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We know that children are our future and we believe that education is a key toward a child attaining self-sufficiency as an adult. To that end, our staff and volunteers provide year-round academic support to children in grades 1 – 12 living in the Arlandria-Chirilagua community and the city of Alexandria’s West End at the Brent Place Apartment Complex. Daily, nutritious meals are part of the program. Our students receive an average of 350 hours of academic and general support annually.
Our after-school program is partnered with the Alexandria City Public School as a Family and Community Engagement (FACE) site so our after-school activities correspond with what our children learn that day in school. Our program runs from Monday – Thursday afternoons during the school year.
Additionally our summer program offers math, reading and language arts lessons, daily journaling, computer time, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, recreational activities (swimming, running clubs) and gardening.
Finally, our boys’ and girls’ mentoring programs, available to youth in grades 7-12, offers a safe, supportive, creative and fun environment with carefully screened adults who serve as a role models and guides. Each group meets on Monday evening and also plans group activities once or twice a month. Students learn life skills, conflict resolution and boundary-setting among other skills.
We also offer evening computer classes, English language learning and other activities to our local families in the evenings.
Brent Place Learning Center
375 S. Reynolds St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Fifer Learning Center
607 Notabene Drive
Alexandria, VA 22305
Fifer Learning Center Annex
601 4 Mile Run Trail
Alexandria, VA 22305
Frequently Asked Questions about Youth Education Programs
How do I register for English classes?
Currently, Community Lodgings does not run these classes but coordinates with FACE for the sessions. Enrollment is generally January and August but more information can be found at their website, http://www.acps.k12.va.us/face-centers/
How do I register my child for after-school program?
There is a one week registration period in August; our website will be updated with the dates, flyers will be posted, and we will communicate this information. Throughout the year, appointments can be made to register. Currently, there is room in our middle and high school programs and a wait-list for our elementary programs. Students from Alexandria City Public Schools are eligible for program participation.
What are the hours and dates of the after-school program?
The after-school program runs in conjunction with the Alexandria City Public Schools calendar. We tutor students in grades 1 – 6 from 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Monday – Thursday at our three after-school sites (Fifer Learning Center, New Brookside and Brent Place). Our middle and high school student programs run from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the same days and locations. Fridays are reserved for drop-in, one-on-one tutoring and homework assistance for all students.
What are the hours and dates of the summer enrichment program?
Fifer elementary morning program 9:30 am-12:30 pm and afternoon program 1:30 pm -5:00 pm. New Brookside middle school hours were 1:30pm-5:00 pm and the dates were July 6 through August 21. Brent Place’s elementary school program was 9:30 am-3:30 pm and were from July 6- July 31. Hours for the 2016 are yet to be determined but will be similar dates and times.
How do I register my child for the summer enrichment program?
Enrollment usually begins in the end of May for the enrollment and can be done at any of the Learning Centers – Fifer, New Brookside, and Brent Place. Flyers will be distributed and the website will be updated with that specific start dates. Enrollment is based on a first come, first serve basis and will continue until the program is filled.
How can I enroll my child in your mentoring program?
Our mentoring program meets as a group on Monday evenings and is separated by gender. If you have a student in 6th through 12th grade attending Alexandria City Public Schools and you are interested in enrolling your child in our mentoring program, please contact Program Director, Melanie Ficke, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will provide information on the application process.
Our family is not low-income but I would like to enroll my child in your program because it is so good. Are we eligible?
Yes, all students from Alexandria City Public School are eligible.
Our family speaks Spanish primarily. Is your staff bilingual?
Yes, we always have bilingual and bicultural staff and volunteers at our learning centers.