Welcome Message from the Principal

Dear ATS Parents and Guardians,

It is with pleasure and enthusiasm that the staff and I welcome you and your child to Arlington Traditional School (ATS)! As part of Arlington Public Schools, our goal is to provide students a structured environment where every child is engaged in learning in a responsible and productive way so that each student will be challenged to reach his/her potential, be a life-long learner, and contribute as a caring member of our diverse, changing world.

The ATS community, encompassing students, faculty, and family envisions a learning environment that focuses on the development of the child into a well-rounded individual. This is to be accomplished through an integration of modern facilities, adequate resources, and a dedication to excellence in education. The school colors, blue and gold, signify the importance of individual achievement and the Golden Rule. At Arlington Traditional School, students are engaged in learning in self-contained classrooms. There is a feeling of harmony and a sense of excitement that encourages optimum academic achievement. Class size and staffing allow students to grow as individuals as well as group members. The safe and inviting environment fosters the development of the total child. The latest technology is used throughout the school. Family, faculty, and community work in partnership to support the total development of each child. There is frequent and regular communication between school and home. Each student leaves Arlington Traditional School with the skills and attitudes of a life-long learner as a contributing caring member of our diverse, changing world.

As an educator for more than 40 years, I understand the importance of focusing on the social-emotional well-being of all students, in addition to academic excellence. That is why we are a Responsive Classroom school and focus on the ABCs of Success – Academics, Behavior, and Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship). I am dedicated to ensuring your family feels at home at ATS, and I am here to support you in any way that I can.

We are thrilled to begin another award-winning year and are here to answer any questions you may have.

Holly Hawthorne