Award Year: 2018

Harrington Waddell Elementary School

100 Pendleton Place
Lexington, VA, 24450-1959

(540) 463-5353

Mrs. Rebecca Jarvis Walters, Principal at time of Nomination

Melanie Tomlin Camden, Current Principal

Title I School

Lexington City Public Schools

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Create and nurture a community of life-long learners by providing progressive educational opportunities and challenging experiences that are responsive to the needs and talents of all students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 74%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 35%
Faces of Harrington Waddell Elementary School's engaged school community

Faces of Harrington Waddell Elementary School's engaged school community

Harrington Waddell Elementary School is located in the independent city of Lexington, Virginia, a two-college town, rich with cultural activities, abundant history, charm, and natural wonders. In order to educate our students, we partner with the greater Lexington community, including university students and faculty, local businesses and organizations, student families, retired members of the community, and school division staff. These committed individuals provide support, enhanced opportunities, and various resources. Through individualized tutoring, enrichment groups, after-school clubs, community programs, and targeted intervention, this diverse and multi-generational group unites and interacts with our student population so that each student can grow to his/her potential, academically, socially, and emotionally. Along with the adults in our school community, our students share the vision and play an important role by providing positive peer academic and social support. This, in turn, leads to a safe and stress-free learning environment for all.

School division staff work together with the community to promote high expectations for each student and provide them with the tools necessary to be successful in and beyond the classroom. It is our hope that students become leaders, citizens, and scholars that contribute positively to society. To fulfill this vision, we respect, accept, encourage, and believe in our students because we know that they will be the pillars of our community tomorrow.