One High School Model
The expanded T.C. Williams approach would deliver educational programming - or courses of study - at one or more buildings linked to the King Street campus. This innovative approach - also known as a campus model - will expand programs to several more locations to address high school capacity while integrating students into the fabric of Alexandria City.
All students would graduate from T.C. Williams, but, much like college students, they could take classes in buildings located in different places in the city. In a Connected High School Network, different buildings can house one or multiple programs. Ultimately, we need additional learning space for 1600 students, this could be in one building of 312,000 square feet with co-located programs, or it could be divided into several smaller learning environments. This would create opportunities to have campuses associated with partners in higher education and businesses, much like the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams.
The concept is already in practice at T.C. Williams at the Satellite Campus, where students learn at a different location in a self-directed environment, primarily online and with a flexible schedule, at Chance for Change Academy, another off campus learning place that provides education in a smaller setting that helps some students learn better, and at the STEM Academy along with the entire 9th grade at the Minnie Howard campus. Then the International Academy and the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy are co-located programs on T.C. Williams King Street campus.