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About ACPS - Fast Facts

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  • Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) serves more than 15,000 students who hail from more than 125 countries and speak 87 languages. ACPS has 16 schools, including two middle schools, one preK-8 school and the internationally recognized T.C. Williams High School. ACPS is committed to ensuring that each and every student succeeds.

    MISSION

    Every student succeeds: Educating lifelong learners and inspiring civic responsibility. See the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan for our divisionwide goals.

    Enrollment (as of September 30, 2016): 15,056

    Additional enrollment data is available via the ACPS iDashboard.

    Budget FY 2017

    Number of Schools

    • 12 Elementary
    • 1 Pre K-8
    • 2 Middle
    • 1 High School (2 campuses)
    • 16 Total

    Class Size Caps

    Kindergarten: 22
    Grade 1: 24
    Grade 2: 24
    Grade 3: 26
    Grade 4: 26
    Grade 5: 26

    At the middle and high school levels, the Virginia Standards of Quality establish student to teacher ratios instead of class size caps. The School Board complies with these ratios, codified in the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 22.1-253.13:2.

    See School Board Policy IHB (PDF) and Regulation IHB (PDF) for details.

    Student Demographics (as of September 30, 2015)

    • Asian: 4.63%
    • Black: 29.32%
    • Hispanic: 36.00%
    • White: 27.10%
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.16%
    • Native American: 0.21%
    • Multi-racial: 2.58%
    • Countries of birth: 134
    • Native languages: 113

    Graduates

    • Graduates (June 2015): 694
    • AP courses offered at T.C. Williams High: 27
    • National Merit Scholarship Recipients: 1
    • National Merit Scholarship Finalists: 3
    • National Achievement Scholarship Finalists: 1
    • AP exams taken: 1,968
    • AP scores of 3 or higher: 55%

    Special Programs

    • Eligible for free or reduced price meals: 58.28%
    • Receiving talented and gifted services: 11.03%
    • Students requiring English Learners (EL) services: 29.42%
    • Students receiving special education services: 10.47%

    Teachers

    • Teachers: 1,415
    • Advanced degrees: 77%
    • Teacher starting salary (BA): $46,773
    • Teacher starting salary (MA): $53,651
    • Teacher average salary: $72,705
    • National Board Certified: 49
    • Other licensed staff: 220
    • Support staff: 717

    * School divisions categorize and calculate information in different ways. For comparison purposes, please review the The Washington Area Boards of Education (WABE) Guide which compares local school divisions based on common factors.

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