High Expectations for All Students

Our school colors, blue and gold, signify the importance of individual achievement and the Golden Rule. We show our school spirit on Fridays by wearing blue and gold colors or our school shirts. Our school’s ABC’s of SuccessAcademics, Behavior and Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) are embedded in the school’s established philosophy and program.

Arlington Traditional School’s commitment to excellence and allegiance to traditional values is reflected in our grading policy, dress standard, and behavior guidelines. Parents and teachers expect all students to strive to attain their very best in every facet of school life. This is reflected in our grading scale:

95 – 100 =A
86 – 94 = B
75 – 85 = C
70 – 74 = D
0 – 69 = E

Through high expectations and encouragement, all students are challenged to achieve their fullest potential in all curriculum areas.

Reading/ Language Arts

  • Summer reading challenge (children read 50 books; 25 pages = one book)
  • Fall reading carnival day
  • Literacy Lunch
  • Reading Workshop:
    • Phonics
    • Phonemic awareness
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary: Word study and Word Masters Challenges
    • Comprehension
  • Junior Great Books
  • Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
  • Writers’ Workshop:
    • Composition
    • Organization
    • Elaboration
    • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Annual Digital Literary magazine


  • Math Workshop
  • Use of investigations and problem solving
  • Calendar Math
  • Use of math manipulatives
  • Math applications: Dreambox and Reflex
  • STEM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Continental Math League Contests

Social Studies

  • Use of children’s literature
  • Field trips and class programs
  • National Geography Bee
  • History Alive! lesson integration
  • Performance Based Assessments


  • Emphasis on “hands-on” science
  • Student inquiry through the scientific method process
  • Outdoor Lab opportunities at Grade 3 (day trip) and 5 (overnight)
  • STEM Day
  • Science Fair projects required for all students in grades three through five

Leadership and Citizenship

  • Community service projects
  • Partnership with Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda, Africa
  • Student Council Association (SCA)
  • School Store
  • Safety Patrols (all 5th graders)
  • Yearbook

Technology and Information

  • iPad 1:1 Integration in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades
  • Canvas Learning Management System
  • 2 Mobile Dell PC carts
  • Interactive SMART panels in all classrooms
  • Technology integration through personalized learning opportunities
  • Research and information skills
  • Digital citizenship lessons