The child has to be 4 years old on or before September 30th.
The child’s family must meet income eligibility guidelines. The total annual household income must be at or below $86,000 for School Year 2013-2014. ($86,000 is 80% of median income for a family of four in Arlington County.) Annual household income is determined by completing the Office of Early Childhood Income Verification form.
The child needs to be toilet trained at the time of entry into the program.
When do I apply?
Applications are accepted between February 1st and April 15th at 4:00 pm.
Applications received during this time period are placed together in one pool of applicants and are then divided according to eligibility criteria based on household income. If there are more applications than spaces available, a random double-blind lottery is used to select the order of applicants invited to enroll.
Applications received after April 15th are placed on the wait list after applicants who applied between February 1-April 15th.
Where do I apply?
Students can apply to more than one school based on their address.
A student’s neighborhood school is determined by the student’s home address. Each neighborhood school is served by one or more schools that offer VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes.
To determine corresponding schools for the neighborhood school, look at page two of the VPI Pre-Kindergarten Application or call the Office of Early Childhood at 703-228-8632.
There are 34 VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes located at the following schools: Abingdon, Arlington Science Focus, Arlington Traditional School, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett,Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Drew, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Key, Long Branch, Oakridge, and Randolph. See below for more information about each school.
How do I apply?
Submit a VPI Pre-Kindergarten Application and Office of Early Childhood Income Verification form with required documents to the school or schools that correspond to the student’s neighborhood school.
The Office of Early Childhood Income Verification form requires either a) a copy of 2011 or 2012 federal tax return showing adjusted gross income or b) copies of the three most recent pay stubs or letters of employment.
A separate application must be completed for each school in which the student would like to enroll.
Applications are also available at all schools with VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes, School and Community Relations and the Office of Early Childhood.
The purpose of the home visit is to help the child make a smooth transition from home to school and to create a positive connection between the teacher and the child’s family.
A home visit is a special time that families can share about their child and their family.
Teachers will also share valuable information during the home visit that will help a family prepare their child to be successful in school.
Home visits are an opportunity to build relationships between home and school. When there is a positive and open relationship, children succeed!
5.Will my child attend specials offered at the school?
Yes, VPI Pre-Kindergarten children participate in art, music, physical education and library.
VPI Pre-Kindergarten children also participate in other school wide activities and special offerings as appropriate.
6. Will my child be able to take a nap?
Yes, VPI Pre-Kindergarten children have a rest time in the afternoon.
7. What does it mean to be “toilet trained”?
Acceptance into the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is for children who are toilet trained.
The Office of Early Childhood understands that being toilet trained is a developmental skill that children reach at different ages and informs parents to select this preschool option only if their child is toilet trained.
The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program does not provide the staffing or have the facilities to provide toilet training for children
A toilet trained child wears underwear during the day at school and at home, uses the bathroom independently, indicates the need to use the bathroom, and is able to remove most clothes as necessary with little adult assistance.
A child is not yet considered toilet trained for APS preschool programs if the child continues to have toileting accidents after the first month of school; has 8 or more toileting accidents in the first month, or has a toileting accident three or more times a week during a three week period of a time.
8. How many schools offer VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes?
The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is open for all eligible children who live in Arlington regardless of whether your neighborhood school has a VPI Pre-Kindergarten class.
VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes are located at the following schools: Abingdon, Arlington Science Focus, ArlingtonTraditionalSchool, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Drew, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Key, Long Branch, Oakridge, andRandolph.
There are 34 VPI Pre-Kindergarten classes available in Arlington in School Year 2013-2014. Remember that students can apply to more than one school based on their home address.
9. How can I find out more about the program?
The APS website has information about the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program, including an overview of the curriculum, learning environment and goals of the program.
Teachers and school leaders at the individual schools are able to provide more information about the program.
The Office of Early Childhood can provide further information about the VPI Pre-Kindergarten program, as well as the other early childhood program offerings at Arlington Public Schools at 703-228-8632.
10. Is transportation provided for VPI students?
Transportation is provided for VPI Pre-Kindergarten students who live in the attendance zone of the school or use bus stops established for K-12 students attending the same school.
Transportation is also provided for all students who attend the county-wide program at Hoffman-Boston regardless of where they live.
11. What are the tuition fees for VPI?
The VPI Pre-Kindergarten program is free.
Extended Day 2013-2014
Which schools have extended day programs for 4 year olds?
The following schools have extended day for four year olds: Abingdon, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Claremont, Drew, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Key, Oakridge, and Randolph.
How much does Extended Day cost?
For more information about Extended Day, please contact the Extended Day office at2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington,VA 22204. The phone number is 703-228-6069.
How do I enroll in Extended Day?
You must enroll directly with Extended Day.
For more information about Extended Day, please contact the Extended Day office at 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204. The phone number is 703-228-6069.
Teacher parent conferences are held twice a year. You may request a conference with your child's teacher at any time. Pre-K progress reports are written and distributed at conferences in March and sent home in June. Below are links to the blank Pre-K progress reports.
Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or marital status. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials and extra-curricular activities. Report violations of this policy to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 703-228-6008, or the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, 703-228-6110.