Bailey's Elementary for the Arts and Sciences is a school serving Preschool to 2nd grade students and families. Bailey's has an amazing array of programs to meet students' needs of our young learners and help them thrive. We focus on developing student literacy skills, numeracy skills, social/emotional development, and the whole child to prepare them for a successful future. We also serve families and children ages Birth to 5 through an Early Literacy program and playgroup.
As one of the two elementary magnet schools in our district, we have both classroom teachers and specialized educators that focus on the sciences, the arts, and technology. In science, we have outdoor classroom programs, a dedicated STEM lab, and teachers that are constantly looking for ways to help students learn through scientific processes and resources. In arts, we have programs focused on music, visual arts, and creative movement. Since 1999 Bailey's has been in partnership with the Kennedy Center as part of the Changing Education Through the Arts Program (CETA). As a result of this partnership, our teachers seek innovative ways to integrate the arts throughout the curriculum. In addition, our programs are supported by the latest technologies including laptops, document cameras, interactive whiteboards, and iPads.
We also focus on helping many students be bilingual in Spanish and English through our Spanish Immersion Program, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, and Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program. In 2017, Bailey's was recognized by the Spanish Embassy as a School of the Year and our Creative Movement Teacher was awarded the Northern Virginia Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award. Our Spanish Immersion program helps English speakers gain a solid foundation in Spanish language and culture, beginning at kindergarten and first grade. Our ESOL program supports students in learning English within authentic learning contexts and all students attend a Spanish FLES class weekly. The combination of our unique programs and outstanding teachers and staff represent our commitment to each child. We support each student to continually grow and thrive in his or her ability to understand, express, inquire, connect, and hope.
Over 700 students make up our PreK - Grade 2 school community. Together, they represent over 40 countries of origin and over 30 different languages spoken at home. Individually, our students have talents that range across the arts, academics, physical skills, interpersonal skills, and others. Each of these talents is nurtured and valued. We partner with Bailey's Upper Elementary School to provide students with a PreK to Grade 5 continuum.
Our teachers and staff are an incredible group of high-achievers who are always learning and growing as educators and as humanitarians. In the classroom the teachers use a workshop model in all core subject areas to allow for strong whole group instruction, small group instruction, and individualized instruction to meet the needs of all students. Our goal is for all students to make a year or more growth with their learning each year. Bailey's has long been recognized as a place where theory and practice merge to provide exceptional learning for each student. It is our teachers - our lead learners - that make this happen.