Award Year: 2017

Horace Mann Elementary School

4430 Newark Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20016-2737

(202) 282-0126

Ms. Elizabeth Whisnant, Principal at time of Nomination

District Of Columbia Public School District

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At Mann, we know that quality teaching and enthusiastic learning come from the intersection of thoughtful, collaboratively minded educators with inquisitive and eager young students. We have both! Learning at Mann is purposeful, strategy-based, and joyful, and takes places both within and beyond our walls.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 11%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 6%
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Horace Mann Elementary School is a lively place of learning where curiosity and connection are celebrated. With our diverse, multi-national population, we are both a global and close community of learners. All school meetings, buddy classes, schoolwide traditions, and small group teaching help our students be known and valued across ages. Our recently renovated and expanded campus invites us to learn within and beyond our school walls. Each learning space is named for elements of the local watershed which can be celebrated and explored on our grounds (The Foundry Watershed) and further afield (The Potomac and Chesapeake Watersheds). We've made a commitment to growing what we eat and eating what we grow. Our campus features both a rooftop aeroponic farm and a ground-level raised bed farm, multiple bee hives, and a fruit orchard. This plus our farmers' market and food rescue initiative teach our students to be strong stewards of food resources.

Serious about our students' academic growth, we also believe that a school community must be a place of joy and celebration. We actively promote the arts and health/well-being programming, including schoolwide exposure to mindfulness instruction. Mann Centaurs (get it? Horse-Mann!) are proud to be part of the DCPS public school community of Washington DC. Come visit us!