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Dr. Harris's Reflections on the 2015-2016 School Year:

As I consider the fact that Prince William Academy is about to enter its fourth decade, I am struck by the fact that while so many aspects at this school I founded have changed and evolved over the years, many others have remained unchanged. And these transitions, undertaken in the service of our school's steadfast core principles, are what make PWA such a special place of learning. For example, our elementary classes now utilize a hybrid curriculum that combines technology-based learning with traditional classroom pedagogy--something we could not even have imagined in 1986. As times have changed, we have made the use of technology a priority, because we know that doing so is vital to our students' future success. We also recognize the vitality and importance of our school's multi-ethnic, multi-national composition, and through the years we've created an environment where every child--and every PWA family--is celebrated and respected. 
 
But while we adapt with the times, I'm so pleased to note that we have also maintained the same level of enthusiasm for learning, the same belief in the importance of early childhood education to the development of a child's cognitive skills, and the same passion for helping to shape society's future leaders in our elementary and middle school. We have also kept the promise we made when we opened in 1986 to keep our class sizes small. We do this because we know small class sizes allow for greater attention to each individual student's needs. 
 
We are proud of our achievements, and we are honored to serve the families of Prince William County. We promise to remain firm in our dedication to partnering with parents and our community in preparing our students for the brightest possible future.
 

Dr. Samia Harris, Founder and Executive Director

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Staff,

I’d like to personally welcome you to Prince William Academy’s website! Here you’ll find information about all of our programs, grade levels, extra-curriculars, and foreign languages. You’ll find calendars, curricula, bios for each member of our staff, as well as admissions information. We have designed this website with current and prospective parents and staff in mind, and hope that it proves to be a useful resource.

PWA traces its roots back to 1987, when I founded Early Years Academy in Manassas. Back then, the school occupied a charming old house on Spriggs Road. In 2006 we opened our current campus, set on 3 acres in Lake Ridge. The school building here is 24,000 sq feet, and includes a library, a gym and multipurpose event room, a science lab, a technology lab, a music room, a Montessori room, and 30 classrooms.

Over the past few years, enrollment has increased significantly, so that we currently have nearly 200 students. In the summer of 2013, we opened a brand new Infant and Toddler Center for children ages 6 weeks through 2 years. And in the fall of 2013, we opened our middle school for grades six through eight. Prince William Academy therefore accommodates children from infancy through middle school, and we are delighted by the notion that we might shepherd some students throughout childhood.

At PWA, we set high standards for our pupils and teachers, and help one another strive toward academic and personal excellence. We also cultivate an awareness and appreciation of other cultures and languages. Our families hail from all over the world, and we embrace this diversity as one of our strongest assets. We routinely celebrate the rich cultures that families bring to our school with International Days and special events. And we incorporate the study of foreign languages into our curriculum, so that every student aged 2 and up takes two foreign languages.

These are just some of the reasons that Prince William Academy is a unique learning environment. Please explore our website and find out more about us. If you’re a prospective PWA parent, you might consider signing up to take a tour–we give them every weekday. If you’re a current parent or member of our staff, we hope our website meets your needs, and that you’ll let us know if you have any comments or suggestions about it.

Sincerely,

Dr. Samia Harris,

Founder and Executive Director

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