Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/11/2022 - 7:00 PM
Category: Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Type: Info
Subject: ACPS Middle School Sports & Student Activities Programming
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 3: Student Accessibility and Support
ACPS will ensure students have equitable access to and engagement with programs and supports that reduce barriers to learning.
Goal 4: Strategic Resource Allocation
ACPS will strategically provide differentiated resources and supports to schools and departments.
Goal 5: Family and Community Engagement
ACPS will ensure that all families and community members feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
Policy: IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
221111_Board_Brief_ MS_Sports_Student_Activities_Programming.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: The Board Brief and supporting documents are the initial stages of starting middle school athletics and competitive student activities programming at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, Jefferson-Houston PreK–8 International Baccalaureate (IB) School, Patrick Henry K–8, and George Washington Middle School. Students at Patrick Henry and Jefferson-Houston would feed into Francis C. Hammond and George Washington Middle Schools for participation purposes if they are unable to field teams at their campuses. We also will introduce forensics, scholastic bowl, and debate club, so that our middle school students spark an earlier interest in these Virginia High School League (VHSL) high school programs.
Background: Currently, our middle school students do not have an option to participate in educational based athletic programs in the City of Alexandria. The vast majority of the middle school age athletic opportunities in the City of Alexandria are pay to play, which eliminates many of our students, specifically low income students from participating in sports. Starting a middle school athletics and competitive student activities program will positively impact the social, emotional and academic learning of middle school students at their most pivotal time in adolescence.
Recommendation: The Interim Superintendent recommends that the School Board review the 2024 Middle School Sports & Student Activities Program Timeline and Financial Commitment for proposed planning, procedural, programmatic, and/or budgetary changes.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Wendy Gonzalez - Chief
Signed By:
Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt - Interim Superintendent