Archive for 'Education'

ACPS: total cost of T.C. lights could reach $3.5 million

ACPS: total cost of T.C. lights could reach $3.5 million

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Officials with Alexandria City Public Schools sought last week to reassure residents that lights at T.C. Williams’ football stadium would not cause year-round nighttime use of the field. But Seminary Hill [...]

ACPS schools ‘locked in’ following report of man with gun

ACPS schools ‘locked in’ following report of man with gun

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Updated at 2:50 p.m. UPDATE: ACPS schools all are dismissing students normally, with the exception of Maury Elementary School, officials said. At Maury, students who take the bus are being dismissed normally, [...]

ACPS: Lights feasible at T.C.

ACPS: Lights feasible at T.C.

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Lighting up T.C. Williams’ football field is doable, Alexandria City Public Schools officals announced last week. At a September 4 school board meeting, district director of educational facilities William Holley said [...]

Private school celebrates largest ever donation

Private school celebrates largest ever donation

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Alexandria Country Day School officials announced Tuesday that an anonymous donor has presented the school with a $3 million gift, the largest in the school’s 31-year history. The financial windfall will [...]

T.C. Williams student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

T.C. Williams student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Katie Callahan (Photo/ACPS) T.C. Williams student Maddy Dooley is preparing for the performance of a lifetime. The sousaphone player has performed on a big stage before, but this one comes with an audience of about [...]

New Jefferson-Houston principal stresses individual academic growth

New Jefferson-Houston principal stresses individual academic growth

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Christopher Phillips, the incoming principal of Jefferson-Houston School, believes there is more to education than preparing for standardized tests. “If you teach them to the master the material, they can take [...]

ACPS stagnates on state test scores

ACPS stagnates on state test scores

By Erich Wagner (Image/Ashleigh Carter) While schools like Patrick Henry Elementary School made sharp gains on newly released Standards of Learning test results, many schools stagnated or saw their test scores drop. Alexandria City Public Schools [...]

Capacity projects, analytics help ACPS grapple with growing enrollment

Capacity projects, analytics help ACPS grapple with growing enrollment

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As families prepare to return to school this fall by buying pencils, notebooks and calculators, Alexandria City Public Schools officials are again bracing for a bump in the number of students [...]

Jefferson-Houston ready for its close-up

Jefferson-Houston ready for its close-up

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) The new Jefferson-Houston School building may incorporate architectural elements from the surrounding historic Parker Gray neighborhood on the outside, but its innards are designed with innovations intended to maximize learning. Just [...]

McAuliffe will not appeal OEI ruling

McAuliffe will not appeal OEI ruling

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced last week that he would not appeal a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the controversial Opportunity Educational Institution is unconstitutional. The agency, created by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell [...]