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From the Principal's Desk: 8/16/2023

Dear Ellington Community,

I hope this email finds you well and filled with excitement as we approach the beginning of the new school year! Whether you're returning families or joining us for the first time, we are thrilled to have you as part of our vibrant and creative community for SY23-24.

We are a truly mission-driven organization, and through our mission, our goal is to nurture, inspire, ensure, and prepare each student to be global artists citizens while developing responsible, caring, and high-achieving students.

At Ellington, our CREED is as follows: Commitment, Responsibility, Empowerment, Empathy, and Dignity.

As we gear up for another year of growth, learning, and artistic exploration, I'd like to share some valuable tips to help your family start the school year off right:

First Week Schedule

We are starting the new year on Monday, August 28, 2023, with all students in grades 9-12. Our daily schedule is 8:30 a.m. - 4:55 p.m. Please make every effort to report on time every day. Students will receive the bell schedule during Orientation and see it reflected in Aspen.

Establish a Consistent Routine

A consistent daily routine helps students adjust to school life smoothly. Encourage your child to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day, creating a stable foundation for academic and artistic success.

Encourage Time Management

Teach your child effective time management skills. Balancing their artistic pursuits, academics, and extracurricular activities requires planning and prioritization.

Course Schedules

School counselors Ms. Reavis and Mr. Davis have spent a tremendous amount of time developing student schedules and determining student placement. Careful consideration was taken from students, families, and staff to determine a rigorous program on both the academic and arts side. Student schedules will be populated a week prior to the start of school on August 28, 2023. If you have any scheduling questions, please reach out to the school counselors below:


All incoming students coming from a non-DCPS school should email their transcripts to our school counselor Ms. Reavis at

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If they have questions, please have them reach out to Ms. Jennifer Turner at

Ellington Express

Communication is key to a successful school year. We believe that a strong partnership between school and home contributes to a student's success. Each weekend we send out our school newsletter entitled the “Ellington Express”. It’s our way of communicating about student life and culture, updates from the administration, opportunities for students, resources for families, and student highlights and achievements. For any questions about the Ellington Express, please contact You can also find regular updates on our website at

We are committed to providing your child with a safe, nurturing, and inspiring environment that supports their artistic and academic growth. Together, we can make this school year an unforgettable journey of learning, creativity, and achievement.

In the upcoming weeks, we will send out more emails with important dates and notifications for new and returning families. Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. I am eagerly looking forward to a year filled with artistic exploration, academic excellence, and meaningful connections. Let's embark on this journey together!

Sandi M. Logan, Principal / Head of School


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