Waco City Academy


Applications are now closed. Please check back in early 2023 for future opportunities!

Waco City Academy is a ten-week class that teaches you about civic engagement and your local government. Sessions will include presentations and interactive activities from each City of Waco department to show you the day-to-day challenges of running a local government. Waco City Academy will take place on nine Thursday evenings plus a Saturday session. Graduates will be recognized at a City Council meeting. For more information, contact us at  neighborhoods@wacotx.gov or (254) 750-5774.


To be eligible for Waco City Academy, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Reside within Waco city limits.
  • Be able to participate in classroom-style sessions with guided tours and activities (Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.)
  • Be able to commit to attend classes for two hours per week.
  • Have an interest in learning more about your local government.


Due to space limitations, Waco City Academy classes are limited to 25 participants. Participants will be selected on a first applied, first enrolled basis. Three seats will be reserved for residents from each council district. The remaining ten seats will be filled regardless of district. The application includes a short application with a brief essay question.

The 2022 Waco City Academy class has been filled, and applications are now closed. Future classes will be held annually in the spring. Check back in early 2023 for more information about the next cohort.

Each year, applications are available online and at Waco City Hall. If you need help getting the application, please contact us at (254) 750-5774 or neighborhoods@wacotx.gov.


Each session will focus on one the City of Waco’s strategic goals featuring presentations from each department that best represent that goal. Participants are expected to attend every session. Attendance of at least eight of the ten sessions is required to graduate.

2022 Schedule
  • Thursday evening classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. September 8 to October 27 plus November 10.
  • Saturday field trip will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 5.
  • Graduation will be held on Tuesday, November 15 during the Waco City Council meeting. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a recognition at 6 p.m. during the business session.
  • Full 2022 class schedule(PDF, 164KB)