Edutopia Spotlights ACPS – Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation. Watch Edutopia’s spotlight on ACPS in their “schools that work” series, which highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

Monticello’s Learning Commons Receives National Coverage

Earlier this year, when Monticello High School’s Learning Commons won the 2015 Magna Award, Albemarle County Public Schools became the first school division in the country to twice be honored by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a national leader in innovative school programming. In its June 2015 issue of American School Board Journal, NSBA highlights the Learning Commons as an example of our division’s emphasis on project-based learning and on developing greater creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among all students. Read the cover story, Making It Real: The Maker movement spurs students to rediscover the joy of creating.

Also, check out NSBA’s YouTube feature:

Registration Now Open for the Summer Fine Arts Academy

Albemarle County Public Schools’ Summer Fine Arts Academy provides students from our region an opportunity to spend an extended period of time studying a field of art of their choice under the direction of a highly qualified and engaging teacher. Culminating in a public performance or display at a local venue, students can choose from jazz studies, creative writing, visual art, drama/playwriting, choral performance, or rock/rap. Learn more »

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Albemarle Leadership Academy Accepting Applications Through May 1

Summer 2015 marks the 4th Annual Albemarle Leadership Academy! Applications are now being accepted to this exciting (and free!) summer opportunity for students who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2015-16 school year. Students will explore the concept of leadership and develop a range of skills that they will apply to areas of their own interest.

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Music in Black History

The Albemarle High School Patriots news crew interviews teachers routinely for their morning show. Check out their interview with AHS band director and professional jazz musician Greg Thomas about the impact of Black music on music today. Thanks to Trevor Przyuski and the news crew for making this Black History Month educational video available via YouTube.