Ludlow-Taylor takes a student-centered approach to instruction. Our goal is to encourage inquiry, creativity, and a love of learning from our Reggio-inspired early childhood program through 5th grade. We were named a National Blue Ribbon School for our innovative instruction. And our recently renovated indoor and outdoor spaces are among the best that DCPS has to offer.
A Message from Principal Penelope Miller
Hello Ludlow-Taylor Community,
My name is Penelope Miller, and I have the privilege of serving you as your principal. Most recently, I have been a resident principal (a mentorship position with DCPS), assistant principal, instructional coach and educator. I have been serving students and families within DCPS for the last 17 years. I recently completed a doctorate in early literacy intervention through American University. I am a mother to 2 incredible children, ages 12 and 8, and married to a fellow educator. Being able to lead in DC Public Schools is an honor and a service I believe in with my whole heart.
Serving children is an incredible responsibility and the contract communities engage in with their schools is of the utmost importance. The last few years have been trying as we navigate a new frontier. Together, we must define our values, and together, we must determine how we can support each other in the service of the best education possible for our children. This is an opportunity to re-evaluate what we want to continue and what we must change in order to help children develop a full sense of themselves, their talents, and how they want to contribute these gifts.
I have a lot to learn about the hopes and aspirations of the Ludlow-Taylor community. Please help me to be a better servant by reaching out. As a new member of the community, I know I need to learn from you so we can grow together.
Blue Ribbon School
Ludlow-Taylor is a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. Ludlow-Taylor earned a special designation as an Exemplary High Performing School for being among the top schools in the state.
Health & Wellness
Ludlow-Taylor was one of ten schools chosen to join the new DCPS School Design Lab for the 2018-2019 school year. We implemented a health-positive school structure modeled around Spark, a Harvard-researched book that explains the connection between exercise and the brain. Since being chosen for the School Design Lab, Ludlow-Taylor has continued this program, seeing dividends to this day. Learn more.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative approach to Early Childhood Education that values the child as strong, capable and resilient, rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
DCPS Bullying Prevention Policy
Bullying is a nationwide issue that affects millions of young people each year. On June 22, 2012, the District of Columbia City Council passed the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 to address bullying on a comprehensive, citywide level. More info.
DCPS Anti-discrimination Policy
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to ensuring every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life by providing rigorous and inclusive learning environments for all students.
To meet this commitment, DCPS is focused on creating an environment in which we eliminate opportunity gaps, interrupt institutional bias, and remove barriers to academic and social success, particularly for students of color. To promote an equitable environment free of discrimination, DCPS will provide access, inclusion, and affirmation, offering the most support where the greatest disparities have persisted. DCPS is also committed to providing a discrimination-free environment for staff and visitors.
This policy conveys DCPS’ prohibition on discrimination of all kinds and discusses various forms of discrimination and protected traits; it is focused on the rights of students. This policy rescinds and supersedes all previous policy, memoranda, and guidance promulgated by DCPS on this subject matter.