Award Year: 2018

Keene Mill Elementary School

6310 Bardu Avenue
Springfield, VA, 22152-1921

(703) 644-4700

Mrs. Renee Miller, Principal at time of Nomination

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Keene Mill Elementary School seeks to empower today's learners to become tomorrow's leaders.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 21%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 46%
Keene Mill students are collaborating on a STEAM project.

Keene Mill students are collaborating on a STEAM project.

At Keene Mill Elementary School (KMES), we are proud of our rich history, cultural diversity, time-honored traditions, and inviting school climate. We have educated students in Springfield, Virginia, since our doors opened on December 6, 1961. We are located in Fairfax County, a suburb of Washington DC, and we serve a wide socio-economic spectrum of families representing 42 languages. We educate students who live in our community, as well as students from six neighboring schools who participate in our full-time Advanced Academic Program. KMES has a tradition of building strong relationships within the surrounding community by donating food, clothing, funds, and service hours to those in need and by hosting well attended community-wide events.

The KMES staff has a shared vision, which is embedded in our beliefs and actions: "Empowering today's learners to become tomorrow's leaders!" The most instrumental strategy to our school's success has been building teacher capacity as members of a high performing Professional Learning Community to focus our efforts on increasing achievement for all students. Our staff works in a collegial and collaborative manner to ensure that all students become successful learners and productive citizens. We implement an inclusive instructional approach for each individual, offering a continuum of opportunities that includes a multi-tiered system of academic, behavioral, and social/emotional supports for every student by name and need. Our dedication to meeting the needs of all students is evidenced through a learning environment that fosters academic excellence, creativity, innovation, respect for individual differences, and the development of self-efficacy.