Our school site visits take you into nationally-recognized schools, while our site-seeing tours allow you to get out and explore the Washington, D.C. area.
School Site Visits
8am – noon
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy
A National School of Character
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (LCTA) is a K-5 public school located in Old Town Alexandria. LCTA’s educational philosophy and curriculum are unique within the Alexandria City Public School system. Our school is certified as a Core Knowledge School, one of only four official Core Knowledge Schools in Virginia. The Core Knowledge teaching model builds upon core learning concepts (reading and math) through an integrated and creative learning approach.
John Poole Middle School
A 2014 National School of Character Finalist
At 350 students, John Poole Middle School is the smallest middle school in one of the 20 largest school districts in the US: Montgomery County, Maryland. Located in an Agricultural Reserve, our area remains semi-rural while the rest of the district has steadily urbanized. Just over 70% of our students are white. A growing Hispanic presence has made that group our largest minority population (9%) with African Americans following (7%) and Mixed Race, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian populations below 5% each. We began a PBIS initiative five years ago that has grown away from the extrinsic rewards model into a community-wide focus on teaching students to value civility and doing the right thing because it is right.
Yorktown High School
This site visit will take you to Yorktown High School, a 2004 National School of Character and a Blue Ribbon School, that places an emphasis on social- emotional learning (SEL). Yorktown grounds its efforts in its SEL handbook, promoting social-emotional learning during the school day with the ROCS program (Respect Others, Community and Self)—which includes posters displayed prominently around the school, goal setting activities and school-wide events—as well as during extra-curricular activities. Even the building’s recent renovation reflects this focus. You will be sure to notice the student paintings that decorate the building, demonstrating the respect students have for one another and the building. Yorktown also has a Center for Leadership and Public Service that offers students a place to gather and plan projects that benefit the community. Yorktown publicizes service opportunities for students on its website and has a Leadership and Diversity class.
Monuments by Moonlight Tour
Friday October 31; Fee $50
Experience Washington, D.C. by moonlight and see historic national monuments and federal buildings flooded in light. An experienced tour guide will describe the deep, rich stories behind each site, stopping the bus at the White House and the Martin Luther King Jr., Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Pentagon Memorials so you can explore on foot. More sites will be visible from the bus, including the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Reflecting Pool, and the Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) Memorial.
A bus will pick up and drop off participants at the Renaissance Hotel for the school site visits and tour.