Benjamin Stoddert Elementary School is a public school located in northwest Washington, DC. 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. Stoddert serves a student population drawn from the neighborhoods of Glover Park, Cathedral Heights and Burleith (between Georgetown and Glover Park), as well as a number of out-of-boundary students from throughout the District and Bolling Air Force Base.
The school was opened in 1932 to serve the population of recent extensive new housing developments. Before the school opened, children had to ride streetcars to schools in other parts of the city. The school’s huge green space to the east was the cradle of the DC Stoddert Soccer League, which was founded in 1977.
The school serves a very diverse student body, serving kids from over 20 countries, including the embassies of China, France and Russia; there are more than 35 nationalities represented at the school.
Stoddert prides itself on its environmental initiatives. It was the first geo-thermal school in District of Columbia Public School System, and has a student Green Team whose member manage recycling and composting programs, and serve as tour guides for visitors to the school. Stoddert also has an award-winning school garden which has become an integral part of its science education program.
Surrounded by supportive parents with such hope in their eyes for their anxious soon to be middleschoolers. I joined Principal Donald Bryant and others to celebrate their academic success and urged them to continue to stay focused and surround themselves around positive friends and always be the light in all situations, help others and let their greatness rub off on others.
The President’s Education Awards Program honors student achievement and hard work in the classroom. This award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes students who meet key criteria. Since 1983, the program has provided individual recognition from the President and U.S. Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence. These students often are pushing the traditional standards of thinking to come up with creative solutions to problems. Overall, these students deliver their best and bring out the best in those around them.
This year’s students received a certificate signed by President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as a congratulatory letter signed by the President.
The 6th grade students of Stoddert Elementary School have set a great foundation for those students to follow.