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Maury Elementary School is a small community-based school that offers students a personalized learning environment. Through work and in play, students discover their potential, embracing diversity and benefitting from strong relationships with staff, parents and volunteers. Maury is committed to providing inquiry based learning experiences, arts enrichment and academic programs that enhance students’ growth and development, inspiring a passion for learning and self-empowerment and promoting high achievement. Maury also offers music, art, Spanish, physical education and library/media to all grades as well as creative movement in Preschool and Pre-K. With over 280 students, class sizes range from 16 – 26 students with an aide in each class. With an active PTA, Maury’s growing reputation as a family-centered neighborhood school is well-deserved. Parents are always welcome and are invited to work closely with teachers to ensure that each child receives the attention he/she needs to succeed. At Maury, we educate the whole child in a safe, multi-dimensional environment. Initiatives at Maury include the Principal’s “Book of the Month”, the Schoolyard Stewards Program in partnership with Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, “Art Around the Corner” in partnership with the National Gallery of Art, Folger Shakespeare Theater partnership, before- and after-care programs, dance classes through Joy of Motion at the Atlas Theater, chess club, and multiple tutorial programs.
Curriculum and Instructional Focus: The DCPS curriculum is based on rigorous learning standards that set high expectations for all students. These standards define important developmental skills for children, and are taught system-wide. They can be found on the DCPS website www.dcps.dc.gov. Teachers are expected to use standards-based curriculum documents to guide instruction in their classrooms.
The District of Columbia has adopted challenging learning standards that spell out what students should know and be able to do in each subject, at each grade level and in every school. The new learning standards in Early Childhood Education (Kindergarten Readiness), reading/English language arts and mathematics are among the best in the nation, and are the cornerstone of the school system’s commitment to provide an excellent education to each student.
DCPS has also developed short guides to help parents and family members better understand the ambitious learning standards and how they can support their child’s learning. The guides are available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese and Amharic. They can be found on the DCPS website www.dcps.dc.gov.
Maury classroom and special-subject (music, art, library, Spanish, and P.E.) teachers are responsible for designing and implementing learning activities to reinforce and challenge students of varying abilities through small and whole group instruction. They nurture critical thinking, promote t