About Us

Prince William Academy is an independent, secular private school serving the greater Prince William County area. We proudly offer programs for children from infancy through middle school. Our school operates year round. Our infant and toddler program and preschool offer 12-month programs, while our elementary and middle schools offer 10-month or 12-month programs. Students who are signed up for the 12-month program receive lessons during the summer months that supplement the curriculum of their previous grade level, and prepare them to advance to the next one. They also go on regular field trips and engage in other outdoor summer activities.

Our school is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm daily. These hours include before and after school care.

Infant and Toddler Program

Our Infant and Toddler Program offers experienced, quality teachers and staff, and small groups that are designed to meet the developmental and social needs of infants and toddlers (newborns through age 2).

Vision

Prince William Academy strives to become a model of twenty-first-century education by intentionally growing our school and its programs; constantly adapting to advancing technologies and pedagogies; and maintaining a holistic approach to teaching that nurtures a life-long love of learning.

Mission

Prince William Academy enables each student to meet their academic, developmental, and social potential. We believe in the importance of diversity and respect, and prepare our students to excel in a global environment.

At Prince William Academy

  • We respect the individuality, safety, integrity, and equality of all our students.
  • We believe in constant communication with parents.
  • We strive to provide the finest education for our students.
  • We encourage our students to interact with society.
  • We strive to provide the finest child care for our students.
  • We set high standards for academic excellence.
  • We respect the professionalism and dedication of our teachers and child care attendants.
  • We provide challenging and age-appropriate programs for every child.

Dr. Samia Harris, Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Samia Harris was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, and graduated from the University of Cairo in 1973 with a BA in Philosophy. She left Egypt soon thereafter, and moved with her new husband to Toronto, Canada. In Toronto, she received a CDA, and thus began her career in education. In the early 1980s, Dr. Harris moved to Saudi Arabia to run a school for English-speaking expatriates in Riyadh. By 1985, she had moved with her young son to Virginia, and in 1987 founded Early Years Academy, the predecessor to Prince William Academy, in a lovely old house on five acres in Manassas.

While the small private school grew in size and reputation, Dr. Harris continued her own education, receiving her MBA from Strayer University, and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. Inspired by other systems of education she studied during her extensive travels throughout Europe, and emboldened by the possibilities seemingly opened by the No Child Left Behind Act, in 2004 she became the first educator in Virginia to attempt to open a charter school. The Prince William Linguistics Academy would have focused on foreign language immersion, and Dr. Harris and a team of educators worked hard to make her vision a reality. However, political wrangling thwarted their efforts, and her proposal was rejected. Unwilling to abandon her plans, she established Prince William Academy as a private school instead, maintaining a key piece of her original vision by integrating the study of languages into the curriculum for all the school's pupils. The new campus opened in 2006.

In addition to her career as an educator, Dr. Harris is a painter, and a world traveler. She is also a prominent activist for democracy in Egypt, and has appeared as an expert discussant on a variety of news networks, as well as in print. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Egyptian Americans, and of the group Democracy for Egypt.