CAPA’s Yankee Candle Fundraiser is underway! Packets and order forms are being distributed to your children to bring home. Forty percent (40%) of every sale goes to C/A! You can always order and pay for products online at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com. Scroll down to the “Start Shopping” box and be sure to enter our Group […]
Commonwealth Academy’s Parent Association (CAPA) is sponsoring a Mid-Year Parent Social for C/A parents the evening of Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in the C/A gym. The event will feature music by The Lovejoy Group and gourmet food from Rosina’s. You’re invited to bring your favorite bottle of wine and/or […]
Welcome to the first installment of the Support Spotlight, a monthly column with information and strategies to support you and your family throughout the year. The Support Spotlight is brought to you by the C/A support team — our occupational and speech therapists, executive functioning coach and school counselor. Its purpose is to provide you […]
Artworks by five C/A High School students in Ms. Litvak’s Advanced Art class will be on display at The Alexandria All-City High School Art Exhibition 2018. Congratulations to Katherine, Hazel, Faith, Harrison, and Bella! Hosted by the Convergence Arts Initiative, the All-City High School Art Exhibition returns February 2 – March 10, 2018 for its […]
Commonwealth Academy was named a finalist for the 2018 Future of Education Technology Conference STEM Excellence Award at the FETC this month! The FETC STEM Excellence Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the primary, middle and high school levels, with winners selected from each level. Commonwealth Academy was named […]
Interested in learning how Commonwealth Academy “Empowers the Child and Empowers the Mind?” Attend our next Admissions Open House, to be held Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301. Our Open House program will include a welcome from our Head of School and a brief […]
This year, parents will have the opportunity to visit any and all of their children’s teachers during three designated conference periods. In this new Open House format, the parents decide whom to see, when they will see them, and what topics will be discussed. All of our teachers will be available and Quarter 1 grades […]
All C/A families, staff, teachers, students and alumni are invited to join us in celebrating Commonwealth Academy’s 20th Anniversary! The party will be held at C/A, 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., on Friday, October 20, 2017. Our celebration will feature a moon bounce, food trucks, laser tag, arts and crafts, DJ and live […]
All parents are invited to the CAPA meeting on Wednesday, November 15th. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the C/A Gym for coffee and socializing. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. Guest speaker will be Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.D.N. who will speak on “What’s Eating Your Child? The Surprising Ways Nutrition Influences Learning, Behavior […]
All parents are invited to the CAPA meeting on Friday, October 13th. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the C/A Gym for coffee and socializing. The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. Speakers will be Ms. Allison Furton, EdTech Integration Specialist and SET Consultant to C/A and Ms. Urvi Morrison, EdTech Consultant and CEO of SET. […]
All parents are invited to the CAPA meeting on Friday, September 15th. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the C/A Gym for coffee and socializing. The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. Guest speaker will be Heather McKinzey, ADHD/EF Coach at C/A. She will explain the role of ADHD/EF coaching and the benefits for students. […]
Bethany R. Lang, MS LPC NCC NCSC, has joined the C/A staff as our school counselor for the 2017-2018 school year. Originally from Erie, PA, Beth received her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation, Counseling and Education from Penn State University and her Master’s in School Counseling from Villanova University. Beth first discovered her career passion […]
The July/August 2017 issues of Alexandria Woman and Fairfax Woman magazines include an article about Commonwealth Academy in the “Mom’s Corner” section on page 29. The free magazines offer life-style articles for readers in the City of Alexandria and County of Fairfax. Entitled “A Parent’s View of Commonwealth Academy,” the article provides a personal account […]
Washington Family Magazine’s Best for Families 2017 results are out and Commonwealth Academy has tied for Best Private High School in the DMV! When Family Magazine readers were asked to share their favorite people, places and things in the DMV area, more than 16,000 votes were cast online. Thank you to all the C/A families […]
The 16 members of Commonwealth Academy’s Class of 2017 prove, once again, that learning differences are just a different way of learning. We are proud of our graduates and wish them continued success as they pursue their academic dreams this fall at colleges and universities throughout the country! Here are the hallmarks […]
The Commonwealth Academy Parents Association (CAPA) has elected Officers for the 2017-2018 School Year. Congratulations to our parents who have volunteered to serve our school community! To view the list of CAPA Officers and their contact information, to volunteer, or to find out more about CAPA, please visit the C/A Parents section of our […]
Classes have ended and exams are over, but our Seniors are still engaged in end-of-year projects and activities. In honor of C/A’s 20th Anniversary during the month of May, we are celebrating the 20 culminating events for C/A’s Class of 2017. To read about how our Seniors are winding up their High School […]
Josh Gwilliam, who has served as C/A’s Director of Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment Management since 2008, is stepping up to take on additional responsibilities for Development. He has been promoted to Director of Admissions and Development. As Commonwealth Academy enters its 20th year, Josh will be expanding and developing a sustainable culture of […]
Founded in 1997, Commonwealth Academy is proudly celebrating its 20th Anniversary Year throughout 2017. On the 20th of each month, we are highlighting, in 20 different ways, how C/A nuing to empowers students who learn differently. In April, we celebrate how C/A “empowers the child” with extra-curricular activities and special events. Following are just 20 of the many opportunities C/A […]
C/A is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! On the 20th of each month, we will highlight, in 20 different ways, how C/A has empowered and is continuing to empower students who learn differently. For March, we honor our dedicated and committed faculty and staff who play such an important role in our school community’s success. […]
[Alexandria, VA.] On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, C/A’s High School will participate in “Navigating Life Day” which provides an opportunity for students to learn about professions, opportunities and skills essential for navigating life outside of the classroom and throughout their post-secondary lives. In the morning, students will learn: about local volunteer opportunities that […]
The entire Commonwealth Academy school community (students, faculty and staff members) recently travelled to a local theater to see the Oscar-nominated biographical drama, Hidden Figures. “The movie provided a great learning opportunity as Commonwealth continued our ongoing efforts and conversations around complicated social themes,” said Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot, Head of School. “Every student […]
For our year-long celebration of Commonwealth’s 20th Anniversary, we asked students, parents and alumni to send us Valentine messages during the month of February. Messages arrived by text, in emails, during phone conversation and via in-person interviews. Some of our students were eager to offer their messages of support in a video. Happy 20th Anniversary, […]
October, 2016 — Daniel Furman, Middle and High School Math teacher at C/A, will present at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference (October 31-November 2, 2016) in Philadelphia. Mr. Furman is joining other experts in mathematics education, who will share their insights and strategies at workshops and sessions. Mr. Furman’s session is […]
October, 2016 — Jane Hanson, who teaches Middle School Support, 8th Grade Writing and Lower School Reading at C/A, will present at the 2016 International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference this month (October 26-29, 2016) in Orlando. Ms. Hanson is a Certified Academic Therapist (CALT) from Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center. Ms. […]
October, 2016 — C/A invites our parents to attend a Diversity Workshop that will focus on “Creating our Dream School.” The workshop will be held in the C/A gym the evening of Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. As Maya Angelou once stated, “in diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” […]
August, 2016. We were excited to see this interview with Jacob Braham ’15. Since graduating from C/A, Jacob has been to Portugal to play with U-19 SC União Torreense and returned to the States to play Division I soccer for UNC Wilmington while majoring in marine biology. While he was only at C/A for second semester […]
1/25/16. Last week’s edition of the Alexandria Times included an article about C/A’s J-Term. Click here to read the story.
October 21. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment and former C/A parent Catherine A. Novelli officiated and gave a keynote address. The Makerspace is a dedicated, naturally-lit, construction room to support active learning in grades 3–12. With access to a secured outside area to expand the work surface for large projects, it’s […]
9/14/15. C/A students and our Diploma Certificate program garner attention from the Alexandria Times. Seniors Rachel, Gabe, and Chris are highlighted. Click here to read the story.
8/27/15. This summer, science teacher Megan Burgess attended the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Teacher Research Academy as a 2015 C/A CARE Award grant recipient. Ms. Burgess attended the Level I Biotechnology Research class where she deepened her content knowledge and learned about biochemical lab techniques. She’s looking forward to bringing new biotechnical experiments back to […]
6/28/15. A recent edition of MissHeard, an online magazine published by Lindsey Turnbull, celebrates “amazing women and girls who excel at STEM,” and includes a profile of one of our C/A parents, Mercedes Meyer, as well as articles from one Middle School student and six of our High School girls who are pursuing or have earned […]
10/27/14. C/A welcomes the VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) accreditation team this week for an on-site evaluation—part of our re-accreditation process. Prior to the visit, our accreditation team reviewed numerous documents and a self-study we prepared based on survey responses from our various constituents. While on-site, the team will interview members of the Board […]
By Christina Bordeaux 9/29/14. Commonwealth Academy marked National Yoga Month by introducing its first yoga class to Middle School students as a 45-minute elective offered year-round. Through age-appropriate yoga poses, games, and activities, students learn techniques to calm their bodies and their minds. Taught daily, yoga creates a non-competitive atmosphere that allows the imagination […]
C/A students, families, and faculty joined Alexandria dignitaries and scores of citizens to honor victims of the Holocaust at the city’s annual Day of Remembrance. Head of School Dr. Susan Johnson was the invited keynote speaker and explained to a solemn crowd the story of how art teacher Ksenya Litvak, inspired by her role model, […]
New Media teacher Ricardo Pontes will exhibit over 20 original drawings from the summer weeks he spent in Portugal. The collection includes landscapes from his village and a small fishing village as well as figures. The exhibit opens December 13: Artworks Fine Art Studio 7740 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD Opens: December 13, 2013 […]
Nov. On a recent college visit to Juniata in Pennsylvania, Director of College Counseling Services Steve Maczynski connected with C/A graduate Ethan ’13.
November 4. Congratulations to New Media teacher Ricardo Pontes, whose recent work is displayed at VisArts current gallery show, Best of our Best. Mr. Pontes teaches drawing and sculpture at VisArts in his spare time. Two of his drawings and a sculpture were selected for the show which opened on October 25. Prior to the […]
November 1. Honor Month culminated on Nov. 1 with High School students in each class signing the honor code. Their signatures, framed with the honor code, are displayed at school. During the month of October, students discussed honor and integrity during advisory, watched relevant films, and shared written reflections about the subject.
October 31. Photographer, retired economist, and polyglot Jim Coates spoke to Spanish 3 students today about an adventure he will soon cross off his bucket list: a motorcycle trip to Uruguay.Students are excited to follow Coates’ newest travel blog, and a road bike blog that he is working as an advisor. He showed the class his trip […]
Oct. 28, 2013. Sixth and seventh graders, dressed as the explorer of their choice from one of the four major colonial powers, presented maps and timelines about them themselves to peers and lower schoolers.You can read more on multimeter reviews
Rap Genius Chief of Education Dr. Jeremy Dean spoke to C/A’s English department about incorporating Rap Genius’s revolutionary annotation technology in the classroom. One of the top 100 websites in the world, Rap Genius enables students collaborate virtually as they build their own interpretations on text; they can highlight and annotate texts online as well […]
October 5, 2013. C/A Alumni John Salmons ’09 and Remy Lavelle ’09, (front row, left), were among three students to speak at the College Planning & Preparation for the Special Needs Student presentation held on Saturday. Hosted by C/A, and sponsored by the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, the workshop included […]
Lower Schoolers use Pixelogic’s Sculptris to create 3-D objects in the Mac Lab. With this project, students enter the digital world, use math concepts, and demonstrate their understanding of transformations (such as reflections, translations, and rotations) that they have examined with actual objects in the Visual Thinking & Strategy Lab. Students also apply concepts from […]
Writing Department Chair Case Anderson kicked off Honor Month on Monday during High School advisory, joined by Head of School Dr. Johnson, Science Department Chair Katie Theobald, and Director of College Counseling Services Steve Maczynski, who shared their personal reflections about honor and integrity. During October, each Thursday advisory will be dedicated to discussions pertaining […]
Congratulations to all newly elected SGA officers and grade representatives! In High School, Sofia ’15 (Secretary), Chris ’16 (Treasurer), and Robert ’16 (Communications & Technology) join SGA President Peter ’14 and Vice President Chris ’14, who were elected at the end of last year. High School grade representatives are: Andy (12th), Juliet (11th), Rachel (10th), and Gabby (9th). Middle Schoolers elected […]
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, The Stixrud Group is sponsoring a gala to raise money for C/A and other local independent schools that serve students with learning differences. The gala, which will be held on November 2, is cosponsored by the Center for Adoption Support and Education. (Tickets to the gala are available to purchase […]
May 30. Congratulations to Tyler ’13 and Sam ’16 who received awards in the recent juried photography contest held by Kingsbury Day. The contest called for entries dealing with the theme “Habits of Mind.” Tyler’s entry (right) received third place and Sam’s entry (far right) was selected as a runner up.
Congratulations to our newest inductees to the National Honor Society: Aiko ’13, Natalie ’13Peter ’14, Jana ’13, and Ashley ’13 .
May 18. Middle School Math Teacher and Department Chair Susan James received her M.Ed. in Education Leadership with a concentration in Mathematics from George Mason. Congratulations, Ms. James!