Abingdon’s ProjectGIFT (Gaining Instruction, Fostering Talent) seeks to increase student achievement by implementing instructional practices guided by the framework of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. The school’s program provides each student personalized instruction, specialized music instruction, a wide variety of after-school enrichment activities, and a collaborative teaching model of instruction. Abingdon has also eliminated most early-release Wednesdays, increasing instructional time by approximately three weeks.A math resource teacher helps staff develop math units that require students to use higher level thinking skills to solve math problems using a variety of math materials. Students also apply their higher level thinking skills as they participate in experiments in Abingdon’s science lab.An architecture class requires all students to use their multiple intelligences to solve real-world, hands-on architecture related problems. In addition, Abingdon students take a communications class where they learn to communicate using a variety of media.
Abingdon's instructional program is consistent with Arlington Public Schools' goal to teach all students a broad body of knowledge, effective communication skills, a rational system of thought, and use of their individual creativity. Unique features of Abingdon's instructional program include the elimination of most early release Wednesdays. All Abingdon students will attend school five full days. This will increase instructional time for our students by approximately three weeks.
To provide a safe, academically challenging environment that engages all students through well-planned and executed teaching strategies, develops positive social skills and fosters productive, self-reliant citizens for the Abingdon community and beyond.
Recognizing that students have multiple intelligences, we will foster academic excellence through integration of the arts, technology, and real world problem solving.
Abingdon Elementary School is named after the old Alexander Custis estate, Abingdon.Washington, Parke Custis, and Nelly Custis were all born in Abingdon House. The school opened in 1950 to help alleviate the overcrowding at Fairlington Elementary. Abingdon has been home to a variety of instructional programs, including Spanish immersion. In 2002, the Spanish immersion program was moved to Claremont Elementary School. Thus, after much discussion and research, the Project GIFT (Gaining Instruction, Fostering Talents) concept was created and implemented in 2002-2003.
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