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Closing at 4:30 p.m. Today

Due to forecasted weather conditions for this evening, SSSAS is closing all three campuses at 4:30 p.m.

Clubs on the Lower and Middle School will continue as planned.

All Middle School Away games will be cancelled including MS Wrestling to Bullis, MS Girls Basketball to GDS, MS Boys Basketball to Bullis and ACDS.  The home contest for MS Boys Basketball game will go on at 2:45 finishing by 4:00 pm.

Lower School Family Math Night is postponed.

Extended Day at the Lower and Middle School will remain open until all students have been picked up, but please pick up your students as soon as you are able.
 
The late buses and the late King Street Metro Shuttle will leave campus at 4:45 p.m.
 

Middle School Academic Departments

Performing Arts

In the Middle School, the performing arts courses provide opportunities to strengthen the artistic disciplines introduced through Orff-Schulwerk in the Lower School.  A student chooses one discipline: band, chorus, drama, or orchestra.  The curriculum stresses involvement in a performance group to build technique, confidence, critical-thinking skills, creativity, and a sense of group cooperation and self-discipline.
  • Band 6

    Meets Three Times a Week
    Students in the beginning band are offered the opportunity to begin study on any of the woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Emphasis is on good hand and body postures, breathing, finger technique, rhythm, and reading music. Students will improve their individual instrument skills in the setting of the group. This class uses a band method book and also studies and performs standard band literature. Students have the opportunity to participate in the solo and ensemble festival. The band performs at several concerts throughout the year.
  • Concert Band

    Meets Three Times a Week
    The Concert Band is made up of seventh and eighth grade students. This class performs a wide variety of band literature, from marches to Broadway. Emphasis is on expanding students' knowledge of musical vocabulary, theory, and instrument technique. Students will expand their ranges and improve their ensemble skills through performance in this group. All students have the opportunity to participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festival and perform several times throughout the year in conjunction with the Symphonic Band.
  • Percussion Ensemble

    Meets Three Times a Week
    This course is designed to help immerse students in the world of percussion. Students will experience and perform appropriate percussion literature using proper percussion techniques. Students will also develop individual and ensemble musicianship skills and interpret standard musical notation using various music software programs. Students perform several concerts throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festival.
  • Symphonic Band

    Meets Three Times a Week
    The Symphonic Band is made up of seventh and eighth grade students. Instruction focuses on the preparation of music in a variety of styles for public concerts, adjudicated festivals, and other events along with a focus on advanced middle school and early high school level band techniques. Students will expand their ranges and master certain ensemble skills through scales and various technique exercises. Students are expected to practice on a consistent basis in order to meet the demands of this ensemble.
  • Chorus 6

    Meets Three Times a Week
    In Middle School Chorus, students discover the world of vocal music and have the opportunity to become life-long music enthusiasts. Through exposure to a wide range of opportunities in various musical styles, students learn musicianship skills and proper vocal techniques. Chorus is a positive environment which encourages students to grow as singers and as cooperative, contributing members of a team. Chorus students perform in school and community concerts and can participate in District Chorus events. The students create songs on Garage Band in January and present composer reports in May. The school year concludes with participation the Music in the Parks Choral Adjudication.
  • Chorus 7

    Meets Three Times a Week
    In Middle School Chorus, students discover the world of vocal music and have the opportunity to become life-long music enthusiasts. Through exposure to a wide range of opportunities in various musical styles, students learn musicianship skills and proper vocal techniques. Chorus is a positive environment which encourages students to grow as singers and as cooperative, contributing members of a team. Chorus students perform in school and community concerts and can participate in District Chorus events. The students create songs on Garage Band in January and present composer reports in May. The school year concludes with participation the Music in the Parks Choral Adjudication.
  • Chorus 8

    Meets Three Times a Week
    In Middle School Chorus, students discover the world of vocal music and have the opportunity to become life-long music enthusiasts. Through exposure to a wide range of opportunities in various musical styles, students learn musicianship skills and proper vocal techniques. Chorus is a positive environment which encourages students to grow as singers and as cooperative, contributing members of a team. Chorus students perform in school and community concerts and can participate in District Chorus events. The students create songs on Garage Band in January and present composer reports in May. The school year concludes with participation the Music in the Parks Choral Adjudication.
  • Drama 6

    Meets Three Times a Week
    Students develop basic acting skills through various improvisational exercises, social games, and other activities. Through these activities they also develop creativity, focus, and an appreciation for the process of creating a theater ensemble. Students learn formal skills such as memorizing lines and blocking for in-class activities and performances throughout the year. Emphasis is on individual improvement, being a contributing member of a team effort, learning to rely on others for support, and enjoying the excitement of preparing for and executing performances. Students perform in two major productions each year at the Chapel/Performing Arts Center on the Upper School Campus.
  • Drama 7

    Meets Three Times a Week
    This course builds on and reinforces the skills and concepts necessary to become a good actor. Students enhance their acting abilities by devoting particular attention to elements of characterization through scene work. They are also introduced to other aspects of theater such as directing, play writing, and design. As they are exposed to the excitement and rigors of preparing for and executing performances, students gain an appreciation for drama and performing artists. Students perform in two major productions each year at the Chapel/Performing Arts Center on the Upper School Campus.
  • Drama 8

    Meets Three Times a Week
    This course extends students' knowledge base of theater history, improves character-building skills, and expands acting techniques through scene work and productions. To build their confidence and enhance their self-presentation skills, students learn about auditioning through interview skills, monologue preparation, and performance. Students also gain more hands-on experience in the areas of play writing, design (set and costume), and directing and grow personally and as team members. Students perform in two major productions each year at the Chapel/Performing Arts Center on the Upper School Campus.
  • Orchestra 6

    Meets Three Times a Week
    This course introduces students to the instruments of the string family. Students learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Emphasis is on establishing good body posture at the instrument, good hand positions, and producing a good sound with the bow. Within the context of the ensemble, students learn string techniques and music theory, and they perform music in unison and in orchestral arrangements. Students perform several concerts throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festival.
  • Advanced Orchestra

    Meets Three Times a Week
    This course offers violinists, violists, cellists and bassists the opportunity to play string orchestra music in an ensemble. String technique, including finger patterns, vibrato, varied bowings, and shifting are covered in the context of the music. Music literature is drawn from contemporary and classical sources. Students perform several concerts throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in District X Assessment, Solo and Ensemble, and other competitions.

Department Faculty

  • Dallis Byrne

    Middle and Upper School Chorus Teacher
    (703) 212-2902
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY - Bachelor of Music
    University of Louisville, Louisville, KY - Master of Music
  • James Criswell

    Middle and Upper School Band and Orchestra Teacher
    703-212-2867
    James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - BM
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL - MM
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD - DMA
  • Christopher Gillespie

    Middle School Band and Orchestra Teacher
    703-212-2790
    University of Delaware, Newark, DE - Bachelors of Music
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT - Masters of Music
  • Lindsay Jagodowski

    Middle School Performing Arts Teacher (Drama)
    703-212-2814
    Smith College, Northampton, MA - B.A
    Lesley University, Cambridge, MA - M.Ed
JK-12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

List of 3 items.

  • Lower School

    Grades: JK-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