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PTA Minutes

PTA Meeting Minutes 2016 - 2017 School Year

PTA Meeting Minutes 2015 - 2016 School Year

PTA Meeting Minutes 2014 - 2015 School Year

PTA Meeting Minutes 2013 - 2014 School Year

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ACPS Documents

ACPS School Health Advisory Board - Pathway to Health Coverage

Mount Vernon Community School - Summer Language Academy - Academia de Lenguaje de Verano
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JAES Documents

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JAES PTA Note regarding Redistricting coming…

View an ACPS Redistricting Presentation here
View the existing School Zone Map here

JAES Redistricting Review Committee Representatives
Why do we need to redistrict our School System?

Our most recent systemwide redistricting effort took place in 1999—more than 15 years ago. Since then, the City of Alexandria has grown, and the makeup of our schools has changed. The current systemwide enrollment of our schools, combined with a projected 2 to 4 percent enrollment growth per year until 2020, will leave a majority of our schools over capacity and the system significantly imbalanced. A systemwide redistricting of our elementary schools will allow ACPS to provide academic excellence, programmatic equity, and the best education for our community now and in the future. This process will help us ensure every student is provided essential resources to succeed.

Redistricting Criteria
Overarching Goal: Enable students to attend their neighborhood elementary school with equitable access to instructional programs and services, in a cost-effective manner, unless there is a demonstrated need or desire to attend a designated citywide program.

  • Instructional Capacity: Number of students assigned to a school takes into account the number of classrooms and resource rooms needed for art, music, labs, English language learners (ELL), Special Education, and Talented and Gifted programs.
  • Student Safety: Promote safe walk zones and routes to school.
  • Transportation: Minimize the need for bus transportation or travel time.
  • Enrollment Capacity: Student enrollment provides room for future growth.
  • Class Size: Adhere to and accommodate ACPS policy on class size requirements at different grade levels.
  • Distribution of Special Programs: Consider balance and access to district-wide programs (e.g., Special Education, Pre-K).
  • Previous Rezoning: Minimize the need for more than one boundary change in the elementary life of a student.
  • Program Continuity: Minimize school assignment change for students who have spent the majority of their elementary experience in a given school.
  • Sensible and Fair Boundary Lines: Consider the proximity to the school, and to the extent possible, look for natural points to define boundaries.
  • Diversity: Consider rich diversity of school division.

What is the Timeline for Redistricting?*

*The redistricing process is being modified and is a fluid situation. However, any changes will NOT go into effect until after the next academic year (2016-2017). Please go to the ACPS Redistricting website for the latest information and updates.

Mar 2015 – School Board began Redistricting Process
Apr – May 2015 – School Board and ACPS staff finalized the framework for redistricting, including timeline and process
Jun – Jul 2015 – Redistricting Steering Committee formed, Redistricting Review Committee Applications open to the public
Aug – Oct 2015 – School Board approves members of the Review Committee. Community engagement regarding the redistricting process begins, data gathering is completed to support redistricting options
Nov – Dec 2015 – Redistricting options developed, community feedback provided, committee recommendations are drafted and evaluated
Jan – Feb 2016 – School Board reviews redistricting options, public hearings are available for communications to the Board, School Board votes on final redistricting option
Mar – Jun 2016 – Opportunities for parents and students to visit their schools and participate in open houses
Jul 2016 – New school boundaries go into effect for 2016- 2017 school year

How Will the Redistricting Process Work?
In June 2015, a Redistricting Steering Committee was formed to guide and structure the redistricting process. This committee is comprised of:

  • School Board member representing District A, Stephanie Kapsis (Redistricting Steering Committee Chair)
  • School Board member representing District B, Kelly Booz
  • School Board member representing District C, Chris Lewis (School Board Vice Chair and Redistricting Steering Committee Vice Chair)
  • Superintendent Dr. Alvin L. Crawley
  • Chief Academic Officer Dr. Terri Mozingo
  • Chief Financial Officer Stacey Johnson
  • Chief Operations Officer Clarence Stukes
The Steering Committee is responsible for facilitating the work of the Redistricting Review Committee comprised of 35 community members (two representatives from each school in the system, two community members at-large, and one student).
The Review Committee works to develop a redistricting recommendation that meets the criteria approved by the School Board and operates as ambassadors for the process in the Alexandria community.

How Can Community Members Get Involved?

ACPS is committed to ensuring that community members are provided ample opportunities to have their voices heard throughout the Redistricting Process. There will be several ways to engage, including community meetings, social media and online surveys, and community engagement roadshow meetings. We are committed to a transparent process informed by anyone with a stake in the future of our schools.

Be part of the conversation. Attend community meetings, follow the process, engage, provide your input and ideas, and help spread the word throughout the community.

Call 703-619-8408 to ask questions or provide comments on the redistricting process. Stay involved and updated with the Redistricting Process by visiting the ACPS Redistricting webpage at Sign up for email updates via the link on our webpage. Please also complete the online redistricting survey at the above Redistricting webpage

To share your thoughts and input at any time you can email As a member of the John Adams ES community, please also share your questions and comments with Amanda Kelley ( and Bill Pfister (, your Redistricting Review Committee representatives.

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Important Redistricting Sites

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Mini Grant Information

- John Adams Mini-Grants Application

- Mini Grant Recipients

Enter the name for this tabbed section: PTA Flyers

- Science Fair Proposal Form - English

- Science Fair Proposal Form - Spanish, Amharic, Arabic