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Upper School Academic Departments

Library

The philosophy of the library program is to foster intellectual curiosity, cultivate a love of reading, and promote lifelong learning. Our libraries are learning laboratories that invite students and faculty to explore, collaborate, construct, and share knowledge. Our extensive and diverse collections support our curriculum and the needs and interests of our community. The librarians subscribe in principle and practice to the statements of philosophy and policy in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National School Library Standards, American Library Association’s (ALA) Bill of Rights and Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program.

Upper School Program Information
Wills Library is an active and vibrant part of the upper school, designed to foster creativity, curiosity, and competency in our students.  Librarians work side-by-side with faculty to teach research skills, information literacy, and effective use of databases in student work. A love of reading is encouraged through student book clubs, informal book discussions, and our extensive and diverse collection of print and digital materials. Library- and other department-hosted programs bring in authors and speakers from the broader community to stretch our students’ minds and to introduce them to global perspectives. Three collaborative study rooms provide spaces for group work, while a separate quiet reading room accommodates those who prefer to work in silence. Students and faculty are welcome to come during their free periods, lunch, and before or after school.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Joyce Ames

    Joyce Ames

    Upper School Librarian
    703-212-2767
    University of Vermont, Burlington, VT - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Rachel Payne

    Rachel Payne

    Archivist and Upper School Assistant Librarian
    703-212-2756
    Drexel University - Masters of Library and Information Sciences
    Brigham Young University-Idaho - BA
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

List of 3 items.

  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304