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Arts and Media


Classes visit the library for reading, mini-lessons about information resources, and check out time once a week. Students in grades K-2 are able to check out 1 book/week & students in grades 3-5 check out 2 books/week. They are not able to check out a new book until the one currently checked out is returned. Overdue notices are sent home quarterly. If a book is lost, or damaged it is expected that it will be paid for in order to replace the book. 

Polk has a family lending library that is located outside the front office. Students and parents may borrow a book at any time. There are several books available in Spanish and Arabic.

Band and Orchestra

Learn to play an instrument, practice your skills or participate in a band

Band and orchestra are available to all 4th and 5th grade students. Students meet once or twice a week during their Encore class. Students must be willing to miss their regularly scheduled Encore class. Two concerts are held a year. Instruments are available to rent for a small fee. All third grade students learn to play the recorder.


Chorus is an after school vocal ensemble made up of 4th and 5th graders at James K. Polk.

During chorus rehearsals (one day a week) we work on vocal technique, singing in unison and harmony, and exploring different genres of music. Chorus is an audition based group and every student works very hard at being their best, while having fun!

James K. Polk Chorus performs two concerts a year.

PTA Reflections Program

The PTA Reflections contest is an arts recognition and achievement program for students sponsored by the National PTA. ACPS students are encouraged to produce an original, artistic entry in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. The most imaginative interpretation of the theme through any one of these mediums is the object of the program.

Students who win first place in their categories at Polk advanced to the City level of the contest. Those who placed first at the City level advance to the Northern Virginia District PTA level to compete against winners from Fairfax and Arlington.

Rules, guidelines and other helpful information will be made are available through the PTA.