Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
6111 Knollwood Dr, Falls Church, VA 22041
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Grades FECEP, K-5
Principal Marie Lemmon
FCPS Programs
Special Features
  • Science, music, technology, math, and communications laboratories
  • Performing arts theater
  • Emphasis on the arts in teaching all aspects of the curriculum
  • Reading Recovery
  • Literacy Collaborative
  • Distance Learning
  • Everyday Math
  • Heritage Language Literacy Club
  • After School Enrichment classes
  • Outdoor Habitat Learning Lab
  • Responsive Classroom
Business Partnership
  • The USDA Forest Service
  • Capital One
  • Capital Area Food Bank
Attendance Area This school is part of Cluster 3 and the Stuart HS pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.

School Summary


Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a truly unique, exceptional school community where our people, our purpose, and our programs make the difference.

Over 1,000 students representing more than 40 countries of origin and speaking nearly 20 languages at home make up our school community.  We are one of the most culturally diverse schools in the county. Our diversity extends well beyond culture, as students have talents that extend across areas including the arts, academics, physical skills, and interpersonal skills.  Each of these talents is nurtured and valued at Bailey’s.

Our teachers and staff are an exceptional group of high-achievers.  Our teachers are always learning and growing as educators and as humanitarians.  We have more county Teachers of the Year and National Board Certified Teachers than any other elementary school in the county. In recent years, eight teachers have published  books that reach a wide national audience.  Bailey's has long been recognized as a place where theory and practice merge to provide exceptional learning for each student.  Our renowned literacy, math, and arts specialists, among others, host many visitors each year.  It is our teachers -- our lead learners -- that make the difference for each of our students.

We believe our purpose is to help each student become highly proficient in his knowledge within and across academic areas; a responsible member of communities and groups; and self-aware and self-directed as an individual.  Towards this end, we support each student to continually grow and thrive in his or her ability to create, inquire, and connect. 

Bailey's Elementary has a wide array of programs to challenge students, meet their needs and help them thrive.  As the first elementary magnet school in our district, we have both classroom teachers and specialized educators that focus on the arts, the sciences, and technology.  These programs attract students to Bailey’s from all over the county. Within the walls of Bailey’s, you will find a Black Box theatre, a music composition lab, a science lab, and a communications lab where students produce their own videos. Our programs are supported by the latest technologies including laptops, desktops, SMART Boards and distance learning technology.

Bailey’s is one of only a few area schools involved in an innovative partnership with the Kennedy Center’s CETA (Changing Education Through the Arts) program. The mission of this program is to impact student learning, teachers’ instructional practice and school culture through whole-school efforts to teach through the arts (music, dance, drama and visual art).  Our science program is enhanced by a new partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, who provides funding to support many of our outdoor learning programs and affords our students and teachers the opportunity to work alongside practicing scientists.

We also focus on helping many students be bilingual in Spanish and English through our Spanish Immersion program and our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.  Our Spanish Immersion program helps students gain a solid foundation in Spanish language and culture.  Our ESOL program supports students develop English skills within authentic learning contexts. 

Last Updated: 2012-11-01