In early March, Communities In Schools of NOVA brought its mission of empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life to Barcroft Elementary School. Barcroft became the fourth Arlington Public School to partner with CIS of NOVA, and the organization’s first elementary school. Located three blocks off of the Columbia Pike and South George Mason intersection in south Arlington County, Barcroft Elementary School has a rich history of community, and a strong mission of developing the youngest members of the community:

“Originally opened in 1925, Barcroft Elementary School has had longer, continuous service to the community as an elementary facility than any other public school in Arlington….The community, with 10 young children ready for school, but too small to walk through Arlington Forest to Glencarlyn School, decided to start its own school….the community erected a building to serve as church, community center and school.”

Serving at the oldest public elementary school in Arlington County is our new CIS of NOVA Site Coordinator, Elizabeth LeRoy. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Master’s program at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, with a passion in public-private partnerships, leadership training, and talent development.   We are proud to have Elizabeth join the CIS of NOVA team, and to begin empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life at Barcroft Elementary School!