Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (LCTA) is a K-5 public school located in Old Town Alexandria. Our diverse and dynamic student body is comprised of students from southeast Old Town and many other neighborhoods throughout Alexandria.
LCTA's educational philosophy and curriculum are unique within the Alexandria City Public School system. Our school is certified as a Core Knowledge School, and is one of only eight Core Knowledge Schools who have attained the highest level of academic rigor and assessment to be deemed a Core Knowledge School of Distinction.
The Core Knowledge teaching model builds upon core learning concepts (reading and math) through an integrated and creative learning approach. Students study the arts, science and social studies thematically and learn specific knowledge in each subject area that increases in complexity year by year. Our multi-cultural curriculum incorporates both world and American history, and then further reinforces learning and understanding through corresponding art and music instruction. Some of the Core Knowledge Sequence topics include Native American Cultures (kindergarten), Early Civilizations - Mayan, Incan, Aztec (second grade) and The Middle Ages - Europe, China and Africa (fourth grade). A detailed grade-by-grade Core Knowledge Sequence brochure is available in the front office.
Parents and community volunteers play a key role in the education of the children at LCTA. Volunteers tutor students, arrange special events, chaperone field trips, and lend their expertise to class projects. Currently, our parent volunteers manage more the 25 individual educational and enrichment programs throughout the year.
In support of educating the whole child, LCTA prides itself on providing different opportunities for all students. LCTA has earned gold status for seven years for the Governor's Award for Best Practices in Nutrition and Physical Fitness. It is also recognized as a "green school" by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the "Virginia Naturally" Program. The school is a two-time winner of Virginia's State School of Character and is a 2012-2014 National School of Character, as designated by the Character Education Partnership.
Lyles-Crouch is a unique and vibrant community of teachers, students and parents. Our mission is to foster a love of learning and to provide each of our students with the skills necessary to successfully meet the challenges of a changing society.