Freshman & New Student Orientation 2020

Welcome to Annandale High School! We understand that transitioning into high school or moving to a new school can be exciting, nerve-racking, and overwhelming. To help you with this transition, we have compiled a variety of resources that are typically of interest to students entering a new school and/or starting their high school journey. “Meet” your administrators, counselor, and teachers. Take a virtual tour of the building and hear current students welcome and encourage you. Learn what AHS has to offer when it comes to mental health, activities, and the library. Hear how to excel with academics and attendance. Finally, check out our photo gallery celebrating all the wonderful times we have at Annandale HS, both in and out of the classroom. WELCOME!

Rollover and click on the sections listed below to view each introduction.

Follow along as some of our student leaders take you on a brief tour of our building. Watch their video on YouTube here.

Listen to some current Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors as they eagerly welcome you to Annandale High School and provide some helpful hints as you transfer into high school (or you join a new high school). Watch their YouTube video here.

Our clinicians (school psychologists and school social workers) introduce themselves and talk about resources available to you if you are struggling emotionally. Click on each clinician's name to view their introduction video on YouTube.

Mr. Jennison, our Dean of Students, discusses the importance of attendance and the policies related to attendance. Watch the Flipgridattendance video here.

  • Listen to our Director of Student Activities, Mr. Ellenberger, discuss the importance of getting involved in AHS activities and sports and how to go about joining these activities. Watch his Flipgrid video here
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  • Review this Google document (requires login) to see what sports are offered, who the coaches are, and how to get in touch with them. Be sure to be logged in to your FCPS Google account.

Mr. Vitelli, one of our school counselors, talks about basic academic matters to get the school year started - the daily schedule, where and how to get help if you need it, and why it’s important to do well in all of your classes. Watch his YouTube video here.

Hear our librarians introduce themselves and discuss how they can support you. Watch their YouTube video here.

Explore pictures taken by our yearbook (the Antenna) and our newspaper (the A-Blast), showcasing the various activities that take place both in and out of the classroom. See how much fun it is to be involved! Check out the photo gallery in Google photos here. (requires login)