Louise Archer Elementary School

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Coordinates: 38°53′56.94″N 77°16′37.88″W / 38.8991500°N 77.2771889°W / 38.8991500; -77.2771889

Louise Archer Elementary School
Louise Archer Elementary School is located in Northern Virginia
Louise Archer Elementary School
Louise Archer Elementary School
Louise Archer Elementary School is located in Virginia
Louise Archer Elementary School
Louise Archer Elementary School
Louise Archer Elementary School is located in the US
Louise Archer Elementary School
Louise Archer Elementary School
324 Nutley Street N.W.
Vienna, VA 22180
TypePublic school
MottoWhere The Sun Always Shines
PrincipalMichelle Makrigiorgos
Color(s)Yellow and Blue
PyramidJames Madison High School
Previous nameVienna Colored School (until 1950)

Located in the west of the town of Vienna, Virginia, United States, Louise Archer Elementary School is one of many elementary schools part of Fairfax County Public Schools. It is notable for its history and for its designation as a one of several elementary school centers for advanced academic programs in Fairfax County.[1]

Currently the school has an enrollment of 642 students.


The school was established in its current location, then a black neighborhood, in 1939, as a school for African-American children, under the name "Vienna Colored School."[2] Mrs. Louise Archer served as the school's principal[3] and taught students with two other teachers. She taught and fed all of the students. In the early 1940s, the only water was from the Salisbury Spring a mile away. Boys had to go and fetch water, and Mrs. Archer fed the children meals she cooked on a pot-bellied stove. The old school building is what is now part of the northern section of the school near the cafeteria.[4]

In 1948, Mrs. Louise Archer died of a heart attack; the school was renamed in her honor in 1950.[5]

In the late 1960s, Duke Ellington and his trio played at the school, at the invitation of the band teacher at that time, Philmore Hall, who had once been Ellington's trumpet teacher.[6]

AAP program[edit]

Louise Archer has a level 4 Advanced Academics Program (AAP).

Chess Club[edit]

In the 2009 school year, the Louise Archer Chess Club won seven trophies and awards. The school won 3rd place in the country in a tournament in spring 2009, and not far behind in another National Chess Competition. The school has won the Kent Gardens Cup last year and for seven years straight from 2005-2012.


The morning announcements and school news and so on are transmitted on WLATV closed-circuit television that is run by select 5th and 6th grade students.

Notable attendees[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Advanced Academic Programs." Fairfax County Public Schools site Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 18 Sept 2011)
  2. ^ "Remembering Segregation in McLean and Vienna," The Connection, 12 March 2014
  3. ^ "Louise A. Reeves Archer," Virginia Women in History
  4. ^ Baker, Peter (16 March 1989). "School Born of Struggle Honors Proud Past". Washington Post.
  5. ^ Commonwealth of Virginia, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 365 Commending Louise Archer Elementary School. Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 28, 2014. Agreed to by the Senate, March 5, 2014
  6. ^ "The Tuesday Conversation: Jamie Broumas," Gazette.net, 23 November 2010

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