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The Alexandria City Academy - Curriculum
(For Residents and Businesses)

Classes start Thursday, September 11 and will run for nine Thursdays, ending on November 6. Each class will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.; light refreshments will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please note the various locations of the classes. The Graduation Ceremony will be held in November during the City Council Legislative Meeting.

The Academy is designed to develop civic leadership and build a stronger city through well-informed and engaged residents and business owners. This program will also prepare individuals for public service on a board, commission, task force or other involvement in the City’s governance.

For additional information, contact Elaine Scott at 703.746.4317 or by email:

Session 1: September 11

Getting to Know Your City Government 
City Hall - Council Workroom - 301 King Street

  • Welcome
  • Meet The Mayor and The City Manager
  • Brief History of Alexandria
  • Overview of Government Organization
  • Council-Appointed Boards and Commissions
  • City Employment
  • Communications and Public Information
  • Community Engagement Division
  • Overview of the Alexandria City Public School System

Session 2: September 18

Community Development
City Hall - Council Workroom 

  • Promoting the City's Economic Development
    • Alexandria Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVA)
    • Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP)
  • Affordable/Subsidized Housing  
  • Land Use Planning
  • Zoning: Map, Regulations, Processes
  • Historic Preservation/BAR


Session 3: September 25

 Public Safety (Fire)
Fire Administration - Station 204 - 900 Second Street 

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire and EMS Services


Session 4: October 2

Alexandria Health Department
Community and Human Services

Alexandria Department of Health - 4480 King Street

  • Public Health
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Assistance Programs
  • JobLink 
  • Youth Programs
  • MH/MR/SA Services


Session 5: October 9

 Finances and Support Services 
City Hall - Council Workroom

  • Finance Department (Treasury & Revenue Divisions)
  • Overview 2014 Real Estate Assessments
  • Overview of the City's Operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budgets 
  • Overview of the Budget Process
  • Revenue Base


Session 6: October 16

Code Administration
Transportation and Environmental Services

 City Hall - Council Workroom

  • Building Controls/Code Enforcement
  • Transportation Policy
  • Traffic Management System
  • Transit Services
  • Street Maintenance
  • Garbage Collections and Recycling
  • Environmental Quality Controls


Session 7: October 23

Office of Human Rights
City Judicial System
General Services (City Support Services)
Information Technology Services

City Hall - Council Workroom 

  • Human Rights
  • The City's Judicial System
  • City Support Services (General Services Division)
  • Information Technology Services 


Session 8: October 30

Leisure and Cultural Activities
Charles Houston Center - 901 Wythe Street 

  • Recreation Programs: Youth, Adults and Seniors
  • Parks, Centers, Pools and Other Facilities
  • Open Space Plan
  • Library Services
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Arts


Session 9: November 6

Public Safety (Sheriff and Police)
Alexandria Police Department Headquarters - 3600 Wheeler Avenue

  • Police Programs and Operations
  • Sheriff and Jail


Public Information
301 King Street, Room 1900
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6426

301 King St., Room 3400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6343

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.