Benjamin Stoddert Elementary School, named after the first U.S. Secretary of the Navy, is located in the Glover Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC just north of Georgetown. The Glover Park community is an established neighborhood full of old trees and housing dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, and surrounded by forested parkland, the Glover-Archbold Park. The community is rich in resources such as Stoddert Elementary School and adjacent Recreation Center, the Georgetown Public Library, the DC Parks and Recreation Department’s Guy Mason Center, Georgetown University, American University, as well as Georgetown University Hospital. Residents are proud of their community, and value its greenspaces and proximity to urban amenities. Stoddert’s student population is drawn from the neighborhoods of Glover Park and Burleith (between Georgetown and Glover Park), as well as welcoming a number of Out-of-Boundary students who reside throughout the District and Bolling Air Force Base. Stoddert is a diverse school with students and families representing numerous Asian, European, African and Latin American countries.
School Mission Statement
The mission of Stoddert is:
- To provide a safe, caring, nurturing learning environment for each child to learn to the fullest potential.
- To help children understand, respect, and appreciate cultural differences and similarities, religious and ethnic practices, and to be kind and considerate to each other.
- To implement the Principles of Learning within a Standards-based curriculum not only to achieve academic excellence, but also to develop creativity, problem solving abilities, and higher-level thinking skills.
- To provide the best possible subject matter and teaching methodologies in English, reading, writing, mathematics, the Arts, social studies, science, and technology in which each student can learn and build capacity for learning.
- To instill in each child the importance of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.
- To help each child acquire the habits of setting high expectations, meeting standards, and applying learning.