Project Updates

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    April 29, 2020: COVID-19 Impact

    The City of Alexandria's revised adopted budget postpones funding for the construction of a new high school facility on the Minnie Howard campus until Fiscal Year 2023. The design process will still move forward in the meantime. The High School Project Team continues to aim to complete construction by September 2024. Read more about this on the CIP FAQ page and the Budget FAQ page. The High School Project Core Team has continued to meet weekly during the COVID-19 crisis and plans to provide updates for each meeting in the future.

    February 26, Educational Design Team Meeting

    The EDT reviewed their takeaways from the site visit at The Academies of Loudoun. Dr. Jacobs, the coordinator for Career and Technical Education, provided an overview of the CTE program at T.C. Williams High School. The group also reviewed the concepts that have been emerging regarding changes to the overall high school experience.

    February 24, High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings. The team discussed strategy building to handle student capacity until the new building is available, field displacement during construction and engagement of staff around education specifications for the new building.

    View the Agenda (PDF).

    February 18, High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    View the Agenda (PDF).

    Read the minutes (PDF).

    February 11, Educational Design Team Site Visit

    Approximately 30 members of the EDT and ACPS staff attended a half-day tour and meeting at the Academies of Loudoun in Virginia. The site visit will inform the team as they provide input for education specifications for a new building at Minnie Howard and design a new experience for our high school students.

    February 10, High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    The team discussed displaced fields plans management, progress on education specifications, the educational design team field trip to Loudon, upcoming IAB launch and timelines. 

    View the agenda (PDF).

    Read the minutes (PDF).

    February 3, High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    View the agenda from the meeting (PDF).

    Read the meeting minutes (PDF).

    January 29, Educational Design Team Meeting

    The High School Project Educational Design Team met at Minnie Howard and discussed the education spedifications and space considerations for the new high school building that will be built on the Minnie Howard campus.

    January 27, High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    The Team discussed the agenda for the next Educational Design Team meeting and goals for education specifications for the Minnie Howard building. The Industry Advisory Board membership goals and orientation meeting in March was discussed. A subset of the team is working on efficiencies in scheduling. 

    View the agenda from the meeting (PDF).

    Read the minutes from the meeting (PDF).

    January 23, Quarterly Meeting with Industry Advisory Board Chairs

    It was decided to have the orientation for the IAB members in early March. The goal will be to agree to a common vocabulary, explain the scope of the work, expectations and goals.

    January 21, 2020: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    Read the meeting agenda (PDF).

    Read the draft minutes (PDF).

    January 13, 2020: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    Read the meeting agenda (PDF).

    Read the draft minutes (PDF).

    January 8, 2020: Inspiring Futures EventDr. Noguera meets with Educational Design Team members.

    On January 8, 2020 six nationally recognized education researchers came to Alexandria to work with our Educational Design Team and meet with our T.C. Williams High School staff and the community. An afternoon workshop was held with the EDT. Members worked in small groups with the experts who shared high school redesign options from their experience as well as evidence-based practices. In the evening, during a 90-minute panel discussion with the staff and community, the experts answered questions about what works and what doesn't work for high school students.

    Read the ACPS Express article about the panel.

    Watch a short video summarizing the panelists thoughts.

    Watch the entire event.

    Read more about the experts and their research (PDF).

    History of The High School Project (PDF) provided to panelists.

    January 6, 2020: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    View the agenda (PDF).

    Read the meeting minutes (PDF).

    December 18, 2019: Educational Design Team Meeting

    The Education Design Team met to further develop programming for T.C. Williams connected high school network and how it will influence what kind of building is constructed on the Minnie Howard site. At this meeting, they also proposed questions for consideration by experts in high school redesign who will be visiting Alexandria in January.

    December 16, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    December 9, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    December 5, 2019: CIP Update to the School Board

    ACPS presented their CIP quarterly report to the School Board on Thursday, December 5 and included was money spent from the Capital Improvement Budget on the High School project's planning, a total of: $358,784. In addition, $30,000 in system wide funds were used for planning of the New High School.

    December 4, 2019: Education Design Team MeetingEducation Design Meeting

    The Education Design Team met to further develop recommendations for the school board on programming for T.C. Williams connected high school network and how it will influence what kind of building is constructed on the Minnie Howard site.

    December 2, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    November 25, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    November 26, 2019: ACPS and Alexandria City Hold Colocation Meeting

    Community needs throughout Alexandria including facilities and services are increasing. With land at a premium within the city, it is critical that sites owned by the City and ACPS are maximized to deliver the range of services our community needs. The city has asked ACPS to work with them as they develop the Minnie Howard site.

    Read the City's communication (PDF).

    View the presentation (PDF).

    November 18, 2019, HSP Update for the Fairlington Town Homeowners Association

    Representatives from the High School Project met with homeowners in Fairlington Town - the neighborhood behind Minnie Howard's campus to update them on the School Board's September 26 decision to build a new school building on the campus.

    View the presentation (PDF).

    November 18, 2019: T.C. Williams Staff Meeting

    The High School Project representatives met with teachers at T.C. Williams to update them on the School Board's decision on September 26 to maintain one high school in Alexandria and expand T.C.Williams with a new building on the Minnie Howard campus. The discussion included information about the educational design team's plans to rethink how we teach high school to students. Teachers had an opportunity to weigh in and ask questions.

    November 18, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    November 14, 2019: Education Design Team Meeting

    The Education Design Team kicked off a new set of meetings to take a deeper dive into new programming options for the high school, as well as, consider how a new building at Minnie Howard can be best used.

    November 11, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    November 7, 2019: Superintent Proposes FY 2021-2030 CIP Budget Priorities

    The Superintendent introduced monies needed for the High School Project to complete programming and a new building on the Minnie Howard campus by the year 2025 to the School Board.From FY2018-2019, the project spent $5,250,000 on educational visioning, program design and capacity planning to address an expected growth to 5,000 students over the next five years.

    Space and educational program design for 2019-2021: $15,387,494

    Phased construction for 2022-24 is expected to be:

    FY21: $103,712,469

    FY22: $54,503,900

    The remaining frunds from the cost estimate to be applied to 2021-22 Fiscal Year are: $158,216,369

    November 4, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    October 29, 2019: Agenda Alexandria Considers T.C. Williams Expansion

    ACPS Mignon Anthony, Chief Operating Officer and Dr. Terri Mozingo, Chief Academic Officer joined a panel with T.C. Williams students: Bridgette Adu-Wadier and Mikaela Pozo to discuss the School Board's decision to redesign the high school experience while addressing over crowding. Panelists at Agenda Alexandria event

    October 28, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    October 21, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    October 17, 2019: High School Project Community Meeting for Minnie Howard Neighbors

    High School Project staff met with neighbors that border the Minnie Howard campus to inform them of the School Board’s decision to expand T.C. Williams High School with a new building at this location. Next steps include setting up a Superintendent’s Advisory Group.

    View the presentation (PDF).

    View the video of the meeting.

    October 15, 2019: Presentation to the CTE Advisory Committee

    The CTE Advisory Committee will work with the IABs to explore how to provide Alexandria students with workplace experiences and skills they need for careers and college. ACPS staff presented the latest information about how the IAB and CTE Advisory will work with our Educational Design Team to define a future high school educational program.

    October 14, 2019: High School Project Update to the North Ridge Citizens Association

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network.

    October 14, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    October 9, 2019: First Meeting of Industrial Advisory Board Chairs

    The IAB Board chairs met with ACPS staff to learn about the roles and responsibilities and to provide feedback to ACPS about support they will need to carry out this exciting work on educational programming.

    October 9, 2019: High School Project Update to Del Ray Citizen Association

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network.

    October 7, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    October 7, 2019: High School Project Update to Potomac Yard Civic Association

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network.

    October 7, 2019: High School Project Update to Charles Barrett Elementary School Teachers

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network. They also discussed the educational programming options being considered to transform the high school experience for Alexandria City students.

    October 2, 2019: High School Project Update to Assistant Principals

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network. They also discussed the educational programming options that could transform the high school experience for Alexandria City students.

    September 30, 2019: High School Project Update at Virginia Tech Design School

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network.

    September 30, 2019: High School Project update at John Adams Elementary School

    ACPS staff presented the results of the School Board’s vote and the analysis that lead to the decision to expand T.C. Williams High School into a Connected High School Network.

    September 30, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    September 26, 2019: School Board Vote Endorses One T.C. Williams High School

    After over a year of engagement, analysis and planning, the School Board voted to expand T.C. Williams High School's Connected High School Network and build on Minnie Howard's campus.

    September 26, 2019: School Board Vote on One or Two High Schools

    After over a year of engagement, analysis and planning, the School Board will vote on:

    • The selection of one high school (connected high school network) or two high school model

    • The sites to be pursued based on the selected model As a reminder, the options for the sites for each model include:

      Two High Schools Model

    • 1,600 students at Minnie Howard

    • 1,600 students at George Washington, fields at Minnie Howard

    • 1,600 students at Francis C. Hammond, fields at Minnie Howard

      Connected High School Network Model

    • Option 1: King Street 400 Students, Minnie Howard 1200 Students

    • Option 2: Minnie Howard 1,600 Students

    • Option 3: Minnie Howard 1,200 Students, Potomac Yard 400 Students

    At two work session with the School Board the High School Project team provided results of the educational design team's concepts for each model, the site investigation and analysis as well as a cost comparison of both options.

    September 25, 2019: The High School Project Update for the PTAC at Minnie Howard

    September 23, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    September 19, 2019: High School Project Update to the School Board

    At a work session with the School Board the High School Project team provided results of their site investigation and analysis as well as a cost comparison of both options.

    September 17, 2019: High School Project Update at T.C. Williams High School

    The third school district community meetings on the High School Project was held at T.C. Williams High School from 5pm to 7pm. The Superintendent and experts answered parent and community members questions on the one or two high school options.

    • View the video of the September 17 event at T.C. Williams.

    September 16, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    September 14, 2019: High School Project Update at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School

    The second of three school district community meetings on the High School Project was held at Ferdinand T. Day School from 9am to 11am. The Superintendent and experts answered parent and community members questions on the one or two high school options.

    • View the video of the September 14 meeting at Ferdinand T. Day.

    September 12, 2019: High School Project Update with the Seminary Hill Civic Assocation

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to community members.

    September 11, 2019: High School Project Update with the Fairlington Civic Assocation

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to community members.

    September 11, 2019: High School Project Update at George Washington Middle School

    The first of three community meetings on the High School Project was held at George Washington Middle School from 5pm to 7pm. The Superintendent and experts answered parent and community members questions on the one or two high school options.

    • View the video of the September 11 community meeting at George Washington Middle School.

    September 10, 2019: High School Project Update with the Potomac Yard Civic Assocation

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to community members.

    September 9, 2019: High School Project Update with the Lynnhaven Civic Assocation

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to community members.

    September 9, 2019: High School Project Update with the Talented and Gifted Advisory Committee

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    September 4 and 9, 2019: High School Project Core Team Meetings

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    September 4, 2019: High School Project Update at the Early Childhood Center

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    August 30, 2019: High School Project Update at James K. Polk Elementary School

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    August 30, 2019: High School Project Update at Jefferson Houston PreK-8 IB School

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to teachers.

    August 29, 2019: High School Project Update at Francis C. Hammond Middle School

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    August 29, 2019: High School Project Update at Chance for Change Academy

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    August 29, 2019: High School Project Update at George Mason Elementary School

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to teachers.

    August 29, 2019: High School Project Update at Patrick Henry K-8 School

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    August 27, 2019: High School Project Update at George Washington Middle School

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to middle school teachers.

    August 26, 2019: High School Project Update at Satellite Campus

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to school teachers.

    August 26, 2019: High School Project Update at Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to elementary school teachers.

    August 26, 2019: High School Project Update for T.C. Williams Teachers

    ACPS staff presented the results of months of work on educational program design options for the future high school experience and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to high school teachers.

    August 26, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    August 22, 2019: School Board Session on the High School Project

    ACPS staff, teachers and experts presented the culmination of months of work on high school educational design options and an analysis of building sites in Alexandria to the School Board during a work session.

    August 21, 2019: Community Outreach to New Teachers

    The High School Project team met with 213 new teachers at an event at T.C. Williams to talk about the high school project proposals.

    August 19, 2019: The High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    August 16, 2019: The High School Project Draft Report

    The High School Project Team published The High School Project: Educational Programming and Site Analysis (PDF), a draft report on the educational programming and site options for either a second high school or a connected high school network.

    August 8, 2019: Education Design Team MeetingEducation Design Meeting

    The Education Design Team met at Minnie Howard to further develop recommendations for the school board on programming for two comprehensive high schools or a one T.C. Williams connected high school network. They also developed ideas for alternative education opportunities and examined extracurricular offerings at T.C. Williams.

    August 5 and 12, 2019: High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    July 25, 2019: Education Design Team Meeting

    The Education Design Team met at Minnie Howard to work on educational programming options for a Connected High School Network.

    July 15, 22, and 29, 2019: High School Project Core Team Meeting

    The High School Project core team met at the Central Office to further manage work on educational programming, site investigation and evaluation, environmental planning, financial modeling, community engagement and scheduling. ACPS staff members, the project team of consultants, and City of Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, and Transportation and Environmental Services Departments all participate regularly in these progress meetings.

    Staff collaborating on a project

    July 11, 2019: Educational Design Team Meeting

    The Education Design Team spent time identifying and establishing educational values for the high school experience. They reviewed examples of high school models and then set to designing programming for two separate high schools and developing recommendations on the two school model for the School Board. Superintendent Dr. Hutchings also spoke with the group about the importance of their work.“We haven’t established a new high school since 1965,” he said. “This is very important work. This is going to set the stage for the next generation...this is a major decision being made that will change the trajectory of ACPS.

    July 1, 2019: High School Project Team Meeting

    The High School Project team members from ACPS, Alexandria City Government, architectural, environmental, community outreach and real estate advisors held their standing weekly project meeting. The team heard an update about the Education Design Team’s work to date and discussed the potential membership categories, member selection process, and roles of the Industry Advisory Boards. The role of the board’s of experts includes providing the Education Design Team members with insights into what is expected of workers day-to-day as well as future changes predicted for each industry. An update of preliminary site analyses that included zoning and transportation was given. The Team will work with Alexandria City Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities to explore alternatives to open space that could be compromised during build outs on potential sites. Best options to engage the community during summer months were also discussed.

    June 25, 2019: Education Design Team Meeting

    The Education Design Team - made up of teachers, staff and students - met and began considering what courses of study could exist in two distinct high schools in Alexandria. The School Board has said that two high schools do not have to offer the same program of studies. The team split into three groups to look at how to divide up courses between two high schools. The groups were: CTE/Electives, Special Education and English Learners and Core Courses. The team discovered that due to staffing and enrollment issues with the two high schools model, Alexandria City Public Schools cannot offer as many courses at either. Both schools would have fewer electives, fewer CTE courses, fewer world language, and AP courses.

    June 24, 2019: High School Project Team Meeting

    Members of The High School Project team from ACPS, Alexandria City Government, architectural, environmental, community outreach and real estate advisors met. At this meeting, ACPS and Alexandria City members said they would recommend names for those to be invited to be on the Industrial Advisory Boards by June 28. The timetable for the development planning/ environmental assessment report was discussed. Efforts are underway to plan for targeted teacher engagement in August. A communications log has been created to capture community feedback.

    June 20, 2019: High School Project Team Meeting

    Members of the High School Project team from ACPS, Alexandria City Government, architectural, environmental, community outreach and real estate advisors met. The group is guiding the preparation of a comprehensive development planning/ environmental assessment report that will be issued to the public later in summer for formal comments. This is part of a report to be provided to the School Board in September. The other aspect includes educational programming - courses for study - possibilities for a Connected High School Network or a second high school. At this meeting:

    • A preliminary schedule was presented for the Development Planning/ Environmental Assessment report;
    • Discussion held around the roles and responsibilities of the Educational Design Team and Industry Advisory Boards;
    • and opportunities for upcoming community engagement considered.

    June 17, 2019: Education Design Team Meeting

    The EDT met and reviewed the rich offerings at T.C. Williams, including 33 AP classes, 17 Career and Technical Education pathways, seven language options, dual enrollment as well as five middle school courses in math and language where students can get high school credits. They reviewed the purview of the Board’s motion and are preparing to explore programming options for two high schools as well as for a Connected High School Network at one T.C. Williams.

    June 10, 2019: School Board Workshop

    Since March 21, 2019, the HSP team has been preparing for a comparative analysis of programming and site options for a second comprehensive high school as well as a Connected High School Network at T.C. Williams. At this work meeting of the school board the HSP team shared the presentation that has been given to the public (PDF) at the open houses and identified key concerns of the school board to inform their study and analysis.

    June 8, 2019: High School Project Open House at George Washington Middle School

    On June 8, the HSP team held an Open House at George Washington Middle School to present information about the options being considered to build a 21 century high school program, increase access to opportunities and capacity for all our students. The material provides information about what T.C. Williams has right now and what needs to be considered to either expand those opportunities or provide an additional high school for City students. View the material (PDF).

    June 7, 2019: High School Project Open House at Ferdinand T. Day

    On June 7, the HSP team held an Open House at Ferdinand T. Day School to present information about the options being considered to build a 21 century high school program, increase access to opportunities and capacity for all our students. The material provides information about what T.C. Williams has right now and what needs to be considered to either expand those opportunities or provide an additional high school for City students.

    June 5, 2019: Minnie Howard Lunch

    On Wednesday, June 5, the Superintendent had lunch with more than 50 students at Minnie Howard to discuss the High School Project. Students were told that we are considering whether to have two high schools or expand T.C. Williams into a Connected High School Network, and it was explained that in either case 9-12 graders will learn together. The students were asked for their ideas, concerns and thoughts on the future of high school for Alexandria.

    Superintendent Lunch at Minnie Howard

    June 4, 2019: High School Project Open House

    On Tuesday evening, June 4, the Superintendent held a Chat for the public on the High School Project at T.C. Williams. The topic: whether to develop a Connected High School Network at T.C. Williams or build a second high school for Alexandria. There was also an open house that provided factual information on the two options as well as how the education design team, site search and facilities are working together to find ways to expand capacity for secondary students while giving them more curriculum choices. Public feedback was encouraged through the use of comment cards.

    May 29, 2019: T.C. Williams Lunch

    On May 29, the Superintendent had lunch with more than 50 students at T.C. Williams to discuss the High School Project. Students were informed that we are considering two ways forward, one would keep one high school and expand it onto other campuses and the second option would create two distinct high schools. Students were also told that with either option, all students in grades 9-12 would be learning together.The students were invited to weigh in with their ideas, thoughts and concerns over having two high schools in Alexandria or expanding T.C. Williams into a connected high school network.

    May 23, 2019: School Board Meeting

    On May 23, staff updated the School Board on The High School Project and detailed work that will run through the summer months. The Educational Design Team (EDT), responsible for developing course offerings, will soon meet for the first time and in the coming weeks, local business, community, and higher education leaders will be asked to join the conversation. At the same time, the team is engaging both the students and wider community to provide them with information about a T.C. Williams Connected High School Network as well as what it would take to build a second comprehensive high school in the city.

    May 20, 2019: Meeting with Student Leadership

    On May 20, the Superintendent met with student leadership at T.C. Williams High School to discuss the High School Project. The students provided feedback and ideas on what they would like the future of high school to look like in Alexandria.

    April 25, 2019: School Board Meeting

    On April 25, the school board was brought up to date on the High School Project. Work on the High School Project going forward will continue with two main focuses – defining the programming and defining the construction/site requirements. This update includes progress in the planning and outlines the Educational Design Team, Industry Advisory Boards and work going forward.

    March 22, 2019: Community Meeting

    The Ethiopian & Eritrean Alliance for Education held a dinner and meeting at Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School.

    Word Cloud for Ethiopian Meeting

    February 12, 2019: Community Meeting at Francis C. Hammond Middle School

    The Family and Community Engagement team had coffee with Hammond parents to fill them in on the high school project plans and hear their ideas. Some of their thoughts are captured in the word cloud. Originally, this meeting was scheduled in January but was postponed due to weather. The discussion was led by our consultants, Stantec Architecture.

    Word Cloud

    February 21, 2019: School Board Meeting

    The Board was updated on the next steps in the High School Project, including an outline of the timeline to design programming and assessment of potential sites.

    February 21, 2019: Announcement of Early College (EC) program

    ACPS announced an innovative partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to launch an Early College High School program for 400 students from T.C. Williams High School.

    January 24, 2019: School Board Meeting

    At the January 24, 2019 School Board Meeting, Dr. Hutchings recommends that the School Board approve the connected high school network strategy to allow staff to continue to explore site and program options.

    January 18, 2019: The High School Project Recommendation FAQ and Executive Summary

    See the The High School Project Recommendation Frequently Asked Questions, which explains the benefits of a connected high school network model and the importance of the Board's anticipated vote on January 24.

    See the Executive Summary (PDF) being provided to the School Board.

    January 17, 2019: The High School Project Podcast Ep. 3: What the January 24 Vote Means for ACPS

    Dr. Hutchings makes his recommendation for a vote in favor of the connected high school network at the January 24, 2019 school board meeting. Listen to Episode 3 to understand what this means.

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    January 16, 2019: Upcoming School Board Community Meeting

    On January 24, the School Board is scheduled to vote on the superintendent’s recommendation for a connected high school campus model. They are hosting a final community session where you can come out to learn more and express your views about this proposal.

    School Board Community Meeting on the High School Project
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    7:30-8:30 p.m.
    Charles Houston Recreation Center
    901 Wythe St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

    January 11, 2019: Upcoming Community Meetings

    January 11, 2019: High School Project Background

    To help the new School Board members — inducted on January 7 — make an informed decision on January 24, ACPS has collected all background research documents from the project into one place (PDF).

    January 10, 2019: Dr. Hutchings Presents Recommendation for a "connected high school network"

    At the January 10, 2019 School Board Meeting, Dr. Hutchings presented his recommendation for a "connected high school network."

    January 7, 2019: The High School Project Podcast Ep. 2: Is Alexandria ready for a "connected high school network"?

    This week Dr. Hutchings is recommending a "connected high school network" as the solution for the future of high school in Alexandria. Find out what this means and why it is recommended.

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    December 20, 2018: School Board Meeting: Cost Estimates and Site Discussion

    December 13, 2018: Op Ed and Poll in Alexandria Times

    Read Dr. Hutchings' op ed article in the Alexandria Times, "The future of the high school should be more than a fleeting holiday wish." (PDF).

    Vote in the Poll of the Week, which asks, "What should the school board's priority be when it votes on the T.C. Williams capacity issue?" We are interested in the results and encourage you to vote.

    December 10, 2018: Meeting with Minnie Howard Staff

    Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. met with Minnie Howard staff to discuss the proposed educational vision and strategy for The High School Project.

    Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. meeting with Minnie Howard staff

    The Superintendent also met separately with teachers from the International Academy.

    Superintendent with International Academy

    December 6, 2018: The High School Project: Update to Discover and Engage Phase

    Since the November 26 work session, the Superintendent and administrative staff have held two TC Williams staff conversations to obtain feedback and provide an update on the project status. Also, the administrative staff has conducted an evening community workshop, and met with students at Francis C. Hammond Middle School. Numerous community and school engagements at every level are being scheduled through January 2019. Discover more.

    December 3, 2018: Chief Operating Officer Mignon Anthony on The Kojo Nnamdi Amazon Roadshow

    Chief Operating Officer Mignon Anthony was invited to appear as a guest on the WAMU Kojo Nnamdi Roadshow on Amazon's New headquarters in Northern Virginia where she talked about The High School Project as an integral partner in the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus project.

    Discover more.

    The edited roadshow will air on Thursday December 6 on WAMU from 12 to 1 p.m.

    Chief Operating Officer Mignon Anthony on The Kojo Nnamdi Amazon Roadshow

    November 27, 2018: Community Workshop

    Around 30 parents, staff and community members attended a community workshop on The High School Project onNovember 27 at the King Street Campus of T.C. Williams High School. With the arrival of Amazon, and the announcement of the Virginia Tech partnership with ACPS to create opportunities as a result of the new Innovation Campus, this project just gets more and more exciting and this was an opportunity for community members to hear about where we are up to in the process, the new opportunities that are on the table, and design a model that they think would work for the future of the high school.

    Community Workshop

    November 27, 2018: Dr. Hutchings on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

    Listen to Dr. Hutchings on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM discussing the opportunities for future high school students, thanks to our partnership with Virginia Tech and the arrival of Amazon.

    Computing Sciences outreach program for high school students

    November 26, 2018: School Board Work Session

    During the work session, the School Board made a decison to move the date of the vote on the educational vision for The High Schoo Project to January 24, 2019. They expressed concern that the December 6, 2018 date on which the vote was scheduled was too soon to vote on such an important decision. They also felt that the decision would be best made by the new School Board, which is sworn in on January 7, as they would be the Board to carry the project forward.

    November 20, 2018: Meeting with staff from T.C. Williams High School King Street Campus

    Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. discussed the research and options on the table that were previously presented to the School Board with T.C. staff. Staff wanted to ensure the high school maintains diversity in any future academic programming; separate campuses will not mean increased alienation; we can continue to offer the variety of options that we currently offer; the costs associated with smaller campuses would not be prohibitive; and we can continue to recruit good staff for any campus or academy.

    Dr. Hutchings meeting with TC staff

    November 13, 2018: Partnership with Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus

    ACPS is proud to be part of a historic partnership with Virginia Tech, as part of the deal to bring Amazon’s new headquarters to Northern Virginia. The partnership with Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus will increase investment in the tech-talent pipeline and give ACPS access to new resources related to computer science education. These resources include ongoing professional development for current and future teachers, high-quality curriculum and related resources, summer and after-school programming for students, and meaningful career exposure and work-based learning opportunities in high-demand fields. Read more.

    Virginia Tech announcement

    November 8, 2018: Presentation to the School Board

    See the Memo (PDF) and Presentation (PDF) to the School Board on November 8, 2018. Watch the video of the presentation and discussion.

    School Board meeting

    November 5, 2018: The High School Project Podcast Ep. 1

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    October 9th & 10th, 2018: Town Hall Meetings

    On Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10, community members and parents were invited to attend four town hall listening sessions to give input around their vision for the skills needed in the future high school graduate.

    Presentation (PDF)

    Town Hall Meeting word cloud

    September 27 and October 3, 2018: Business and Higher Education Focus Groups

    On Thursday, September 27 and Wednesday, October 3, business leaders and members of higher education institutions gathered at in Old Town to take part in two focus groups around their vision for the future of the high school, the future needs of the workforce and the skills they wanted to see in future graduates.

    Here's what they had to say.

    Word cloud

    September 17, 2018: High School Staff Feedback

    On September 17, staff from T.C. Williams High School took part in five separate sessions, including a survey around their hopes and fears and their vision for the future high school. The superintendent met staff to discuss their collective vision drawn from this survey data on November 1.

    Here is what staff had to say.

    High School Staff Feedback (PDF)

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    September 13, 2018: Dr. Hutchings on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

    Kojo checks in with the school district’s new superintendent –– an Alexandria native and T.C. Williams graduate –– to discuss his approach.

    Dr. Hutchings on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

    August 14, 2018: Student Focus Groups

    On Tuesday, August 14, 61 students from T.C. Williams High School and other high schools in Alexandria took part in five focus groups around their vision for the future of the high school.

    Here's what they had to say.

    August Word cloud image

    We will be following up with these students at two more focus groups between now and January to see if we are meeting their expectations.

    August 13, 2018: Public Launch

    On Monday, August 13, 2018, The High School Project: Inspiring a Future for Alexandria was launched publicly.
    View the announcement.

    July 2018: Staff Visioning Session

    The High School Project: Inspiring a Future for Alexandria kicked off in July 2018 with a visioning session with principals and administrators. It included drawing up guiding principles for The High School Project and brainstorming the What, Why and What Could Be.

    Work Session Notes