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The High School Project Instructional Updates

The academies and pathways model at ACHS will allow approximately 4,600 students to engage in small learning communities. During the 2024-25 school year, ACHS will open six focused academies. The academies that will be offered at ACHS are Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy; Business and Government Academy; Education, Liberal Arts, and Human Services Academy; Visual, Performing and Applied Arts Academy; Global Studies Academy; and General Studies Academy.

Learn more at Academies at Alexandria City site

The High School Project Team (THSPT) continues to plan for the educational experience of students at Alexandria City High School (ACHS) with core values and drivers of instructional excellence, equity, student achievement and growth, and multiple pathways that prepare students for college, career, and civic life.

The THSPT has contracted with The Learning-Centered Collaborative to continue the work that is needed to prepare for the opening of the new Minnie Howard Campus and the impact on other campuses in the Connected Network. There has been a review of completed work from the Educational Design Team and it will inform the path forward to developing an action plan.

The educational programming planning will include:

  • Development of Learner Profile & Learning Model aligned with Profile of a Virginia Graduate and Curricular Framework Standards
  • Development of learning pathways
  • Revision of the ACPS Program of Studies
  • Student placement based on learning pathways
  • Master schedule development
  • Staff professional development
  • Ongoing executive coaching for current administration

Presentations to the ACPS School Board

Educational Programming Community Meetings

  • Mon., Oct. 16, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.–Educational Programming update: The Office of Capital Programs, Planning, and Design team held a virtual community meeting to provide an update on the Minnie Howard design, construction timelines, and construction site logistics. The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership shared updates on the instructional programming process.
  • Thur., Oct. 26, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.–Program of Studies–Understanding Academies and Pathways
  • Thur., Feb. 15, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.–Understanding Academic Advisement
  • Thur., April 18, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.–Community Q&A