Engage with Us!

Learn more about topics that will be discussed for School Board action this school year and find out how to stay informed and be involved.

Below is a list of current and upcoming initiatives for the 2021-22 school year. Check back often as additional information and new initiatives are added.

The community is encouraged to contact Engage with APS! specifically about APS initiatives. For other concerns or feedback, please visit the Contact APS webpage for information on who to contact within APS to provide you with a prompt response.


CURRENT INITIATIVES:

    • 2022-23 School Year Calendar

      • The calendar committee met in September and has proposed two options for the school year calendar for 2022-23.
      • The community is invited to provide input on the school calendar through an online survey.
      • More information
    • Fall 2021 Boundary Process

      • Limited boundary adjustments will be made where needed to balance enrollment and utilize instructional spaces across neighboring school facilities.
      • Adjustments will be made between Abingdon and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary Schools, Gunston and Jefferson Middle Schools, and Wakefield and Washington-Liberty High Schools. The changes will be implemented in Fall 2022.
      • More information
    • APS and School Resource Officers

      • APS is reviewing our school division’s relationship and operations with School Resource Officers (SROs), including the review and monitor of the APS Memorandum of Understanding with Arlington County Police Department (ACPD).
      • A Work Group has been formed to work with APS staff in this process during the 2020-21 school year.
      • More information
    • Arlington Career Center

      • Plan for the redevelopment of the Arlington Career Center which will be part of the Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023-32 CIP.
      • More information will be available soon.
    • FY 2023 Budget

      • The Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023 Budget will improve operational efficiency and include the first phase of the compensation plan
      • Strengthen and improve system-wide operations with focus on financial sustainability
      • Develop phased plan to ensure all salary scales and benefits are market competitive and sustainable
      • More information will be available in early 2022.
      • Timeline –
        • Fall – School Board will provide budget direction
        • Feb. 24, 2022 – Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023 Budget presentation and Work session #1
        • May 12, 2022 – School Board acts on FY 2023 Budget
    • Langston & New Directions Co-Location

      • The New Directions program is moving and will be co-located at the Langston-Brown building with the Langston Continuation Program for the 2021-22 school year.
      • More information
    • Virtual Town Halls

      • The community is invited to two virtual town halls in August to address the upcoming school year.
      • More information
    • Wakefield Football Team Incident Information & Updates

      • Information and updates on the Wakefield-Marshall incident that occurred on March 5, 2021.
      • More information
    • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) FY 2023-32

      • The Superintendent will propose a 10-year CIP, within budget that includes
        • Relocation of ACHS – to be completed by August 2023
        • Redevelopment of the Arlington Career Center
        • A long-range plan to renovate existing school facilities that provides, with a schedule of renovations to be completed, and  the order of priority with supporting rationale
      • More information
    • School Board Policies

    • Instructional Programs and Pathways (IPP)

      • Through the IPP process, APS is addressing one of the implementation strategies of the Strategic Plan to ensure multiple pathways to student success: “Increase high-quality options for PreK-12 instructional models within and beyond neighborhood schools.”
      • More information
    • Dual Language Immersion Visioning

      • As part of the Instructional Programs and Pathways framework, APS is beginning a K-12 visioning process for the dual language immersion program. The visioning process is scheduled to begin in February 2021 for completion by early 2022.
      • More information
    • Dual Language Immersion Elementary Feeder Committee

      • The Elementary Feeder School Structure Committee will review the current elementary school feeder structure (As of 2021-22) for the Dual Language Immersion program and make a recommendation on revisions. Work will begin in September 2021.
      • More information

RECENTLY COMPLETED INITIATIVES:

    • Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget

      • The Fiscal Year 2022 Budget was approved by the School Board on May 6, 2021.
      • Budget & Finance for additional information
    • Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process

    • K-12 Planning Unit Data Review

      • The K-12 Planning Unit Data Review questionnaire is available for individuals interested in reviewing and providing feedback on APS enrollment projection data and Arlington County Housing Unit data by planning unit for community members interested in a detailed data review.The goal of the Data Review process is to post and review data by planning unit, for community members interested in a detailed data review, that will be used for the following Fall 2021 processes, which would take effect at the start of the 2022-23 school year:- Boundary adjustments for neighborhood Middle and High Schools
        – Boundary adjustments for Abingdon and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary Schools
      • More information
    • Planning for School Moves 2021

      • The School Board adopted a proposal on Feb. 6, 2020, to move two elementary option schools (Key Immersion and Arlington Traditional) to new sites and the majority of McKinley students to the new neighborhood school under construction at the Reed site. These changes will take effect in August 2021.
      • A cross-departmental team is planning to support this transition. All staff are dedicated to making these transitions as easy as possible for students and families. Throughout this school moves process, information will be shared with the community. Please note that this webpage will be updated to include site-specific information when available.
      • More information
    • New Principal Searches

      • APS is currently working to fill Principal positions at Dr. Charles R. Drew and Barrett elementary schools.
      • More information
    • School Naming/Renaming Processes 2021

      • On Feb. 6, 2020, the School Board adopted School Moves. As a result, several schools will shift locations and a new neighborhood elementary school will open on the Key site. Impacted school communities may be engaged in naming or renaming processes to provide recommendations for the School Board to consider.
      • More information
    • 2021-22 Family Selection Process

      • Information about the upcoming school year and the current family selection process
      • More information
    • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2021 and Future CIPs

      • Every two years, the School Board adopts a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that addresses APS capital needs—investments needed to improve or enhance the infrastructure of our schools—over the next ten years. The CIP includes major capital projects, such as new schools and school additions, as well as major maintenance and minor construction projects
      • The School Board has adopted a new Fiscal Year 2021 CIP in June 2020.
      • The Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP) is the first step in the CIP process. View the 2019 AFSAP
      • More information
    • 2021-22 Abingdon-Drew Transfer Pilot

      • This transfer pilot allows students who live in the Abingdon attendance zone, and who will be in Grades K-5 in the 2021-22 school year, to apply for a neighborhood transfer to Drew. This is a new tool to manage enrollment between two neighboring schools, one that is over capacity and one that can accommodate additional students.
      • More information
    • Barcroft School Calendar Alignment

      • APS has proposed to align the Barcroft Elementary School Modified School Year Calendar (MSYC) to the traditional APS elementary school year calendar.
      • The School Board adopted the proposal on December 3,2020 and this change will go into effect in Fall 2021.
      • More information
    • Development of the 2021-22 School Year Calendar

      • The Calendar Committee met in September to discuss a first draft option and provide input.
      • APS is seeking community input from families, staff, and community members. A survey is open through October 30, 2020.
      • More information
    • Your Voice Matters Survey 2020

    • Elementary School Planning for 2021 Phase 1- Pre Boundary Planning

      • Planning for the 2020 Elementary School Boundary process will take part in four phases. The first phase begins November 2019.
      • More information