A Traditional Model of Excellence

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A Traditional Model of Excellence

Arlington Traditional School is an unique school in Arlington County. The primary emphasis is on a traditional education with a strong academic program based upon high expectations for every student. There is a safe, caring climate of respect and cooperation. Every child, family, and staff member has made an active choice to be at this school and embraces the idea of a traditional education.

Since 1978, Arlington Traditional School has consistently followed a traditional philosophy which includes the following:

  • Teacher-guided instruction in self-contained classrooms
  • Emphasis on basic education in the academic areas and cross curricular connections
  • Regular homework assigned at all grade levels
  • Weekly written summaries of each student’s progress
  • Promotion based on grade level mastery
  • Behavior, dress, and grooming standards
  • Weekly assemblies
  • All 5th grade students are safety patrols
  • Emphasis on the Arts
    • Class plays
    • Chorus participation for all 4th and 5th grade students
    • Instrumental music lessons for all 4th and 5th grade students and participation in band or orchestra
    • Recorder lessons and performance for all 3rd grade students
    • Arts Recital performed by 4th and 5th grade students

Our traditional model of excellence focuses on the ABC’s of Success Academics, Behavior, and Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship). All who walk through our doors are asked to bring a BIG smile and a GOOD attitude.