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Our School

Cora Kelly School is a learning community where everyone actively engages in rigorous experiences that inspire a lifelong passion for knowledge with emphasis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Cora Kelly School is a diverse learning community dedicated to educating all students for success in the 21st century through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our goal is to cultivate scientists, mathematicians, artists, and engineers beginning at a young age by equipping them with strategies to critically think, problem-solve, utilize higher-order thinking questions, and engage in cooperative learning and inquiry-based lessons.

We believe:

Instruction that focuses on literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will lead our students to become productive members of society.

Language mastery is the foundation for success in all subject areas.

Individuals can develop habits of mind that lead them to become lifelong learners.

Our students have the ability to excel academically and learn at high rates.

A diverse community enriches students' academic and social development.

Our community includes staff, students, parents, neighbors, and surrounding businesses.

With a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics we:

Immerse students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics content and skills every day.

Offer instruction in specialized math, science, and computer labs to support and enrich classroom instruction.

Employ a wide variety of instructional techniques.

Implement cross-curricular lessons in our outdoor classroom, the Habitat.

Provide enrichment activities and after-school clubs for students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Hold an annual Scimatech (Science, Math, and Technology) Fair to share the learning of our students.


8:30 a.m.–3:05 p.m.

Special Events

Science, Math and Technology Fair (SCIMATECH)

Back-to-School Night

Read Across America Day

First Book 

Winter and Spring Concert (Choir and Band/Orchestra)

Science Labs

The Science Labs provide students an opportunity to develop their scientific literacy through an inquiry approach. This approach includes engagement (use of an activator and connecting to students' prior learning and experience), exploration (hands-on activities), explanation (students explaining their learning), elaboration (application of learned concepts), and evaluation (assessing student knowledge).

Computer Lab and Technology

A computer lab is a place for students to learn computer skills, including, but not limited to, Internet Safety, keyboarding, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, and Powerpoint), computer research, Digital Storytelling software, movie making software, and development of multimedia projects. Students also have online access to First In Math, Everyday Mathematics Online, Study Island, Kid Biz, SOL Pass, and Brain Pop Web-based programs. Lab lessons expand upon and reinforce what is taught in classrooms. The computer lab specialist collaborates with classroom teachers to support student learning.

Alexandria City Public Schools launched a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to bring the latest in technologies into the classroom, including computers, telephones, multimedia, Internet, and CD-ROM research capabilities. Each classroom is equipped with computers and SMARTBoards for use during large group instruction as well as reinforcement of learning in small groups. All classrooms also have document cameras and projectors for use in instruction. The computer lab is equipped with 24 PC computers and a SMARTBoard. Wireless mobile carts with netbooks, laptops, and iPads are available for teachers to use with students for classroom activities. Teachers also have access to multiple camcorders and digital cameras for capturing classroom projects and activities.

The Habitat

The Habitat is an outdoor classroom, located in the school courtyard and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Habitat. In the habitat, students have the opportunity to understand and explore a small pond with fish and water plants, as well as more than 100 species of other plants, birds, turtles, frogs, and insects. All areas of the curriculum are enhanced by Habitat activities.

Cora Kelly Data

Cora Kelly's School Quality Profile shows information on the school's accreditation status, student achievement, teacher quality, and much more.

Cora Kelly School is fully accredited. To learn more, review Cora Kelly's School Quality Profile on the Virginia Department of Education website or review recent test scores.

Student Body Demographics

Enrollment: 262

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Black or African American: 15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 14%
  • Hispanic: 65%
  • Multi-racial: 2%

Special Programs

Eligible for free or reduced price meals: 61.1%

Students requiring English Learners (EL) services: 56%

Students receiving special education services: 18%

School Faculty

Number of Teachers: 48
With post-graduate degrees: 75%