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2008 Graduate – Matthew Mixon

Matthew MixonAlexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Located along the Western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 6 miles  south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been shaped by its proximity to the nation’s capital. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government.

The first settlement was established in 1695 in what was then the British Colony of Virginia. Around 1746, Captain Philip Alexander II (1704-1753) moved to what is south of present Duke Street in Alexandria. His estate consisted of 500 acres. Philip and his cousin Captain John Alexander (1711-1763) gave land to assist in the development of Alexandria, and are thus listed as the founders.

In 1791, Alexandria was included in the area chosen by George Washington to become the District of Columbia. A portion of the City of Alexandria—namely known as “Old Town”— and all of today’s Arlington County share the distinction of having been originally in Virginia, ceded to the U.S. Government to form the District of Columbia, and later retro ceded to Virginia by the federal government in 1846, when the District was reduced in size to exclude the portion south of the Potomac River. The City of Alexandria was re-chartered in 1852. The City of Alexandria became independent of Alexandria County in 1870. The remaining portion of Alexandria County changed its name to Arlington County in 1920, which ended years of confusion.

Please meet Citizens’ High School’s very own Matthew Mixon.  He definitely is not confused.  Matt graduated last May and as you can see in the picture, is now a proud member of the U.S. Air force.

Matt chose home study because the local public school district in Virginia (where he resided with his uncle and aunt) considered him an out-of-district student because his mother resided in Texas. Considered an out-of-district student, He was exposed to burdensome annual attendance fees. Citizens’ High School offered a high quality accredited high school education at affordable costs to Matt.  “I recommend home study at Citizens’ High School for anyone interested in academic advancement.”

Matt attended two different public high schools in Texas before relocating to Virginia. He had good friends and good teachers at both schools. After he began his academics at Citizens’ High School, Matt realized how much of the academic day in traditional high schools is lost to unproductive things like commute time, dead time, and distractions. “I really appreciated my Citizens’ High School courses because they allowed me to focus on what was important-without all the distractions.”

After graduating from Citizens’ in May 2007, Matt completed 18 semester hours of college via distance education from Frederick Community College and Brigham Young University. He left for Air Force basic training in January of 2008. After basic training, he will attend Air Force technical training to prepare him for work in the intelligence field. “After gaining more college credits for my Air Force training, I will pursue completion of an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force. From there I will continue my formal education until I have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree.”

Its stories like Matt’s that give us at Citizens’ a healthy feeling of pride.  We are grateful that we can provide a solution to overbearing government regulations.


Matthew Mixon is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for July 2008.