The High School Project: Upcoming Engagement Opportunities
With the new calendar year quickly approaching, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is encouraging families to engage in the academic advisory process early. The High School Project, which includes the opening of the new Alexandria City High School (ACHS) Minnie Howard Campus in August 2024 as part of the Connected High School Network, will play an important role as families consider their students’ options.
Academic advisement will begin in December, with more information for families coming in the Dec. 8, 2023, ACPS Express. School counselors work with students to guide them in making course selections that support their goals. Family involvement plays a key role in this process. We encourage families to sit down with your student and review the Program of Studies, once available in January, and its course offerings to create lists of potential classes that support your child’s goals. Families can also help identify one or more ACHS academic academies and pathways that are in alignment with your child’s future plans. We will launch a new webpage that will outline the Academies of Alexandria City High School to assist with this process.
ACPS has prepared engagement opportunities for families to learn more about educational programming, including the upcoming Academic Orientation and Curriculum Night and the Middle School Elective Fair and Curriculum Night.
Academic Orientation and Curriculum Night
Alexandria City High School King Street Campus
Jan. 9, 2024, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (back up date: Jan. 17, 2024 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Academic Orientation and Curriculum Night is an informative and interactive event designed for students and their families to explore elective and core course options available to students during the 2024-25 school year. The event will include:
- Academic Advising Fair: Various courses are showcased, providing information about different courses at ACHS.
- Breakout Sessions:
- Academies and Pathways.
- Discussion of Graduation Requirements: Explaining the necessary criteria for students to fulfill for graduation.
- Course Offerings and Sequencing: Exploring the courses and sequence of courses available at ACHS.
- Advanced Courses: Students and families have an opportunity to interact with current ACHS students enrolled in Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses.
Current grade eight students and families can attend specialized breakout sessions to learn about the following:
- Academies and Pathways.
- Governor’s Health Sciences: Information session dedicated to understanding the Governor’s Health Sciences pathways of study at ACHS and the application process.
- AVID College Readiness: Information session highlighting the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program and application process.
- Post-Secondary Preparation: Information provided by the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.
Middle School Elective Fair and Curriculum Night
Francis C. Hammond Middle School
Jan. 11, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m.
George Washington Middle School
Jan. 17, 2024, 5:30-7 p.m.
The Middle School Elective Fair and Curricular Night is an opportunity for students and families to gain insight into the curriculum covered in grade-level content classes and preview electives.
- The High School Project