Arlington Science Focus School
Address: 1501 N Lincoln St, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-228-7670 Fax: 703-525-2452 Principal: Mary Begley School hours: Full Day – 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Early Release – 8:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Test Scores and Statistics Web Site: asfs.apsva.us The program at Arlington Science Focus School is designed to develop extensive understanding of science content and process through inquiry-based learning. Students embark on an exciting adventure each day where science content is used as the catalyst to teach all curriculum by using natural inquiry to develop students’ skills of thinking, analyzing, reflecting, problem-solving, and hypothesizing. We believe that students learn best by doing and, therefore, they are encouraged to use various strategies to tackle complex problems. Consequently, they gain confidence in themselves as learners. Students are also engaged in a weekly multi-age “Science City” experiment. They participate in hands-on activities dealing with ecology, biology, health, geology, zoology, physics, astronomy and chemistry that are directly correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Our philosophy celebrates diversity and uniqueness. As we implement Gardner’s Theory of the Multiple Intelligences in our classrooms, we focus on promoting skills that are valued in the community and the broader society. We recognize that children learn and process knowledge differently; therefore, students receive their education by cultivating the eight intelligences of verbal/linguistic, musical, visual/spatial, logical/mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist. This approach allows students to gradually assume responsibility for their own learning.