About the Academy 


Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, The Alexandria Academy of Fine Arts and Science was created by co-founders Anne Craner and Amy High in 2001. Both women shared an extensive background in education and a vision to bring together young teachers with the knowledge and ability to inspire children with a true love of learning.

Judging by our continued growth, the Academy has filled a need in the Old Town community. We have quickly built an excellent reputation among parents wanting to give their young children an appreciation for science and the arts.

The Academy's faculty has been an integral part of its success because they all bring an overflowing, infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter to their classes. Even the most reserved children can't help but get involved!


"Thank you for everything you and everyone at LOA has done for our son over the past year and a half. We've been thrilled with the school, and are so sad to see it ending. As he walked out the door this morning to go to school, he said 'I'm going to school to see all my friends.' I asked him who his friends were, and he replied 'everyone!' He has loved it there so much, and it's been such a good place for him. Thanks again for everything."

"Little One Academy has been a source of enormous growth and development for our daughter. The environment at Little One Academy is both nurturing and stimulating - the teachers have an amazing ability to teach and guide toddlers and young preschoolers. Ms. Lauren and Ms. Terri provide a nurturing learning environment at Little One Academy where every child has the opportunity to learn and develop at his or her own pace while fostering a climate of friendship and cooperation."


Our Founders 


Anne Craner
Anne earned her BA and MA in art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. From 1983 to 1996, she was a research associate in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was a curator at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She has taught Spanish and French at Old Town Montessori and CHAW in D.C.

Amy High 
Amy received her BA degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and her MA from the University of Virginia. A member of the American Classical League and the Classical Association of Northern Virginia, Amy regularly studied Latin in Rome. She taught Latin at Paul VI and W.T. Woodson high schools and in Fairfax County elementary schools, and she tutored countless area students. Amy died suddenly in September 2003 at age 39. The Amy High Latin Scholarship has been set up by her husband, Tim Gale, to enable Latin students to continue their studies in Rome.

For more information contact us! 

425 South Washington Street | Alexandria, VA | 22314 | aafas1@aol.com

Tel: 703-447-0763 



425 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Tel: 703-447-0763

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