Vision

Payne Elementary School is where genius lives!

We grow self-efficacy and school pride by acknowledging each student’s innate ability to learn and by cultivating individual genius. Each member of the Payne community is committed to ensuring growth and intellectual development through rigorous study in a nurturing and engaging learning community.

Core Values

We Value Children

Each child is a unique gift: a joyful explorer and learner.

We Value Excellence

Each child is held to very high expectations for learning, performance, behavior and character.

We Value Inclusivity

Each child is a unique individual and is a beloved member of this learning community.

We Value Community

Each child will succeed because of the collective efforts of caring adults who believe they can.

School Anti-Discrimination Statement

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to creating a discrimination-free environment. DCPS does not discriminate and does not tolerate discrimination in its education programs or activities (including employment therein or admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sex(including sexual harassment and sexual assault), age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, source of income, credit information, or status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking. To view our Notice of Non-Discrimination, relevant policies and to learn more about Anti-Discrimination within DCPS visit: dcps.dc.gov/anti-discrimination. For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Comprehensive Alternative Resolution & Equity (CARE) Team by mail at 1200 First St NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002; by phone at (202) 442-5405 or by email at dcps.care@k12.dc.gov. To file a sex-based discrimination complaint, contact the Title IX Coordinator by mail at 1200 First St NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002; by phone at (202) 442-5405 or by email at dcps.care@k12.dc.gov.