When seventh-grade student Ronal Velasquez learned about how to put out a kitchen fire as part of a class at George Washington Middle School, he never imagined he would ever actually need to use the skill. But just a few months later he was grateful he had paid attention in class.
Community members, dance students, the Town Crier, the school’s eagle mascot, and school and city officials came together this week to dedicate the new Patrick Henry School and Recreation Center at an official ribbon cutting ceremony last week. It followed the community open house the previous weekend.
As we mark ten years since the launch of AVID in ACPS, we look at the journey of Ana Blanco: one student who was there at the very start.
At their last meeting, the School Board celebrated healthy, active students at George Mason, Polk and Mount Vernon, reviewed structures for supporting and retaining our staff, and checked in on the High School Project.
On a damp grey morning at 8:15 a.m. on February 10, 1959 — exactly 60 years ago this week — two African-American school children walked across a line of 58 police officers to become the first black students at an all-white elementary school in Alexandria. On the other side of town, three other African-American children walked into the all-white William Ramsay School. Their actions were the start of a long, slow process to desegregate Alexandria City Public Schools — a process that took another 14 years to complete.
The course selection process for rising middle and high school students starts this week. ACPS offerings span the spectrum — from strong academic programming, college-level and credit-bearing courses, Career and Technical Education to college-readiness programs so that students have access to the courses, resources and supports they need to reach their goals for college, career and life. Learn more.
These are the topics that two T.C. Williams seniors chose to explore in-depth that catapulted them to within the top 300 high school scientists in the United States. Learn more about Tessa Naughton-Rockwell and Ana Humphrey and how they developed their passion for science.
William Ramsay Elementary School has decided to reintroduce optional uniforms for all students this week to eliminate some obvious inequities and allow students to focus on their work in the classroom rather than what they wear to school.
The Board has empowered the superintendent to move forward with planning for a Connected High School Network that includes the modernization of the T.C. Williams Minnie Howard Campus, while also exploring the feasibility of a second comprehensive high school.
Jonathan Flores, a ninth grader in T.C. Williams High School’s International Academy has a rare talent of which his teachers were unaware. They found out through a random conversation about jazz and classical music. Watch him in action.
When Alexandria’s newest elementary school opened last September, it was named after one of Alexandria’s Civil Rights icons. Now, six decades after Ferdinand T. Day was one of the trailblazers in Alexandria’s fight for desegregation, the school that bears his name has been awarded a design innovation award for using creativity to solve one of Alexandria’s other problems: space.
Get an overview of all the ACPS summer school and enrichment programs that will be offered for students from kindergarten through high school on campuses throughout ACPS.
Julius Campbell, a key member of the 1971 State Championship team whose win and collaboration inspired Disney to immortalize Alexandria’s story of desegregation, has died — 48 years after he took the actions that created heroes out of T.C. Williams’ football team.
Three students share their inspiration for their winning works of art representing the theme, “Life is a journey. Travel drug free,” as part of National Drug Facts Week.
Athletics has always been a source of pride and tension in the story of the desegregation of ACPS. This is the second article in a series that explores the impact of Brown v. Board of Education on our schools and community, highlighting important milestones and key figures who played a role in the desegregation of Alexandria’s schools 65 years on.