City of Alexandria Academies

The City of Alexandria Academies are educational programs designed to inform, educate, engage and provide those who live or work in the City a better understanding of local government operations, services and programs available to the community. Information and experiences gained will encourage participants to help foster a thriving Alexandria by creating a closer working relationship between the community and local government

Page updated on Feb 16, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Alexandria City Academy

The Alexandria City Academy is a virtual nine-week course that provides participants with the opportunity to learn about City government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues.

For more information about the program visit the Alexandria City Academy website.

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Alexandria Community Fire Academy

Held virtually on Tuesday evenings for six weeks, this Academy will educate the Alexandria community members about fire safety and emergency medical response, while learning about the history, administration, operations, and apparatus of an urban public safety agency. Participants will also learn about a "day in the life" of a firefighter/medic. 

 For more information about the program visit the Alexandria Community Fire Academy website.

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Alexandria Community Commonwealth's Attorney Academy

The 3-week Commonwealth's Attorney Community Academy will be held  virtually on Wednesdays in May. The Academy will discuss a variety of topics ranging from lectures steered by assistant prosecutors, Victim Witness Advocates and information about advancements in Virginia Law. Each session will also allow time for question and answer discourse. Visit  Commonwealth's Attorney Community Academy or call 703.746.4100 for more information.

Alexandria Community Police Academy

Held virtually on Wednesday evenings for six weeks,  the classes are a combination of presentations and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations team. The curriculum covers the core elements  that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations. 

For more information about the program visit the  Alexandria Community Police Academy website.

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Eco-City Academy

Held virtually on Wednesdays for six weeks this is an opportunity to become an Eco-City Ambassador, take actions to make our City more sustainable, learn about environmental challenges, and contribute to daily sustainable practices to reach the adopted 2019 goals of the City. Special tours may be included. 

For more information and application, visit the Eco-City website.  

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Alexandria Senior Academy

 Senior Services of Alexandria will be hosting a Virtual Spring Academy beginning Wednesday, April 7 – 10 -11:30 am and continuing Wednesday morning during the month of April – 14, 21 and 28.  This four-week course will feature overview from city officials and departments on how the city operates with an emphasis on programs and services for older adults.  It is a free session via zoom.

For more information visit

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Alexandria Community Sheriff's Academy

The spring session has been postponed. The informative four-week experience held on Saturday mornings explores the role of the Sheriff's Office in Alexandria's criminal justice system.  Learn about your Sheriff's Office by touring the jail, going behind the scene at the courthouse, and meeting with deputies responsible for the care and custody of nearly 400 inmates every day. Also discover how the Sheriff's Office enhances public safety through a variety of specialized services and outreach programs. Visit Alexandria Community Sheriff's Academy.

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For reasonable disability accommodation, contact or 703.746.4317, Virginia Relay 711.