Cardinal Elementary School (formerly McKinley)

Address: 1644 N McKinley Rd, Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: 703-228-5280

Fax: 703-538-4982

Principal: Colin Brown,

School hours:
Full Day – 9 a.m. to 3:41 p.m.
Early Release – 9 a.m. to 1:26 p.m.

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Cardinal Elementary is a neighborhood school where staff, families and members of the community work collaboratively to provide a rich educational experience for its students. The school’s focused approach to instruction, which incorporates a variety of strategies supported by research, has produced highly successful learners. The staff strives to provide each student a nurturing yet challenging experience that stimulates intellectual curiosity, encourages critical and creative thinking, and culminates in academic achievement.

Cardinal students learn Spanish through the APS Foreign Language Elementary School Program. Other initiatives include the Children’s Theater, an extensive offering of after-school enrichment courses, a highly acclaimed science fair, and an exemplary project – Kaleidoscope – that focuses on integrating the arts throughout the curriculum.

Cardinal Elementary School remains committed to providing excellence in learning and preparing students to become tomorrow’s global citizens. At Cardinal all believe that “learning is an art.”