Strong John Thomson Elementary School is a rigorous and multi-cultural environment where students grow into global citizens possessing a sense of inquiry, values, and a desire for high academic achievement. Strong John Thomson Elementary School is renowned for our academics and diversity. Thomson was the first DCPS elementary school to become and International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP World School. As an IB school, we prepare students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Our diverse staff is committed to excellence and working with our families and the community to provide a challenging academic program that prepares students for their futures both inside and outside of the classroom.