All About Henry

Our Mission

The mission of Patrick Henry Elementary School is to foster a culture of respect and success while providing a safe, academically challenging and welcoming environment with high expectations for all.

Our Vision

Patrick Henry is an inclusive, collaborative and diverse community focused on providing personalized learning experiences in order to meet the needs of the whole child and develop life-long learners and global citizens.

The History of Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry Elementary School was established in 1925. It replaced the Columbia School, Arlington County’s first public school. In 1959, Patrick Henry became the first integrated elementary school in the county. This historical moment serves as the foundation to embrace the diversity within our global society. Today, the Patrick Henry School community represents more than 20 different nationalities. We focus on the needs of all students. The school was rebuilt in 1974, and renovated and expanded in 1993. On March 31, 2001, Patrick Henry School celebrated it’s 75th year of excellence.  And, in 2015 Patrick Henry was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.

About Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry Elementary School has 575 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. A full range of educational services are available including preschool, gifted, ESOL/HILT, Spanish (Foreign Language in the Elementary School), special education, and related services such as speech, occupational and physical therapy.

Our student’s families speak more than 20 different languages, and over 140 second language learners are enrolled in programs focusing on English language training.

School Policies

Children’s Code of Conduct

  1. I will be polite and respectful in my language and actions in my daily contact with teachers, staff members and other students.
  2. I will work hard and do my personal best at all times, in all subject areas and activities.
  3. I will not disturb anyone’s body or belongings.
  4. I will come to school with an open mind and positive attitude. I will be ready to learn.