Principal's Message


Principal Duncan

I’d like to WELCOME you to Andover Elementary School and the GREAT things we have for your children to experience during the 2023-2024 School Year! 

Thanks to the support of Parents, the hard work of OUR students, AND our Teachers and Staff…YOUR students had an AMAZING 2022-2023 School Year. 

Andover Elementary is a School of Innovation with a focus on STREAM and Coding, built on a foundation of early childhood literacy. A majority of our Teachers have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of Phonics instruction and Phonemic Awareness because we know how crucial it is for ALL students to be able to read AT or ABOVE grade level and continue to develop a love of reading…to support academics AND for pleasure. We ask your children to come to school prepared to engage their curiosity and to work together with peers collaboratively to solve problems using inquiry based, critical thinking skills. Besides academics, we encourage our students to actively participate in our robust Music, Art, and Physical Education programs as well as our AFTER-SCHOOL clubs to round-out their learning day. 

Our goal is to ensure every student has a promising and successful future! Our dedicated teachers and staff work very hard to meet the needs of ALL students and maintain personal connections with our families. YOUR support and participation in this effort IS essential…by having your child arrive to school ON time, EVERY day, and so is monitoring their progress and homework. Please ask your child to share what they are learning, how their day was, AND (if you have any questions), communicate directly with your child’s teacher. 

There is NO better way to learn about the AMAZING things we have going on at Andover than by joining our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) OR School Advisory Council (SAC), AND to come to our school events as often as possible. We LOVE having Parents be involved in YOUR school! You can also work in your student’s classroom as a Class MOM or Class DAD. All Volunteers have to be “Additions” approved and this approval must be renewed EVERY year. If your schedule permits, we’ are always looking for volunteer monitors to help us during student Lunch as well. Our doors are always open to address ANY concerns. If it is important to YOU, it’s just as important to US. To ensure the safety of ALL our children, visitors must sign in at the office for an identification badge. We are partners with you in your child’s education so open (AND frequent!) communication IS essential. We use ConnectOrange to provide weekly updates by phone/email, various social media platforms, the Andover Elementary Webpage, AND our Marquee…just to make sure Parents receive the most updated information about school activities, no matter which avenue you look to for information. Experience tells us that our students experience greater success and achieve their educational goals when we ALL work together. If you have ANY questions or concerns about your child’s progress…FIRST, speak with your child about what they are doing in class. Further questions should be directed to your child’s Teacher. OUR teachers have the most up to date information about your child progress, as well as the support of our Administration to help YOUR child succeed. I maintain an open-door policy for Teachers, Staff, AND Parents…who may need assistance or have questions. When YOUR child is successful…WE are successful, simple as THAT! 

I appreciate you choosing Orange County Public Schools for your child’s education, and of course, trusting OUR Teachers and Staff at Andover Elementary School with the privilege of educating YOUR children. 


Mr. Kevin J. Duncan, MA Ed. 


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