Bailey's Elementary for the Arts and Sciences has a long history as a magnet school for the arts and sciences. Our school has a wonderful reputation for nurturing creative thinking through arts integration (especially as a participating school of the Kennedy Center's CETA program) and for building critical thinking through hands-on science instruction in our Science Lab, outdoor courtyard, and gardens. Another special feature of the school is its Spanish Immersion program, in which many students receive math and science instruction in Spanish. Perhaps most importantly, Bailey's is known for its strong sense of community and for its warm and caring staff and administrators.
In 2013-14, Bailey’s served approximately 1,350 students, 67% of whom were of Hispanic origin. Approximately 70% of all students received free or reduced-price meals in 2013-14. As a Title I school, we serve many students who face personal and academic challenges due to circumstances of poverty. We reach out and work closely with families to strengthen the home-school relationship, while providing focused, differentiated instruction aimed at closing the achievement gap.
A great source of pride is the fact that our school lives up to its informal motto: "Bailey's...where learning is a joy." It is wonderful to walk through the halls and catch glimpses of happy students and teachers engaged in active learning.
The 2014-15 school year represents the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the school, as it marks the opening of a second Bailey's campus, Bailey's Upper Elementary for the Arts and Sciences. Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grades remain in the original building, while 3rd through 5th grades attend the new location 1.6 miles away on Leesburg Pike. Noteworthy is the fact that the new campus is housed in a five-story former office building, wonderfully retrofitted to operate as a modern school. It is said that ours is the only vertical elementary school in Virginia!
Last Updated: 2014-10-01