Discovery Elementary School

discovery_smAddress: 5241 36th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: 703-228-2685

Principal: Erin Russo, erin.russo@apsva.us

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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Web Site: discovery.apsva.us

Discovery Elementary School, Arlington’s newest neighborhood school, opened in September 2015. The warm and inviting 97,600 square foot building exemplifies collaboration between a myriad of stakeholders including design and construction experts, educational leaders and community members. As one of the first Net Zero Energy schools on the East Coast, the green building is designed to support experiential learning and encourage students to become stewards of the environment. Design highlights include an interactive dashboard used to monitor the school’s energy production and consumption, adjustable photovoltaic panels in the solar laboratory, and observation decks near the butterfly, vegetable, and bio retention gardens.

Astronaut John Glenn lived in the neighborhood and ran orbital patterns with his children on the very site on which the school is being built. The name Discovery is not only a nod to Glenn, but evokes the spirit of learning.

At Discovery Elementary School, children are challenged and encouraged to reach their highest potential through researched-based instructional practices. A rigorous academic curriculum is complimented by a focus on social and emotional wellness.