Arlington Traditional School

ATSAddress: 855 N Edison St, Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: 703-228-6290

Fax: 703-522-1482

Principal: Holly Hawthorne,

School hours:
Full Day – 8:25 a.m. to 3:06 p.m.
Early Release: 8:25 a.m. to 12:51 p.m.

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Arlington Traditional School (ATS) has been a unique countywide elementary school since 1978 and serves preschool through grade five students from all of Arlington’s neighborhoods. Families follow specific application procedures and students are selected by lottery to be admitted into the school. Free bus transportation is provided for students who qualify for it. A member of the ATS community understands that a shared commitment to learning and good character in a structured, engaging environment with traditions leads to successful students and citizens. ATS is noted for the high academic performance and good character of its students. It is also noted for its consistent adherence to a traditional philosophy of education that includes:

  • Teacher-guided instruction in self-contained classrooms
  • Emphasis on basic education in the core academic areas
  • Regular homework assigned at all grade levels
  • Weekly written summary of student progress
  • Promotion based on grade level mastery
  • Behavior, dress, and grooming standards
  • Weekly assembly

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. The ABC’s of Success – Academics, Behavior and Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship) – are embedded in our philosophy and program. We hold high expectations and encourage all students to achieve their full potential as students and good citizens. Our program and students are supported by a strong and collaborative partnership with parents and our community. Together we celebrate our children’s academic achievement and accomplishments in the arts and sciences. We believe all students must learn to read, so they can read to learn!
Our students are the school’s biggest fans. Says one, “My school is great because the teachers make learning fun! It’s a great place to be!”