Racially and Socioeconomically Diverse School Halts Its Decline

Lyles-Crouch Academy, Alexandria, VA

Lyles-Crouch (LCTA), built in 1958, is a K-5 public magnet school in Old Town, Alexandria that serves a racially and socioeconomically diverse population. In 2000, in an attempt to halt school decline, LCTA became a traditional academy and adopted school uniforms, behavioral contracts, small class sizes, a focus on E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge, and an emphasis on character education (Character Counts! or CC!). Character education is not taught in isolation; CC! infuses all aspects of learning. It is incorporated in lesson plans and teacher development days.

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