Cleveland Elementary School is a small public elementary school in the District of Columbia for Pre-K to grade 5. Half of our classes on each grade level participate in a traditional English program. The other half participate in our Dual Language program, where students take half of their classes in English and half in Spanish. Our diverse community of English and Spanish language learners are nurtured and inspired to strive for excellence and high academic achievement.
We believe that the elementary level is where the foundation of our students’ future is built. Our mission is to build a foundation to enable each student to successfully compete and stand on his/her own wherever they go. Our building is a warm and nurturing place where students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. We recognize that each student is different and has unique talents, abilities and needs. Instruction, therefore, is directed to individual strengths using a variety of learning modalities.
As an elementary school, we are responsible, and we do, lay the foundation for each child’s life journey. It is here where reading begins. It is here where critical thinking and writing begins. It is here where character is molded and shaped. It is here where self-esteem and confidence is built.
We have committed our efforts to do the very best for every Cleveland child.
Cleveland currently partners with the following organizations:
- American Heart Association
- Best Friends Best Men
- Buckley Sandler Law Firm
- Catholic University
- Healthy Smiles
- Heart of America
- Howard University
- LINKS, Inc.
- Matory’s Hayriders (holiday food baskets provided to families in need)
- National Gallery of Art (Art Around the Corner for grades 4 and 5)
- New Bethel Church
- United States Tennis Association
Highlights about Cleveland Elementary School:
The 2014 DCPS Teacher of the Year, Charisse Robinson
Charisse Robinson was a third grade teacher at Cleveland. She is now serving as our instructional coach.
Cleveland received a $200,000 grant from Breakthrough Schools:
DC and Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) to rethink how we educate our children. We are exploring personalized learning models in hopes of making even greater gains with our students.
Cleveland Elementary School was featured in the Washington Post
“Cleveland Elementary is one of seven elementary schools in the District that offer a dual-language program. In a pre-kindergarten class one September morning, students were discussing the question of the day, or the pregunta del día: Qué hace esta persona en la escuela? (What does this person do at the school?) They spoke in Spanish about what the principal or gym teacher or other staff members do all day. Upstairs, second-graders were writing essays in Spanish. By the higher grades, students write and speak easily in both languages, Principal Dawn Feltman said. On back-to-school night, she had a native-English speaker address parents in Spanish and a native-Spanish speaker talk to the parents in English.”
Cleveland received the Proving What’s Possible Grant in 2012; Fight for Children (Rising Start Grant) in 2011; and was named a National Distinguished Title I School.