Education & Community
Alexandria has been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance annually since 2007, partly because of the quality of the schools and programs in our community.
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is one of the most diverse school systems in the country, and continues to be in the forefront of technology integration in the classroom.
The 19-school system features:
- 12 elementary schools
- 5 middle schools
- 1 pre-K through 8th-grade school
- T.C. Williams High School
Each Alexandria public school offers educational programming focused on smaller learning communities designed to increase academic achievement and the level of student engagement. The system boasts National Merit Scholars, a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses, a world-class curriculum, and award-winning teachers. Visit the ACPS website for more information, and click here for a school district map.
The City is home to a variety of private schools, ranging from early education (pre-K) through college preparatory boarding high school. These schools attract students from all around the region and work collaboratively with the ACPS to create a community of learning that supports all students.
Institutions of Higher Education
- The George Washington University, Graduate Education Center
- Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus
- Virginia Tech National Capital Region
- ACPS Adult Learning Center
- Central Michigan University
- Florida Institute of Technology
- Strayer University, Alexandria Campus
- Virginia Theological Seminary
Alexandria has a diverse population; residents come from 128 countries and speak more than 80 languages. For more information about Alexandria demographics, see our Demographics & Statistics page.
Places of Worship
Alexandria is a diverse city located in a diverse metropolitan area, and residents thus have access to an abundance of options for worship. Approximately 70 places of worship are located within the City, with more than 450 additional places of worship in surrounding areas.
The Alexandria Library consists of the Beatley Central Library and three branches that house a total collection of nearly a half-million volumes. The system circulates 1 million books annually. Visit the Alexandria Library website for more information.