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 & upcoming initiatives for the 2019-20 School Year. Check back often as additional information and new initiatives are added.


    • Arlington Public Schools Search for New Permanent Superintendent

      • Learn about the search for the new permanent APS Superintendent
      • More information
    • Elementary School Planning for 2021 – 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
    • Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

      • APS is seeking community input to inform the interview panels screening candidates for the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer position.
      • More information
    • 2020-21 School Year Calendar

      • APS is currently seeking community input on the 2020-2021 calendar. We are providing three draft starting points to gather feedback.
      • More information
    • Preparing for the 2021-30 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – including the 2019 Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP)

      • 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.
        By June 2020, the School Board will adopt a new Fiscal Year 2021-30 CIP.
      • The Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP) is the first step in the CIP process. View the 2019 AFSAP.
      • More information
    • School Board Policies

    • Pre K -12 Instructional Program Pathways

      • 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
    • Career Center

    • Education Center

      • The School Board, at its June 29, 2017 meeting, approved the renovation for the Education Center building (1426 N. Quincy St.) to provide approximately 500-600+ high school seats. Construction will begin in 2019-20 to be ready for September 2020-21.
      • More information on Education Center
    • Reed Building

      • APS’ Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2017-26 includes up to $55 million for the Reed Building Expansion, creating 725+ elementary seats that will open for August 2021.
      • Learn about design and construction the New Elementary School at Reed.



      • ASFS-Key School Building Swap

        • Planning for the building swap with ASFS and Key has been paused.
        • More information
      • Annual Online Verification Process (First Day Packet)

        • For the 2019-20 school year, Arlington Public Schools (APS) will implement a new annual online verification process for updating and maintaining accurate student information. This new process will replace the First Day Packet students used to receive on the first day of school.”
        • More information
      • Bus Transportation Service Review

        • APS is conducting a Bus Transportation Services Review in Spring 2019. This process will inform updates to APS transportation policy and procedures, and help identify efficiencies in our system as we manage resources and meet the needs of our growing student population.
        • More information
      • Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

        • Development of the FY 2020 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget is underway
        • Preliminary data shows we will have to close a $43 million gap for the FY 2020 budget
        • Please provide your comments and suggestions on ways to help us close this $43 million gap
        • The Superintendent’s Proposed Budget will be presented on February 28, 2019
        • Budget & Finance for additional information
      • School Naming/Renaming Processes

        • On June 7, 2018, the School Board adopted a revised policy for Naming of Facilities (F-6.1). The policy describes how APS manages Requests to Rename Schools/Facilities.
        • Beginning this fall, six schools will be named or renamed according to the revised policy.
        • More information
      • Fall 2018 Elementary School Boundary Process

        • Boundary process will create attendance zones for new schools and balance enrollment across several schools
        • Final goal will be to adjust elementary boundaries at schools involved to take effect in September 2019
        • More Information