Our Values and Current Programs
Our students will tell you that our diversity is our strength and we agree, but we have a history of sometimes allowing differences to create division that inhibits learning. That is why we cannot let our past dictate the future.
Superintendent Gregory Hutchings said, “This is going to set the stage for the next generation and will change the trajectory of ACPS.”
ACPS has outlined the values for this redesign:
- Connected Community
- Diversity as Strength
- Experiential Learning
The driving force behind the project is equity, but let’s be clear, equity is not equality, instead, it’s providing the opportunity, the access and the resources and supports each student needs to help them achieve success. Whether that means heading to university or getting a job that earns a livable wage, we want every ACPS graduate to have access to what they need to make that happen.
That is why the Educational Design Team embraced the following values when they developed programming options for the future high school experience:
- Equity of Opportunity & Access for All Students
- Relationships & Community
- Student Achievement
- Student Choice & Flexibility over Multiple Pathways to a Diploma
ACPS also wants to expand student learning into the Alexandria community where more hands-on options can be provided. It is important to take advantage of this city’s location, and proximity to the Nation’s Capital, to build partnerships with businesses and higher education.
The High School Project has assembled an Industry Advisory Board with members who work in the areas of: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the arts, education and human services, business and government who will provide educators with guidance on specific qualifications, certifications, skills, experiences and coursework students need. These partnerships will lead to internship opportunities and real life experiences for our students.
Alexandria’s high school programs are comprised of the King Street Campus, Minnie Howard Campus, Chance for Change and the Satellite Campus at Central Office. Alexandria has outgrown these physical spaces.
Alexandria City High School offers several academies that offer programs in specialized subject areas. These include: The Finance Academy, the Governor's Health Sciences Academy at Alexandria City High School, a STEM program that started in 2013 and an International Academy. Career Technical Education (CTE) was established at least 45 years ago at the high school and was started as a vocational program.
The current high school model is based on a single high school, Alexandria City High School. Although viewed as one large high school by the community, in practice it has multiple academies and alternative programs sometimes co-located, sometimes located elsewhere with/without formal leadership:
- The main King Street Campus houses 3,065 students in grades 10-12, including 700+ International Academy students, a STEM Academy, Academy of Finance, multiple Career and Technical Education pathways
- The Minnie Howard Campus houses 884 ninth-grade students
- The Satellite Campus offers online courses for 100 students on the second floor of Central Office and has its own principal
- Chance for Change program houses 25 to 40 students at South Peyton Street with its own principal
- In August 2018, the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy was launched, located primarily at Minnie Howard but with some courses located at George Washington University
- Formal talks are taking place with Northern Virginia Community College about an Early College Program