Columbia Elementary School
6720 Alpine Dr, Annandale, VA 22003
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Michael Astudillo
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School Summary

Columbia is home to students representing 29 different languages and includes services in programs such as English as a second language (ESOL), noncategorical special education (NCE), Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES), and Advanced Academics Local Level IV. We focus on helping each student realize his or her special talents and interests with the goal of providing stimulating learning experiences within a secure and caring environment. Our staff members participate in ongoing professional development and employ the latest educational research and learning theories in the classrooms. Areas of emphasis include differentiated instruction, the integration of technology into all areas of the curriculum, and adaptations of the curriculum to meet the needs of nontraditional learners. We emphasize development of higher-level thinking skills and guide students to think creatively and critically through problem-solving activities.

We help to foster respect for all members of the community, provide students skills for working cooperatively, and aid them in understanding the richness that cultural diversity brings. Columbia has a strong corps of volunteers to enhance the educational opportunities that will afford each student the chance to prosper now and in the future. The students and staff members benefit significantly from the continuing support of an active and committed PTA.

Last Updated: 2019-02-01

Enrollment Enrollment as of May 202324: 402
Grades Preschool, K-5
FCPS Programs Last Updated: 2024-01-24
Special Features
  • 1:1 Technology for All Grades
  • Active Professional Learning Community
  • Add+VantageMR (AVMR)
  • Advanced Academic Enrichment and Local Level IV Program
  • Advanced Academics Resource Teacher
  • Band, Strings, and Chorus
  • Classroom and School Weekly Newsletter
  • Community Engagement
  • Dedicated and Committed Parent Teacher Association
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Early Intervention Reading Initiative - EIRI
  • Engaging Student After-School Programs: Chess Club, Boardgames Club, STEAM Club
  • Enrichment & Intervention Block - Cougar Time
  • Evidenced-based intervention program
  • Family Liaison
  • Global Classroom Project
  • Meaningful instructional technology integration
  • Monthly Schoolwide Morning Meeting
  • Multi-Tier Student Support System
  • Multiple Field Trips for All Grades
  • Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POG POL)
  • Project-Based Learning (K-5)
  • PTA-sponsored family engagement events, including field day and fun run
  • Reading Intervention Program
  • Reading Specialist
  • Responsive Classroom - School-wide implementation to develop a caring, respectful school community
  • Safety Patrols
  • School-Age Child Care (SACC)Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts Integration, and Math (STEAM) Lab
  • SPED and ESOL inclusion
  • Student Buddies
  • Student Council Association (SCA)
  • Student Leadership Opportunities
  • Student-led Live Daily News Show
  • Teacher Mentors
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students provide services to students in need of support and/or enrichment
  • TJHSS&T Buddy Mentoring Program
Last Updated: 2024-01-25
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