A Look Inside the Brand New Academies of Loudoun
Over a decade ago the thought that Loudoun County Public Schools could offer to our community an alternative high school completely different than anything else in the country, was little more than an idea in committee. After many public meetings and strategic planning sessions, the 162.9-million-dollar bond referendum came before voters and was approved.
By 2016 the construction of a state-of the-art 300,000 square foot facility had started and what was once just an idea on paper, was now quickly becoming a reality. In August of 2018, the administration and staff of the Academies of Loudoun (ACL) will open their doors to welcome students who are enrolled to study in one of three distinct academies: Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET), Academy of Science (AOS) and Monroe Advanced Technical Academy (MATA).
At full capacity, the Academies will be able to fulfill its mission of empowering learners to explore, research, and innovate for approximately 2500 students each year. Any student who will attend a Loudoun County high school is eligible to apply to the Academies of Loudoun. There will be a fall admissions cycle for AET and AOS (9th grade entry) and there will be winter admissions cycle for Advanced AET (11th grade entry) and all MATA programs.
As one tours the building, the goals of inclusiveness and collaboration are evident because instead of having separate wings for the different academies, they are all intermixed. The building has flexible space and seating to allow for small group instruction or study groups. The walls are set up as white boards and the labs have ample storage to house research projects as students come and go. The entire school will have lunch together at the same time and will be able to spread out and enjoy the natural light created by the skylight cylinders that fill the building.
Having access to the latest technologies and tools such as 3D printers, cutting edge finger print analysis machines, digital animation equipment and a hands-on radiology lab will allow graduates to go into the world with firsthand experience to make meaningful contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Academies of Loudoun is located at 42075 Loudoun Academy Drive, Leesburg 20175.