Barrett Elementary School

A Brief History of K.W. Barrett Elementary School

by Dan Redding, Principal, K.W. Barrett Elementary School

4401 North Henderson Road, Arlington, Virginia 22203

When Barrett Elementary School opened in 1939 it had four classrooms, ninety-seven students and three teachers.  The school was named for Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, a prominent Virginia physician, humanitarian, philanthropist, and social reformer. By 1950 the school had grown to almost 600 children, including two sixth grade classes, with a principal, a secretary, a librarian and eighteen teachers. In 2018 Barrett has about 550 Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students.

Barrett Elementary School is a diverse community of students, families and staff who are engaged and motivated to learn. Barrett offers a quality education to all children in a caring environment that recognizes and encourages the talents and interests of every child. Barrett’s diversity affords children an opportunity for a multicultural education, fostering cooperation, communication, and global understanding.

Barrett’s Project Interaction lays the foundation for a strong home – school partnership, with numerous opportunities for families, businesses and community members to contribute to the learning of Barrett students. Another facet of Project Interaction weaves communication arts into a wide range of student projects and productions, including the school daily broadcast of Tiger TV

As part of Project Discovery, one of Arlington Public School’s Exemplary Projects, students participate in a variety of interdisciplinary projects in the Discovery Lab. Partnerships with NASA, The National Wildlife Refuge, and Lockheed Martin provide opportunities for students to experience science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) in action. Barrett has the honor of being selected as the first elementary NASA Explorer School in Virginia and Barrett students have been fortunate with many “out-of-this-world” experiences