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  • Summer CoderDojo Registration Begins April 22

    coderdojo 2014 - please volunteerOn-line registration for the six summer CoderDojo sessions begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at All sessions are free and will be offered at Jack Jouett Middle School during three weeks in July beginning Monday, July 7th. Students can sign up for either the morning or afternoon sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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    For every adult volunteer, 15 seats can be added.

  • Murray High School Student Climbing a Mountain

    muhs mountainAdam Nook's uplifting story is about more than just soaring over a mountain in a bid to earn national honors in an Olympic sport. Since he transferred to Murray High School, Adam's academic achievements are also on a steady incline. Newsplex recently talked with Adam, his guardian, and Murray's principal about this important story.

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  • Award-Winning Professors are Albemarle Grads

    grad vidsAlbemarle High School graduates Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, and Allison Orr Larsen, Associate Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary, received Outstanding Faculty Awards presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia at the 28th annual ceremony. Professor McClurken was selected as a Teaching with Technology recipient and Professor Larsen as a Rising Star honoree.

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  • Cale's Unusual Approach to Second Language Education

    cale languagesCale Elementary School is a leader in Central Virginia for its World Languages curriculum. The school is teaching kindergarten and first grade students not about Spanish but in Spanish. Students receive more than 100 minutes of instruction each week to develop a deeper level of bilingual competency. Cale plans to add another grade level to the program next year and install an Immersion Program as well.

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  • Horizon 2020: A View through the Future's Window

    horizon 2020Recently, Albemarle County high school students talked about how the school division's strategic plan is opening up new windows into their future for higher education and career plans.

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  • Fifteen More ACPS Teachers Earn National Board Certification

    national certificationFifteen ACPS teachers have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, successfully completing a rigorous, year-long process for demonstrating classroom excellence.
    Albemarle County Public Schools, with 40 certified teachers, is among the top school divisions in the state, and its percentage of certified teachers exceeds both the national and state averages.

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  • Harvard, UNC Have their Eyes on Division's 21st Century Learning Program

    mohs makers"ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - An Albemarle County high school is doing away with a traditional library space and is instead letting students take over. This week the school is getting national attention for its efforts." - NBC29

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  • Albemarle County's Two Charter Schools Receive State Grants of $46,000 to Broaden Project-Based Learning

    school boardAlbemarle County's two public charter schools, Murray High School and the Community Public Charter School, which serves middle school students, have received state grants totaling $46,225 for the current school year. The funds were awarded by the Virginia Department of Education.

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  • On-Time Graduation Rate Among State's Best

    GradAlbemarle County seniors were among those with the highest on-time graduation rates in Virginia, according to the latest data from the state Department of Education. Endorsed by the National Governors Association and generally used as a measurement of success in school, the on-time graduation rate reflects the percentage of students who earn diplomas within four years of entering high school as freshmen.

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  • SAT Scores Exceed Benchmarks

    MLES Albemarle County public school students again turned in strong SAT test scores, far exceeding state and national averages. In meeting the College Board's College-and-Career-Readiness standards, students were 20 points better than the state and national averages.

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  • Horizon 2020 Strategic Plan: The Future Speaks

    Strategic Plan ExpertsThe Albemarle County School Board recently adopted Horizon 2020, the school division's revised strategic plan. More than 10,000 survey responses contributed to the final version, which is summarized by these experts from grades one through five.

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  • Meriwether Lewis Earns National Honor for Excellence

    MLESMeriwether Lewis has been selected as a 2013 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, earning recognition in the "Exemplary High Performing" category. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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  • Presidential Advisor, Corporate Exec Impressed with STEM Focus Here

    STEMNorman Augustine, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the world's largest aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin, visited ACPS for briefings on the division's STEM programs and to meet with school officials, local business and community leaders, and educators from PVCC and UVA.

    Coverage by NBC 29, Daily Progress, and Charlottesville Tomorrow »

  • Superintendent Moran discusses educational opportunity on WINA's Charlottesville Right Now

    ACPS Superintendent Pam MoranSuperintendent Moran recently joined Jay James on WINA to talk about the importance of the Council's role in reducing the opportunity gap in the state and the value of a strong partnership between higher education, the business community and public school divisions in Virginia.

    Listen on »

  • Building a Bilingual Brain: The Importance of World Languages in Early Grades

    WINA InterviewResearch indicates that young children who study a second language develop stronger lifetime reasoning and problem-solving skills than a student who is not multilingual. Recently, on WINA, School Board member Ned Gallaway and Cale Elementary School principal Lisa Jones discussed this research and a pilot program at Cale that will provide instruction in Spanish to kindergarten and first-grade students.

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  • ACPS Featured in Center for Digital Education Article about Maker Spaces

    Student Makers"The maker movement is a global, DIY movement of people who take charge of their lives, solve their own problems and share how they solved them. And it's growing in schools that are searching for more authentic learning experiences for their students."
    -- Tanya Roscora, Center for Digital Education

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  • Going the Extra Mile: A Spotlight on ACPS in The American School Board Journal

    ASBJFrom ASBJ: “This month, we take a look at four districts that have worked tirelessly on behalf of disadvantaged students -- and, indeed, all students. All of the districts won Magna Awards this year from the editors of ASBJ and Sodexo.”

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 Press Releases


Eight ACPS Teams Qualify for Destination Imagination Global Finals
CoderDojo Program Expands to Six Sessions This Summer
School Board Appoints New Principal for Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
ACPS Students Win Both Best in Show and 84 Total Awards at Regional Science Fair
Western's Scholastic Bowl Team Seizes State Title With Perfect Record
Albemarle High School's Award-Winning Play on Stage Friday, February 28
2nd Annual ArtFest in the West on Saturday, March 1
Albemarle Spelling Bee Champion Is a Repeat Winner
Western Albemarle High School Theater Ensemble Presents Footloose
Agnor-Hurt Fifth Graders Showcase Ice Cream Themed Artwork