City of Alexandria Academy Programs
Alexandria City Academy
The programs provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the City government's wide range of functions, services, activities and issues through first-hand experience, interaction with staff, and how to become engaged and involved in the community.
The Spring 2024 Session of the Alexandria City Academy is scheduled to start Thursday, March 14 ending on Thursday, May 9. Graduation is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 14. Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at various locations throughout the City.
The application period will open soon . Please check back in early February for more information about the Spring session.
For additional information, email CityAcademy@alexandriava.gov.
Community Police Academy
The Alexandria Police Department is now accepting applications for the 50th Session of the Community Police Academy.
The Spring 2024 Community Police Academy will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Police Department’s Headquarters at 3600 Wheeler Avenue in the Community Room. Classes begin on Wednesday, March 6, and will end with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 8. The classes are a combination of presentations and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, K9, 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.
The application process for the Spring 2024 session of the Community Police Academy is now open. Follow the below link to learn more and to apply.
Sheriff's Community Academy
This informative four-week experience 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 approximately 300 inmates every day. Also discover how the Sheriff's Office enhances public safety through a variety of specialized services and outreach programs.
The Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 session. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays on April 6, 13, 20 and 27, with a graduation event on May 4.
Community Fire Academy
This Academy will educate 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 first responders.
The spring 2024 session of the Community Fire Academy will begin on Wednesday, March 13 and ends with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 1.
The application process for the spring 2024 is now closed. Check back for information about the fall 2024 session of the Community Fire Academy.
The next session of the Senior Services Community Academy will be held in the Fall of 2024.
Classes will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This four-week course is designed to provide Alexandria's older adults 60+ with an opportunity to gain exposure to the City’s various government functions, learn about local organizations that provide services and programs to Alexandria’s older adults, and hear how to become engaged and involved in the community!
The Senior Academy is a free program for older adults 60 and over who either live or work in the City of Alexandria.
Information about the next session will be posted here during the summer of 2024.
Enrollment is limited to 25 City residents age 60 and older.
Senior Services of Alexandria (seniorservicesalex.org)
Community Commonwealth's Attorney Academy
Plans for a future 3-week Commonwealth's Attorney Community Academy will be posted here. 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. Email Sarayu.Kulumani@alexandriava.gov for information on the next session.
Plans for a future session will be posted here. This course is an opportunity to become an Eco-City Ambassador, take actions to increase Alexandria’s sustainability, learn about environmental challenges and contribute to daily sustainable practices to reach the City’s objectives for the Environmental Action Plan 2040. Special tours may be included.