Shepherd Elementary has over 300 students from preschool through fifth grade who pursue a rigorous and interactive curriculum. We have a diverse community in the areas of ethnicity, religion, race, nationality, style and income.


Our mission is to develop inquisitive and internationally-minded lifelong learners who feel loved, challenged, and prepared to think globally and act compassionately to create a more peaceful world.


Alexander R. Shepherd Elementary School is named for the territorial governor of the District of Columbia in the early 1870’s and it is the product of an active community committed to education. In 1917, the civic association of Shepherd Park petitioned the District government to build an elementary school to educate the neighborhood children as well as attract more families to the area. After more than a decade of requests, the school board responded to petitions from parents of 143 children and agreed to provide a school. The school in 1928 consisted of two one-room portables parked near Kalmia Road on the farmland that the association had recommended for a building site. It took another four years, but finally the red-bricked Alexander R. Shepherd Elementary School open in January 1932. The descendants of Governor Shepherd helped dedicate the school and unveiled a photographic portrait of its namesake.

Shepherd continues to be one of the most highly regarded elementary schools in the District system, due to the commitment of its parents, teachers, and administrators.

Some of the traditions at Shepherd include Back-to-School Night in September, American Education Week in November, the Jazz Festival and Black History Month Celebration in February, the Science Fair, National History Day, the Spelling Bee, the Math Bee, the Geography Bee, and the Dramatic Literary Festival.

Our Philosophy

We believe that every child has talents and intelligence in many different areas. It is the joint responsibility of teachers and parents to discover, nurture, and promote the talents, intelligences, and special abilities of all children, while providing for their education in all regular areas.

Children learn in different ways and at different paces. All learning styles are valid; for maximum learning and communication to occur, people in an academic community need to be aware of one another’s styles and learn to relate productively among all styles.

Utilizing an approach which features Multiple Intelligence’s (that is, specific ways of taking in and demonstrating mastery of knowledge and skills) serves a broad population of learners and enables them both individually and collectively to foster their ability to learn, analyze, synthesize, and produce.