Stokes School follows the DC Healthy Schools Act (HSA) Physical Education and Physical Activities requirements. Students in all grade levels participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of physical education every week, and students in second through fifth grade receive 80 minutes of health education every week. The PE and health curricula are designed to help students develop a life-long enjoyment of physical activity, an understanding of how to eat right, and a sense of responsibility for the environment. 



In response to a growing nation-wide concern over the health of young people, Stokes School implemented a self-designed Wellness Initiative in 2006.

The Stokes Kitchen serves three healthy and delicious meals a day. Professional chefs prepare all meals in-house using minimally processed ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. There is a fresh salad bar available to students at no cost every day. We also offer fresh fruit at breakfast, snack, lunch, and supper. We cater to students who have specific dietary restrictions such as gluten, dairy, and egg allergies, and there is a vegetarian option at every meal. Click here for a video that features Stokes School's participation in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. 


The mission of the Stokes School Garden Program is to support the overall school mission and goals, specifically, the school’s commitments to social justice, to excellence in academic education and to the development of the whole child.  Primarily, the school garden functions as a bridge between science and social studies in the classroom and in the wider world by allowing students and teachers hands-in-the-dirt experiential learning tied directly to Next Generation Science Standards and DC Standards of Teaching and Learning for Social Studies.


Secondly, by connecting students to urban agriculture, the Stokes School Garden Program pushes the school community to think directly about food security, nutritional access, and waste management in an increasingly crowded and connected world.  Finally, the students’ reactions to the foods harvested from the gardens have made it abundantly clear that children will happily eat healthy food that they have worked actively to grow.  Students learn, eat and build in and from the Stokes School Gardens.