Alexandria City Academy

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

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The application period for the spring 2019 session is now closed.  Information regarding the fall 2019 session will be updated here at a later time. Thank You.

City Academy participants will learn about the many responsibilities and functions of the City Government, the relationships between City Departments and the community, and how services are provided. The Academy's goal is to educate the public and increase awareness about what their local government does for them, provide an inside look into government operations, and develop a better understanding of their role in city government. This program will also prepare individuals for public service on a board, commission or task force or other involvement in the City's governance.

Classes meet every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please Note: during the 2019 spring session there will be one Saturday morning class on Saturday, April 6. For more information, contact Elaine Scott at  elaine.scott@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4317.  


Spring 2019 Curriculum


Class #1 - Thursday, march 14

Presentation (8.1MB)

  • Welcome
  • Class Introduction
  • Meet the  City Manager
  • Overview of the City Government
  •  City Clerk and Clerk of Council
  • Communications & Public Information
  • Brief History of Alexandria
  • Human Resources

Class #2 - THURSDAY, march 21

Presentation (11.9MB)

  • Meet the Mayor
  • Visit Alexandria
  • Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
  • Finance
  •  Real Estate
  • Management and Budget

Class #3 - THURSDAY, march 28

Presentation (9.9MB)

  • Office of Performance & Accountability
  • General Services
  • Information Technology
  • Housing
  • Planning & Zoning

Class #4 - thursday, april 4

Presentation (2.8MB)

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office


Class #5 - saturday, april 6

Presentation (7.0MB)

  • Alexandria Fire Department

Class #6 - thursday, april 11

Presentation (4.3MB)

  • Alexandria Health Department
  • Community & Human Services

Class #7 - Thursday, April 18 

Presentation (6.3MB)

  • Code Administration
  • Alexandria Transit Services (DASH)
  • Transportation & Environmental Services
     

Class #8 - thursday, april 25

Presentation (9.9MB)

      • Alexandria Library
      • Recreation, parks and Cultural Activities
        • Mobile art Van
      • Historic Alexandria

      Class #9 - Thursday, may 2 

      Presentation (2.5MB)

      • Human Rights
      • Voter Registration
      • Judicial System
      • Legislative Process

      CLASS #10 - THURSDAY, MAY 9 

      Presentation (4.1MB)

      • Alexandria Police Department
      • Department of Emergency Communications (DEC)
      • K-9 Unit

      GRADUATION: Tuesday, May 14


      Comments

      The City Academy was a great opportunity to view all levels of our City government and services. More importantly, the Academy has empowered me as a citizen to lead from my corner of the City. - Claudette M


      Alexandria City Academy is a well-organized learning experience. The 9-week course is jam packed full of information from every city department. My three-fold takeaway: a better understanding of how local government works; a first-hand observation of how passionate our city employees are about what they do; and a sincere desire to get involved.  - Karen Skelton, Spring 2017


      Participating in City Academy made me proud to be an Alexandrian: Not only did we hear how the City government works--from City leaders themselves--but we also learned about the great resources and services that Alexandria provides to its citizens. City Academy gave me a better appreciation for the City, as well as the tools to get involved further.  - Holly, Spring 2017


      I thoroughly enjoyed my experience going through the Alexandria Citizen's Academy. I not only learned about quite a bit about how our city operates but it gave me insight into some of the challenges and difficult decisions that have to be made on my behalf as a resident. I was so impressed with the level of engagement from the city employees and managers, the program coordinator and all the other services that support us, like the Police, Fire and Sheriff's department. Lastly, it was so much fun to meet other participants. I am definitely a more informed and proud Alexandrian resident.  - Marie M., Spring 2017


      I went into this course hoping to better understand where our tax money goes. My wife and I, residents of Alexandria for 35+ years, are both concerned about being able to afford to live in Alexandria after we retire given the increasing property taxes. Understanding how the city operates is critical to this concern.


      I definitely learned about how complex the city's operations are and why there are so many different roles, responsibilities, and jobs. In most cases the balance provided in the course between tactical day to day concerns and more long term and strategic concerns was pretty good. I definitely came away for the most part with very good impressions of the caliber of the people we have working for us. - Dennis M., Spring 2017


      "The class has exceeded my expectations and has given me valuable information on how our city government functions and level of effort all of our city officials put into making our government work… The Alexandria City Academy has been one of my greatest learning experiences since I've moved to the area and it's empowered me to do more, care more, and give more to help our town prosper and flourish into the future!"  -Mason Butler, Spring 2017


      As a resident of Alexandria, I had the opportunity to attend for 9 weeks the "Alexandria City Academy," which was a unique and enriching experience.

      I learned about the City Council and all their responsibilities. The Academy covered all what the city offers and all what they do to keep the city operational and safe for the community.  The class had the opportunity to visit other city facilities across the City.  Appreciate  City Staff taking time from their busy schedule to give us an idea of their responsibilities. - Jenny R., Spring 2017


      "The Alexandria City Academy was a unique and enriching experience. I learned so much about the city, and the participants-students and educators alike-were super excited and informative. If you're interested in getting more involved in city affairs or simply learning more about them, I recommend you apply for this program." - Thomas S., Spring 2015 Academy Session


      "The Alexandria City Academy affords citizens a detailed but personal perspective about the myriad city departments and services. Alexandria may be a smaller city, but it provides many services that citizens just don't know about. The academy puts citizens face to face with city officials and personnel who know the intricacies of our great town. I highly recommend the academy. I feel more informed, more in touch, and more knowledgeable." - Hendrick B., Fall 2014 Academy Session


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