Expansion of literacy initiatives including young authors conference and accelerated reader program.

* Renovations: $375,000 including new carpet, paint, tile, playground and classroom furniture.

* Students at Jefferson-Houston attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy is located at 530 S. St. Asaph Street Alexandria, VA 22314; 703-706-4430

* There are 205 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 29 teachers, 72 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* The principal is Lucretia Jackson.

* New programs include: Computerized integrated learning system pilot.

* Students at Lyles-Crouch attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Maury Elementary is located at 600 Russell Road Alexandria, VA 22301; 703-706-4440

* There are 225 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 38 teachers, 53 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* Kristine Ruscello is the new principal for the 2002-03 school year.

* Special programs include: Positive approach program to discipline.

* Maury students attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

George Mason Elementary is located at 2601 Cameron Mills Road Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-706-4470

* There are 304 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 36 teachers, 64 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* The new principal for the 2002-03 school year is Nancy Sparks.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Programs include: Expansion of volunteer programs.

* Renovations: $70,000 for a HVAC replacement in gym.

* George Mason students attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Mt. Vernon Community is located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria, VA 22305; 703-706-4460

* There are 527 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 56 teachers, 56 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* The principal is Lilia Lopez.

* Special programs include: Expand science lab into a math/science lab, Spanish-English dual language program for K-2.

* Renovations: $410,000 for a new roof.

* Mt. Vernon students attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

James K. Polk Elementary is located at 5000 Polk Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304; 703-461-4180

* There are 528 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 49 teachers, 49 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* The principal is Michael Brown.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Special programs include: Kid Witness News program for grades 2-5, NASA program to integrate science across the K-5 curriculum, Channel 56 mentor program with television studio students.

* Polk students attend Francis C. Hammond Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Douglas MacArthur Elementary is located at 1101 Janneys Lane Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-461-4190

* There are 535 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 48 teachers, 50 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* The principal is Deborah Thompson.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Special programs include: Spotlight awards for excellent writers (K-5), International globe weather station data collection and analysis by fifth graders.

MacArthur students attend George Washington Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

William Ramsay Elementary is located at 5700 Sanger Ave. Alexandria, VA 22311; 703-824-6950

* There are 570 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 60 teachers, 63 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* Karl Smith is the principal.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Special programs include: Special emphasis on science and social studies.

* Ramsay students attend Francis C. Hammond Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.

Samuel W. Tucker Elementary is located at 435 Ferdinand Day Drive Alexandria, VA 22304; 703-933-6300

*There are 608 students enrolled at the school.

* There are 55 teachers, 67 percent with postgraduate degrees.

* Cathy David is the principal.

* The school is fully accredited.

* Special programs include: Model before-and after-school care program with The Campagna Center, Community outreach book swap program at Essex House.

* Tucker students attend Francis C. Hammond Middle School, the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center and T. C. Williams High School.