Three years ago, Stanton Elementary was the 2nd worst performing school in the District of Columbia. To remedy the problem, a very large majority… Read More
Three years ago, Stanton Elementary was the 2nd worst performing school in the District of Columbia. To remedy the problem, a very large majority of the staff was fired and replaced with new enthusiastic teachers who have worked to get the students up to grade level and turn the school around. It has been thus deemed a “Turn Around School” and has been a testing ground for the DC Scholars program, a program that is running in both DC and Philadelphia. During my time at the school, I have found that the teachers are committed and invested in their students and that the students are bright and have a great deal of potential. It is not only the school that is changing, it is the surrounding community. Read Less
Field lights shine in the evening at Stanton Elementary as many of the teachers go home. Most teachers at Stanton work 12 hours a day or more on Mondays through Fridays and even sometimes on Saturdays.
A young boy walks to the entrance of Stanton Elementary for class on a very cold January morning.
Students play with a parachute during gym class. Their laughter fills the gymnasium as their teacher educates them on the importance of teamwork.
Students wait in the hallways during a class break.
A fifth grade math class is reflected in the window look out into the hallway of Stanton Elementary.
A young student lays his head on a desk and procrastinates reading his book during personal reading time.
Students go over homework together in math class.
Stanton Elementary sits on a hill in the Anacostia neighborhood in Washington DC and looks out over the poorest part of the District.
A teacher walks a student to his apartment in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and talks with his parent about the students' academic progress.
A student comforts her fellow classmate as they both sit in detention.
A student fiddles with her rosary during class. Religion is very important to many of the people in the Anacostia neighborhood and you can frequently see crosses around the necks of student in Stanton Elementary.
A teacher looks out onto her class as they read as a group from a book.
A student raises her hand during math class to answer a question.
Three students sit together and solve a reading game on Stanton Elementary's computers during 'centers' time, a period when student go on their own to different areas of the classroom to complete lessons.
A student sits at her desk and works on homework during class time.
The basketball hoop on Stanton Elementary's playground is still in need of repair and reminds the teacher how far they still have to go to make Stanton Legendary, as well as a reminder about where Stanton came from.
Two students play wrestle on Stanton Elementary's playground during recess.