Van Ness Elementary School

Another Year at Van Ness Elementary!

The new Van Ness Elementary School reopened in Fall 2015! Since then, amazing things have happened. Our school building and grounds have been transformed from a drab eyesore to an engaging and beautiful place for our children to learn and thrive. We also have a beautiful school garden and playgrounds for our younger and older children.

Van Ness Elementary now serves Pre-K 3 through 3rd grade.

We hope you join our excitement for Van Ness. Go Otters!

Help Capper Senior Center Residents!

On September 19th, a fire destroyed the 900 5th St. SE Capper Senior Building, home to more than 160 seniors in our community. The Van Ness PTO is partnering with the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and ANC Commissioner Meredith Fascett (6D07) to set up an emergency fund to fundraise for the Capper Seniors. All donations will go directly to the seniors who lost their homes in the fire. You can donate via this link:


Students will be considered in uniform if they are either 1) wearing a Van Ness logo t-shirt or polo shirt or 2) wearing a light blue or navy blue polo (no logo). Students may wear any pants or shorts on the bottom and closed-toe shoes appropriate for PE class and outdoor play. Cardigans worn over uniform t-shirts can be light blue, navy, or black.

Uniform shirts can be purchased online at: