Our Story

On August 27, 2012, Community Day Arlington Elementary School (CDAES) was launched with the goal of providing a strong education that meets the needs of all students, preparing them for bright futures. The school welcomed approximately 187 students in Kindergarten and grade 1 for the 2012-2013 school year.

CDAES is a partnership between Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) and The Community Group (TCG), a private, nonprofit organization in Lawrence that has been creating opportunities through education since 1970. The Community Group also operates the Community Day Charter Public Schools in Lawrence and is implementing the schools’ successful practices at CDAES.

As a partnership with LPS, Community Day Arlington Elementary School differs from charter schools in the way it enrolls students. A neighborhood school, CDAES enrolls students the LPS district has identified to be within the school’s sending zone; these students are enrolled at the school by the district and would have attended Arlington Elementary School had The Community Group not partnered with the district to establish Community Day Arlington Elementary School.

The second year at CDAES, which began in fall 2013, was marked by the addition of grades 2-4 as the school expands to serve approximately 525 students in Kindergarten through grade 4. The school began its second year with encouraging feedback from parents, students, and assessment data.

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