Congratulations to Brishti Chakraborty, Angela Tao, Paula Hung, and Sadhar Choudary for being the winners of ACL’s very first Speculative Fiction Contest!

1st Place for 9th-10th:
Brishti Chakraborty
But Now She Would Be Called Queen
2nd Place for 9th-10th:
Angela Tao
1st Place for 11th-12th:
Paula Hung
2nd Place for 11th and 12th:
Sahar Choudhury
Check out their stories here!

Check out this article to know that love stories come in all shapes and sizes!

January 10, 2020

Ever heard of the Menuhin Competition? Check out Keerthi Selvam’s article about it.

Also, be sure to read Saanvi Gutta’s latest poem and story!

Hope all writers out there are working on your speculative fiction short story. The deadline for the contest has been moved back to the end of the month, January 31st!


Write a speculative fiction short story and possibly win a prize! What exactly is speculative fiction? It’s a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements.

Make sure your story has the following components:

  • Maximum of 1800 words
  • 1.5 line spacing & legible font (no Arial)
  • Font size should be 12 pt.
  • Document title needs to include your name and the title of the story
  • No profanity
  • Include the name of the short story at the top of the first page


Use the link https://tinyurl.com/ACLSciFiSubmission to fill out a google form and submit your story.


  • One A-Day winner, one B-Day winner, and runner-ups for both days
  • Each winner and runner-up will receive a prize

Remember, this is a speculative fiction writing contest, so be creative and intriguing. Your story doesn’t need to be a whole plot or complete story, it can be a small part of a plot or something along those lines. And remember, don’t forget to have fun!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at academiesonline@gmail.com.



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Have you ever wondered how other countries celebrate holidays? Check out Keerthi Selvam’s article!

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Academies Online Staff


Friday, November 15, 2019

Read Part 3 of our VR series titled “A Look Into VR Development” by Jivom Sharavanah.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Our AOS teachers wore cardigans like Mr. Rogers for #WorldKindnessDay and red for #RedForEd Wednesday!

AND … check out Part 2 about Virtual Reality by Saanvi Gutta.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Two new poems posted today, as well as a 4 segment look at virtual reality. Don’t miss them!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Be sure to take a look at the recent creative writing by some of our talented students!

Thursday, October 31, 2019


The winning entry to our pumpkin painting contest!!! Congratulations Mr. Allshouse!

Check out more Halloween pics!

AND, look what’s happening in the Administration of Justice classes!

The A Day class poses with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office command staff after completing the 80 hour course Lessons in Law Enforcement.

The B Day students pose with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office command staff after completing the same course.

Click here for additional pics!

Tuesday, October 29,2019

Learn more about the dangers of vaping in an article by Sarah El Bashir and Sophia Livelsberger, two Pharmacy Technology II students here at the Academies.

Statistics from the National Institute of Health on drug abuse.

Friday, October 25, 2019

From left, Allison Rojas, Cody Francis, Tinell Priddy, Matthew Wilburn and Eric Williams break ground on the Academies of Loudoun’s first student homebuilding project. Photo by Times-Mirror/John Battiston.

Academies of Loudoun broke ground yesterday on its first House Build Project at 606 Wirt Street SW in Leesburg.


Congratulations to the Academies of Loudoun Programming Club team of Abby Martin, Ishita Gupta, and Shreya Paliwal who won 1st place out of 19 teams in their division at the Thomas Jefferson High School BioCode Competition!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Developmental Biologist Kate McDole from the HHMI  Janelia Research Campus spoke to the veterinary students today about sex determination in the animal kingdom.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

By Keerthi Selvam

Every year, Loudoun County selects a book under the 1book, 1community program. This year’s book is Hey Kiddo, a graphic novel written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Hey Kiddo illustrated Krosoczka’s childhood, and the difficulties of growing up in the shadow of his mother’s addiction. Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents as his father had left him before he was born and his mother was a drug addict. He reveals the struggle behind addiction, and how his mother fell victim to it. All in all, the book provides an incredibly crucial perspective on drug addiction, and how it affected the author.

Jarrett Krosoczka is also the artist behind the Google Doodle for October 1st, 2019, titled, “Celebrating Dr. Herbert Kleber”. Dr. Kleber was a psychiatrist who changed the way addiction was treated. At that time, those who treated addiction viewed it as a moral failure. Instead, Dr. Kleber treated it as a medical condition, making sure to avoid blaming or punishing his patient. This strategy was groundbreaking, and made Dr. Kleber incredibly successful in his field of study. He was recognised by George W. Bush, who appointed Dr. Kleber as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Krosoczka says Dr. Kleber helped him realise that his “mother wasn’t the antagonist in the story of [his] life. The drugs were.”

Monday October 7, 2019

Congratulations to Mr. Damon Putman, Ms. Deb Tripp, Ms. Kathy Healey, and Ms. Susie Osborne for the performance of their students at the SkillsUSA Virginia State Fair last week. Overall, the Academies were well represented on a state level with 12 students receiving awards. The Welding students swept the top 3 spots in the competition. Graphic Design students captured 5 of the top 7 spots. Cosmetology students captured awards in three different categories. We’re very proud of our students and staff!

Check out the Graphic Communications Pictures here!


Natalie Reyes – 2nd

Brady Stephenson – 4th

Madison Tran -5th

Max Reagan – 6th

Luba McAndrew – 7th


Michael Godby – 1st

Alexander Young – 2nd

Haley Burger – 3rd


Kaitlyn Ardaya, Julia Jimmerson, Abigail Brown – 9th


Cassie Lopez – 6th


Ashlee Hall – 5th


Friday, September 20, 2019

Check out here what Dr. Roy had to say to the AP Environmental students via Skype yesterday about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Saturday’s Car Show was a huge success with over $10K in profits.  Special thanks to staff members who came out in support.  Without their leadership and decication we would not have been able to pull off such a monumental event.

Click here to see more pictures from the big event!

September 4, 2019


Here are a few!


Reflections Creative Arts Contest – The 2019-20 theme is “Look Within”. The categories are art/ photography/ film/ music/ dance/ literature. 1st place winners in each category will be sent to the Hunt District PTA by Dec. 2, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Citizenship Essay Contest – The 2019-20 theme is “What Does It Take To Be A Good Citizen?” ALL entries are due to the Hunt District PTA on Jan. 15, 2020. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Power Plates Recipe Contest – ALL entries are due to Virginia PTA by Feb. 3, 2020. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

$1,000 Student Scholarship – Applications deadlines are TBD.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

August 22, 2019

The Academies of Loudoun opened its doors for the new academic year on Wednesday, August 21st, for an orientation so students could meet teachers and get comfortable with the layout of the school and find their classrooms. Students received their printed schedules and had a chance to congregate in the numerous open spaces with friends, as well as in the library where there were fun activities set up for the students. It was a nice welcome to the start of the second academic school year at the Academies, which officially started on the 22nd.








Congratulations to our SkillsUSA members from the Academies of Loudoun who brought home awards. Check out the winners in Features!

Here are a few upcoming events for this week:

April 22: Admission Office Tour – Sterling MS (11:00 AM to 1:30 PM)

April 23: Admitted students orientation for Advanced AET and MATA (6 PM to 7:30 PM)

April 24 & 25: Advanced STEM Certification visit

April 24: US Navy visit at lunch (12:45 PM to 1:30 PM)

April 24:  Student Services, Junior Parent Night  (6:30 PM to  8 PM)

April 24 to 26: Centennial Technologies lunch visit (12:45 PM to 1:30 PM)

April 26: Parent Coffee with Administration (8:30 AM to 9:30 AM)

April 26:  Amazing Lash Studios in Cosmetology (2:30 PM to 3:15 PM)

April 26: Academies of Loudoun Student Dance (8 PM to 11 PM)

WELCOME TO THE ACADEMIES ONLINE, the digital newspaper produced by the Newspaper Club for the Academies of Loudoun. The newspaper serves as a resource for our school community and beyond to report relevant, interesting and newsworthy information. The staff is committed to fostering critical thinking in our reporting, as well as using our Features section to showcase the work and activities of students and faculty in an effort to build a strong and cohesive school spirit. Our coverage includes not only feature articles about what’s happening here at the Academies but also what’s trending in the world at large. We’ll turn the spotlight on individual students and teachers, share photos, and provide reviews of books, movies, and restaurants here in Loudoun County. Please contact Ms. Roberts at froberts@lcps.org if you’re interested in joining the Newspaper Club and being a part of our staff!