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Alexandria and Arlington School Signage

The Alexandria and Arlington school year is now back in full swing—and that means fundraisers, homecomings, and other school activities. When it comes to creating signs to promote these events, most schools provide their students and faculty with large rolls of paper and a shiny new pack of markers. The trouble with this is that it’s not exactly professional and can often have the opposite intended effect. No call-to-actions, poor kerning, and other sign design mistakes are all too common. If your Alexandria or Arlington school needs signage to promote an event or improve the quality of life on campus, here are five affordable signage options that can help make a huge impact.


Banners are the most popular types of signs that you’ll find in any given school. Due to their massive size, they can be seen from very long distances. Many schools will use them on their outside perimeter chain-link fences to promote a wide variety of activities. A professionally designed banner from AlphaGraphics of Alexandria and Arlington will provide your school with a beautiful and vivid sign that will last a lot longer than the highlighter-and-paper ones made by the students. Choose from a wide variety of mounting options, such as metal grommets, wire, and heavy-duty Velcro. We can create almost any size banner for your next school event thanks to our large format printers.

Sidewalk Signs

Also known as A-frames or sandwich signs, a sidewalk sign can serve a wide variety of purposes. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many schools will use sidewalk signs at various school entrance points to remind students to use masks or keep a 6’ distance from others. Other ideas include:
  • Traffic safety information in student/faculty parking lot
  • Promoting events in the school library
  • Managing student foot traffic in the cafeteria
When it comes to sidewalk signs, you can opt for chalkboard, corkboard, or dry erase. Weather and UV-resistant inks will allow the sign to stand up to the sun’s harsh morning or afternoon rays.

Wayfinding, Yard, and Site Signage

When was the last time you updated your school wayfinding signage? Over the years or decades since they were first installed, classrooms have changed, offices have moved, and what they currently reflect—may not actually be correct. Yard signs are another cost-effective way of promoting school events. Bright, vivid inks and sturdy metal prongs that go into the grass or ground will help draw attention from far and wide. Best of all, when the event is over, you can re-use them over and over again. Some of the more common wayfinding, yard, and site signage materials you can choose from are wood, PVC, Coroplast, aluminum, and vinyl. No matter what type you opt for, AlphaGraphics of Alexandria and Raleigh experts will create the perfect-looking professional sign for your school.

Flags and Stands

Promote school pride and help those in the bleachers cheering on the players with flags and stands. They work perfect for any outdoor sporting event and are sturdy enough to stand up to anything Mother Nature can throw at them. At the end of the game, a single person can easily break down the flag or stand and store it in a secure area for the next event. Teardrop flags are prevalent at football, soccer, and other outdoor games as they flutter in the breeze and turn a bare empty field into a rally for the home team.

Plaques and Awards

Plaques and awards are not just for star athletes—many Alexandria and Arlington schools use them to award students for a wide variety of reasons:
  • Good grades
  • Good attendance
  • Merit awards
  • Science project fairs
The list of reasons why a student should receive an award are endless. You can choose from the traditional plaques or opt for something a bit showier—such as laser-engraved medals, acrylic plaques, or even photoengraving. The sky is the literal limit when it comes to awards and plaques. If you’re unsure as to exactly what you’re looking for, the sign experts at AlphaGraphics of Alexandria and Arlington will sit down with you and show you the various options for your consideration. Once you determine what you like, we’ll get to work creating the perfect plaque or award for your students or faculty members.

School Signage Design and Creation in Alexandria and Arlington

The signage in and around your school helps promote events, school spirit, and provides students, visitors, and faculty alike with clear instructions on the rules. At AlphaGraphics of Alexandria and Arlington, we can help you design and create the perfect school sign for your next event. We’ve helped countless local organizations with their signage needs over the years. If you’d like to speak to a marketing expert about your business, give us a call at (703) 549-2432 or contact us on our website.

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