George Mason Elementary School - Alexandria, VA
A recent study from, “10 Best Cities To Use Public Schools,” has ranked public schools in Fairfax County and Alexandria, Virginia as the BEST in the U.S.A.  The study does note Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is considered better than Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS).

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Fairfax County) listed as the best magnet high school in the Northern Virginia area.

The study analyzed data from several key areas, including SAT and ACT scores, graduation rates, student-to-teacher ratio, per-pupil spending and crimes per square mile.

Rounding out the top five (5) public schools in the U.S.A. were Scottsdale, AZ, Austin, TX, Charleston, SC, and Raleigh, NC.

For the full list and more information, including the methodology used to determine the rankings, visit this link.

(Flickr Pool photo via Jim Larrison, on Flickr)


DASH Back-to-School Supply Drive Donate & Ride Free!: Wednesday, August 24th!

Summer vacation is just about over and that means it’s time to gear up for another school year with the DASH Bus Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive!

Last year, with your support, the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) was able to help more than 2,500 students start off the year right with backpacks and essential school supplies!

This year, DASH Bus wants to help do the same. Their goal is to provide 3,000 ACPS students with the right tools to kick the school year off.

On Wednesday, August 24, DASHers who donate NEW, unopened school supplies (i.e. backpacks, notebooks, pencils, etc.) will receive a FREE ride on DASH (to be used at that time).
Drop your donation in the yellow bag that will be located in the front of the bus with the Bus Operator.

Thank you for your support!



Alexandria, Virginia schools to CLOSE Tuesday

After initially declaring a 2-hour delay, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) are now closed Tuesday, February 16, 2016. This is likely due to the condition of the sidewalks which remain VERY slippery this morning due to last night’s freezing rain.

Administrative offices will open at 10:00 AM this morning.

Schools Delays

Alexandria City Public Schools opening 2 hours late Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Kindergarten through grade 12 and Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) students report two hours later than regular opening time. Morning pre-K programs (Early Childhood Special Education and Preschoolers Learning Together) report two hours later than regular opening time, and dismissed one hour later than usual. Afternoon pre-K reports one hour later than regular opening time and is dismissed at the regular time. Emergency personnel report at regular time. Non-administrative licensed staff, paraprofessionals and school security officers report as soon as possible but no later than 20 minutes before the announced opening of school. All other staff report at regular time. Bus drivers/bus monitors report two hours later than regular time.

T.C. Williams High School has announced the appointment of a new head football coach.

James Longerbeam, who will be moving from Panama City, Florida for the role, will start as Head Coach at T.C. Williams on February 16.

Longerbeam previously taught at Bay High School in Panama City, where he led the Bay High football team to an 8-3 record and Bay County Champions. He was recently named 2015 Panhandle Coach of the Year.

“T.C. has a long and important history of athletic success and our football team is particularly important to us as it has helped to give T.C. its reputation. We are very excited to welcome Coach Longerbeam and hope he will be very happy with us. We wish him every success,” said Athletic Director Steve Colantuoni.

Longerbeam has experience rebuilding football teams. When he took over the program at Bay High School he was the third coach in four years and the team had not had a winning season since 2004. Prior to Bay High School, he coached at Loris high School in South Carolina, which had not had a winning season in more than a decade. By his fourth season, they had back to back winning seasons. They also made the playoffs and were the district runner-ups.


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Alexandria City School Board late last week approved the selection of Moseley Architects to design the new Patrick Henry school and recreation center.

Moseley Architects has the experience of working in Alexandria City and was responsible for the design of T.C. Williams High School, which was completed in 2007. The decision to use Moseley was made jointly by staff from both the City of Alexandria and Alexandria City Public Schools. The architect will be tasked with designing both the new school and new recreation center to meet the minimum of LEED Silver standard.

The School Board added a comment about pre-K prior to approving the contract to ensure that the usage of floor space in the new building remains flexible. The architect will be charged with exploring flexible classroom spaces in the event that pre-K classrooms may need to be converted to elementary classrooms.

“This is an exciting time for Alexandria City Public Schools and the City of Alexandria as we launch into the creative work of designing the new school and recreation center of the future. We look forward to working with both the community and the architects to ensure that we achieve a quality educational and community facility,” said ACPS Chief Operating Officer Clarence Stukes.


George Mason Elementary School - Alexandria, VA

School Board Holds Firm on Implementation Date for Redistricting

On Thursday, the Alexandria City School Board voted to extend the redistricting process into the fall of 2016 in order to be able to deliver accurate details around the location of the new West End school, School Board polices that will affect redistricting and finalization of the ACPS and City budgets before new school boundaries are drawn.

Both the location of a new school in the West End and whether the City will be able to fund it will not be known until late May. Decisions around moving pre-K to a new central location will also be finalized around the same time.

While the adjusted timeline alters the schedule for decision points in the process, it does not change the final implementation date for new boundaries. The implementation of new school boundaries is still planned for the start of the 2017-18 school year.


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