Lafayette is the largest elementary school in the District of Columbia, with more than 700 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence, talented teachers, and an engaged parent community.
Lafayette’s mission is to help our students reach their full potential through creative, challenging, and fun learning experiences in a supportive, nurturing environment. An emphasis on integrating the arts into all subject areas enriches every student’s learning experience at Lafayette and beyond.
Lafayette Elementary School was established in 1928 in the northwest neighborhood of Chevy Chase, DC, to meet the needs of families moving into new residential communities located along the Connecticut Avenue corridor. The school building opened in 1931. In 1978, the building underwent extensive expansion with the addition of an early childhood wing and the conversion of the original school space to an open space concept. In 2015-2016, the school underwent an extensive modernization to increase the overall area to 120,000 square feet to accommodate a capacity of 805 students. The school site shares its grounds with Lafayette Park and the Lafayette Recreation Center, affording the children plenty of room to play and explore outdoors.
Lafayette is recognized by the District of Columbia Public Schools as a top-tier, high-achieving incentive school, acknowledging those schools that have achieved at high levels or those that make significant gains in school performance. High-achieving schools receive grant awards allocated on a per-student basis that can be used to further the school’s work plan, professional development for teachers, and for technology support.
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