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Exceptional Schools Fair

What:  Sponsored by The American University School of Education, Teaching and Health, the Fair is designed to showcase schools and programs that will help children with diverse learning needs thrive, both academically and socially. If you attend, drop by the Commonwealth Academy table and say hi to Mr. Gwilliam or Ms. Theobald!
When:  Sunday, November 17, 2019,  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Katzen Arts Center, American University at Ward Circle, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Cost: The Fair is free and open to the public. Free parking!
Alexandria Independent School Fair
What: All six Alexandria independent schools will gather in one place to answer all of your questions and provide you with the information you need to ensure your child is learning in the best possible environment for him/her. Drop by the C/A table to talk to our Head of School, Ms. Anabelle Morgan, and our Director of Admissions, Mr. Gwilliam!
When: Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
Where: ALX Community, 106 North Lee Street, 2nd floor, Alexandria, VA  22314
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by submitting your RSVP here:


2019 “Screenagers Next Chapter” Free Documentary Movie Screening offered by The Parents Council of Washington for its member school communities (C/A is a member). The film tackles depression in teens due to social media and chronicled the rise of kids’ addictive behavior with digital devices. Click HERE to see a preview of "Screenagers Next Chapter." Click HERE to see a segment from “Good Morning America” that previews the film.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Landmark Theatre/Bethesda Row Cinema 7235 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Free: This event is open to parents, faculty, administrators, and staff from our member schools. C/A is a member!
March 2020


DYSLEXIC EDGE Pathways to STEM Excellence: A one-day event to help parents, teachers, and industry create future STEM leaders and entrepreneurs by building confidence in students with dyslexia. The day includes a morning conference of sessions and speakers paired with an afternoon of STEM celebrations. During STEM celebrations, children of all ages will get to participate in a variety of STEM activities, engineering challenges, and live demos.

When: Sat., March 21, 2020
Where: George Mason University Exploratory Hall
To register: Visit


Georgetown University Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and Children’s National Health System are studying executive function skills, (like attention, memory, and learning), using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  They are seeking to recruit participants, ages 8-13, with a clinical diagnosis that impacts their Executive Functioning, such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, and Conduct Disorders.

The study involves behavioral testing and an MRI scan. While getting the scan, the child will complete computerized tasks that are first practiced outside of the scanner. Parents may be asked to participate in an interview and complete paper questionnaires at the appointment or complete these over the phone. If you have questions or would like to join the research study, please contact Charlotte Jeppsen, BA Clinical Research Assistant Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology Children’s National Health System by phone (301-765-5425) or email.  IRB Protocol #8049.

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children's National Health System is currently recruiting children and young adults (ages 13-21) who are developing typically and two of their biological first degree relatives (parents and siblings) to study the relationship between genes and key cognitive and behavioral features in youth with and without autism. Eligible participants will be asked to provide a genetic sample (either saliva or a cheek swab) during an in-person clinical or research visit and will be asked to complete some activities and questionnaires.

Perks: Participants receive compensation for their time: $10 per genetic sample (up to $30 per family) and $40 per family for completing the activities and questionnaires. If you are interested in participating, please email Chelsea Armour or call 301-765-5449.