E.L. Haynes provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for students in grades Pre-K through 12; specials and electives including language (Spanish), dance, music, and art; and several advanced placement courses in the high school. We operate on a year-round calendar with an additional 1,000 hours of academic and extracurricular programming beyond the 1,200 hours that every DC student receives. Intensive learning experiences deepen understanding at all grade levels, and travel opportunities in high school broaden students’ experiences.


VISION 2020, E.L. Haynes' five-year strategic plan, adopted in 2015, guides our academic program. To download highlights from VISION 2020, click here.




All E.L. Haynes students will become successful individuals, active community members, and responsible citizens.

All E.L. Haynes students will graduate prepared to succeed in college.

All E.L. Haynes students will be adept in mathematical reasoning and will use scientific methods effectively to frame and solve problems.




Design engaging and rigorous student centered instruction.

Implement rigorous, research-based vertically aligned curriculum for all content areas.

Monitor student performance to ensure high levels of mastery.

Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

Expand students' horizons, interests, and passions through athletics, clubs, activities, and travel.

Empower students through leadership and service-learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom.

Foster students' ability to make choices aligned to lifelong success.

Utilize extended day and year-round programs to improve achievement and provide enrichment for students.




Elementary School (Grades Pre-K-4)

Student-to-teacher ratio ensures support for all students.

Regular instruction in music, art, dance, and health and fitness.

Expeditionary approach focuses on hands-on learning and field work.


Middle School (Grades 5-8)

A hands-on approach to science, mathematics, humanities, literacy, and the arts.

Choice of electives, including Spanish and robotics, sports, and clubs in music, basketball, art, student government, and more.

High School (Grades 9-12)

2019-2020 High School Graduation Requirements and Course Offerings

Rigorous college preparatory program, including challenging AP courses and college counseling.

National and international enrichment trips to broaden students' understanding and life experiences.

A competitive athletics program for boys and girls.