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canines and owners pose at dog obedience class
Dog Obedience Class
toddler enjoys play in the Shenanigans Indoor Playground
Shenanigans Toddler Area
students and instructor in the middle school pool for swim lessons
Swimming Lessons
Tumblers class in the new Gymnastics Center
Tumblers in New Gymnastics Center
Rising Stars summer theatre program
Rising Stars
Dad & Daughter dance
Dad & Daughter Dance
Lego First League
Lego First League
Summer Theatre Camp 2023
Summer Theatre Camp


Whether it's academic, enrichment, social, emotional or recreational opportunities, Alexandria Public Schools Community Education has something for everyone.

Preschool/Parent Education

You are your child's first and most important teacher! The Early Education Center wants to support you in this essential role with parent-child and preschool opportunities.

Youth Enrichment/Recreation

Youth enrichment/recreation provides education programs and activities extending beyond the school day. Programs boast a wide range of opportunities including technology, arts, math, reading, science and sports/recreation.

From Our Community

My kids love going to Compass, and many times they are disappointed when it is time to leave. I am impressed with the staff and their ability to support and build friendships with students!A.S.

I enjoy the exercise and the people that play pickleball at DMS. Good levels of competition can be found typically on any court.

Adult RECREATION patron


This class gave me permission to explore my inner artist. We learned techniques for drawing and applying color. Most importantly Kathy instilled confidence in me.Adult enrichment patron

Stained Glass Workshop

Our instructor was amazing! He clearly had a passion for stained glass work, and his presentation and instruction style was well-suited to the course. I would not hesitate to recommend this class and instructor. Awesome class!Adult enrichment patron

Artisan bread baking

We learned a new recipe for making bread, but I wasn't expecting to be able to do so much with one recipe. We made loaves, braids, rolls, bread pudding.
Adult enrichment patron

By The Numbers


Youth Recreation registrations in 2023!


Community Education offers up to 35 parties each month! Party options include Shenanigans, Gymnastics, Laser Tag and Nerf Wars.

young girl with headphones


Compass is serving 534 students.

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During the winter months, pickleball attendance is nearly 1,000 plays/month. We offer Open Pickleball 6 days/week.

Spring Catalog