Academy Administrator Andrea Cook Provides Update for Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

Fairfax Academy Administrator Andrea Cook presented to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, October 4, 2021 with an annual update. The Academy, a “school within a school” provides students with advanced course offerings in a number of industries such as photography, television production, world languages, fashion careers, social media marketing, musical theatre and dance.

With over 1080 students from high schools throughout the county, Fairfax Academy is focusing on providing opportunities for all students. The program has added additional support staff for students with disabilities and English learning students.

Ms. Cook introduces Ms. Cassie Nesbitt, one of the American Sign Language (ASL) teachers. Ms. Nesbitt, in her second year at the Academy is excited about the future and growth of the program. In her remarks, Nesbitt discussed the importance of the students finding their own individual motivation for taking ASL as well as her emphasis on deaf culture. She also is proud of the efforts to welcome students of all learning types and styles. “ASL is for everyone,” she said. “All students can have success in ASL.”

The Academy is also partnering with businesses this year. Students will work with iContact Coaching, a group dedicated to helping people gain confidence, leadership skills and presentation skills.

“We know that everyone can struggle with presentations and confidence at any age, so we are excited to work with iContact Coaching to provide these skills to our students,” said Cook.

In her remarks during Board Matters, City of Fairfax School Board Member Toby Sorensen said, “I wish people could understand what a gem it is to have the Academy here in Fairfax.”

To see the entire presentation, please go to the City of Fairfax website and click on the October 4 school board meeting.