ACPS and City Establish Criteria for High Schools and Pre-K Centers of the Future

ACPS has begun work on the next phase of the Long Range Educational Facilities Plan that will set out building expectations and the need for any future high schools and pre-K centers.

ACPS Facilities staff presented the drafts of the Pre-K Center Educational Specifications and High School Educational Specifications (Ed. Specs.) to the School Board on June 16.

Both educational specifications are aligned with ACPS’ characteristics of high performing schools as well as the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan. The educational specifications focus on academic excellence, community involvement and the creation of optimal learning environments in line with best practices.

Pre-K Center Educational Specifications will include a capacity range of 320 to 400 students, 20 classroom spaces, multi-purpose rooms, community playgroup space and easily accessible playgrounds.

The High School Educational Specifications call for a comprehensive high school for grades nine through 12, with an ideal capacity of 1,600 students, and a usable range of 1,400 to 1,800 students. The document proposes a facility that would best accommodate curriculum trends at the high school level of a “school within a school” model, which lends itself to students following specific programs in academy settings.

This phase of the Long Range Educational Facilities Plan is a collaborative and iterative process involving City staff, the Alexandria City School Board, City Council and community groups. The goal is to develop a plan to meet the current and future needs of our school facilities.

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View the presentation to the School Board on the Educational Specifications from the School Board meeting on June 16.

Read the latest updates on the Long Range Educational Facilities Work Plan.