Citizens Academy

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Fairfax University logo autumn 2017Learn how the City of Fairfax government functions and how city services are provided by attending the Fairfax University Citizens Academy.

The program consists of three weekday evening classes in city municipal buildings and a Saturday morning tour of city facilities.

Students are encouraged to attend the "happy hour" before each class, and light refreshments will be served.

A continental breakfast will be served before the city tour, which leaves from Fire Station #3. Students board a CUE Bus for a guided tour of the city and various municipal facilities.

Upon completion of the program, graduates of the Fairfax University Citizens Academy will receive a certificate at a ceremony during a City Council meeting.

The autumn 2017 course schedule is:

  • Thursday, October 19, City of Fairfax Police Station, 3730 Old Lee Highway
    • 6:30 pm: happy hour
    • 7-9:30 pm: class
  • Saturday, October 21, Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive
    • 8:30 pm: continental breakfast
    • 9 am to noon: city tour
  • Thursday, October 26, Emergency Operations Center, City Hall Annex Room 300
    • 6:30 pm: happy hour
    • 7-9:30 pm: class
  • Thursday, November 2, City of Fairfax Police Station, 3730 Old Lee Highway
    • 6:30 pm: happy hour
    • 7-9:30 pm: class
  • Tuesday, November 14, City of Fairfax Council Chamber
    • 7 pm: graduation ceremony during City Council meeting


Enrollment for the free course is open to adults age 18 and older who work or live in the city. Students must commit to attend all components of the course. Click here to apply for the academy.

Attendance is limited to 30 students. Once the current session is filled, applications are filed for the next available session.

The city plans to offer the academy again in spring 2018, and will announce the dates for this session in the future.

Information: email, 703-385-7850

The City of Fairfax is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request reasonable accommodations for any type of disability, please email, or call 703-385-7850.