Arlington County Public Schools

Arlington Public Schools follows seven core values: Excellence, Equity, Inclusivity, Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, and Stewardship – these values guide instruction and community. For Quick Facts about APS, visit here.  There are thirty seven schools across the district (see breakdown of levels below). To learn more about the registration process, visit here.

APS offers an Extended Day program that provides before and after school care for students. The program also runs through the summer.

Elementary Schools: 23 

Middle Schools: 6 

High Schools: 4 

Secondary (grades 6-12): 1 

Other Programs: 7

From the APS website, “Programs include one of the nation’s most advanced electronic classroom installations, a Spanish-English partial immersion program at all grade levels, an International Baccalaureate Program, three countywide alternative schools offering education choice, and a career center providing advanced vocational and technical training.”

Special Education

Arlington offers a variety of inclusive programs and interventions for the special education population. The Parent Resource Center is part of the Office of Special Education and offers information & referrals, parent learning opportunities, and a lending library. 

Gifted Services

Gifted services are implemented through school-based and county-wide initiatives. Eligibility and screening information may be found here. Universal screenings are done in elementary and middle school and self-referrals are an option. A springtime deadline for self-referrals is typical. 

Early Education 

APS offers three programs for their youngest students. There are fifteen APS elementary schools housing the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).  This program has income eligibility requirements and students must be four by September 30 to qualify. Primary Montessori (offered at six schools) is for ages 3-5.  There is a sliding fee scale. The Community Peer Pre-K Program is the third option and is available in most of the APS elementary schools. There is a lottery for the program. 

Arlington County Pre-K Child Find identifies children between the ages of 2-5 years who have educational disabilities. 

Curriculum & Instruction

Overviews of the programs of study are available for all levels of schooling. Interested families will want to work with administration and read through the documents available at the website. APS, like many of the school systems in Northern Virginia, also offers dual enrollment.