John Adams Elementary School

About John Adams Elementary School

John Adams Elementary School, originally built as a middle school in 1967, became an elementary school in 1980. The school is known for its many special academic programs, strong academic curriculum, and its dedicated teaching staff.

John Adams Elementary School strives to create highly innovative and effective leaders who contribute to the local community and a global society. Our mission is to create a community of high achieving learners who reach academic and personal excellence by engaging in an arts-integrated learning environment that develops 21st century skills.

Awards and Honors

  • Most Active in Spring Movement Challenge:  John Adams Elementary School Staff, 2016

  • Anne Lipnick Inclusion for All Award: Lemore Fritz, 2016

  • Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award:  Althea Huggins, 2016

  • Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award:  Michael Suppa, 2016

  • Harry Burke Primary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Education: Kerri Buonamico, 2012

  • Anne Lipnick Inclusion for All Award: Wendy Neidermeyer, 2012

  • National History Teacher of the Year: Stacy Hoeflich, 2011

  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Grantees to study in Germany and Austria: Wes McCune, 2005, 2008; Stacy Hoeflich, 2007; Kate McGinn, 2009; Wendy Neidermeyer, 2009

  • The Washington Post Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching: Wes McCune, 2008

  • Who's Who Among Teachers: Gloria Cannon, 2000

  • Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education" Award: Wes McCune, 1997

  • Harry Burke Special Education Award: Cindy Wynne, 1997

  • EAA Whole Village Award: Wes McCune, 1996

Special Events

  • Back to School Night

  • Black History Month Assembly

  • CETA Festival for the Arts

  • Hispanic Heritage Night

  • International Night

  • Kindergarten Open House & Parent Orientation

  • Opera

  • Popsicles on the Playground for Kindergarten Families

  • Primary Initiative Parent Workshops

  • Reading is Fundamental

  • Scholastic Book Fair

  • SOL Night

  • Sympatico

  • Winter/Spring Band & Orchestra Concerts

John Adams Data

John Adams Elementary School is fully accredited and meets Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). To learn more, review the Virginia School Report Card on the Virginia Department of Education Web site or review recent test scores.

School Education Plan


Enrollment (as of 9/29/2018): 725 students

  • African American: 26%

  • Asian: 11%

  • Hispanic: 41%

  • White: 19%

  • Multi-racial: 2%

  • Unspecified: %

School Faculty


Number of Licensed Staff: 102

With postgraduate degrees: 80%

Contact John Adams

​John Adams Elementary School (K - 5)


School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

5651 Rayburn Avenue 
Alexandria, VA 22311 

Main Office: 703-824-6970 
Parent Link: 703-379-0645
Fax: 703-379-4853 


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