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Welcomes The Honorable

John Lewis

NASA Administrator,

Former Astronaut Inspires Jefferson-Houston Students to Fulfill Their Dreams

PTA sponsored, "NASA DAY", reminds

students that STEM education is fun!


The Jefferson-Houston Advantage:

  • The only International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and Middle Years Programme in ACPS. 

  • A designated "Model Program" by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) for comprehensive counseling and exemplary educational environment. 

  • Encore classes (Spanish, Library, Orchestra/Band/Music, Art, and P.E.) for every student, at least once a week with a subject area certified teacher

  • Band and orchestra instruction - beginning in 4th grade

  • Students participate in the ACPS one-to-one Chromebook initiative

  • Grades 6-8 currently  accommodate 178 students. Small middle school classrooms creates a close-knit and tailored learning environment for teachers and students 

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

  • Advanced Academic Services (AAS)

  • English Language Learner (ELL) support

  • Special education programs

  • Small lunchrooms on each floor for shorter lunch lines and a more relaxed dining experience


Who is Jefferson-Houston Named For?


The school is dedicated to two prominent Americans: Thomas Jefferson  and Charles Hamilton Houston. 


Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was an American

 Founding Father and the principal author of

the Declaration of Independence. He was 

elected the second Vice President of the United

States (1797–1801), serving under John Adams 

and in 1800 was elected the third President.



Charles Hamilton Houston (1895 – 1950) was a prominent African-American lawyer, Dean of

Howard University Law School, and NAACP 

Litigation Director who played a significant

role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws, which

earned him the title "The Man Who Killed Jim

Crow". He was a pioneer in the movement to

integrate the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is also well known for having trained future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.




Jefferson-Houston Jaguar Pride!
Discover Jefferson-Houston


Our School Advantage


Jefferson-Houston is a state of the art facility in beautiful Old town Alexandria, Virginia, minutes from the King Street Metro Station. We currently have 625+ students. Learn more




Our PTA members are committed but we still need you! Parents, neighbors, community leaders, please join us. We need mentors, tutors, speakers and more! All volunteers must complete an ACPS Volunteer Application.


Our Students


Jefferson-Houston is a PreK-8 model school. Grade levels are separated by building floor levels, with the PreK, Kindergarten, and multiple disabilities classes on their own level. Also, each grade level enjoys its own cafeteria in separate ELA (Extended Learning Areas). Take a tour and see how the building architecture enhances learning at Jefferson-Houston. 


Our Programs


Jefferson-Houston School is the only ACPS school designated as an official International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) school and  Middle Years Programme (MYP). The school completed a multiyear training and implementation path to achieve recognition as one of an elite group of schools worldwide. As an I.B. World School, Jefferson-Houston is part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to successfully negotiate their futures and make meaningful contributions to an increasingly global society. Learn More.


World Class Education


Jefferson-Houston boasts  a world class faculty 86% of which have advanced degrees. Our school has the latest tools in the classroom, including tablets, Chromebooks, and SMART Boards. Students have the opportunity to learn, interact and create every day in every subject, using advanced technology.


Contribute: Be a Partner


The Jefferson-Houston PTA strives to support our students with after-school enrichment programs, field trips, and other opportunities that encourage success. To do this, we need to grow our PTA coffers. You can help!  All donations are tax-deductible. Time, talent, in-kind gifts, and monetary donations are appreciated.

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