Dr. Harris's Reflections on the 2015-2016 School Year:
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.
Dr. Samia Harris,
Founder and Executive Director