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Below is a list of current & upcoming initiatives for the 2017-18 School Year. Check back often as additional information and new initiatives are added.


  • Career Center

    • The School Board is planning for the expected growth in high school enrollment and approved the planning for 700-800 additional high school seats to be added at the Career Center.  A long-range site plan is also currently being developed for consideration.
    • More information
  • Elementary Planning Initiative

    • Review will look at elementary walk zones and locations of neighborhood and option schools.
    • Final goal will be to adjust all elementary boundaries
    • More Information
  • Strategic Plan

    • Development of a new strategic plan is gearing upto define mission, vision and core values, and articulate goals and aspirations for students, staff,and APS as a whole.
    • Community engagement process begins in November.
    • There will be opportunities to participate throughout the school year
    • More Information
  • Acceptable Use (Technology / 1:1 Device)

    • The School Board requested that APS develop guidelines to guide how our students use digital devices to support their learning.
    • The School Board reviewed in January
    • More information
  • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)



  • Middle School Boundary Change

    • A sixth neighborhood middle school is opening at the Stratford site in Fall 2019. On Dec. 14 the School Approved Updated Option A.v2.  The Boundary Change will be in effect starting in School Year 2019-2020.
    • More information on middle school boundaries
  • 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. The School Board furthermore directed the Superintendent to develop recommendations for the instructional focus.
    • More information on Education Center
  • New School Principal Search

    • APS will open a new middle school in September 2019 at the Stratford site (currently the location of HB Woodlawn and the Stratford Program). We are conducting a nationwide search for a principal to lead this new school, and are seeking community input.
    • APS is conducting a nationwide search for a principal to lead the new elementary school at Drew, and is working with the community in preparation for the new school that will launch in September 2019.
    • More Information
  • Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget

    • Community Engagement begins in November..
    • Budget & Finance for additional information.
  • Your Voice Matters

    • Why is APS conducting the Your Voice Matters Survey?
    • This new survey is a collaboration between APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) to provide the Arlington community with a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being. Key topics include bullying, communication, safety, quality of instruction, collaboration, and cultural responsiveness. This feedback is vital in helping Arlington strengthen programs for students and families.This collaborative effort has been undertaken to streamline previous survey efforts: the site-based survey, community satisfaction survey and Developmental Assets survey. APS and APCYF found that there were many thematic overlaps between the previous surveys and decided to develop a new survey that will reduce burden on survey takers, maximize impact of results, and keep on top of issues that matter to the Arlington community in a more timely manner.
    • More Information
  • 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.
    • New Elementary School at Reed Design & Construction BLPC (Building Level Planning Committee) page
  • Naming Policy

    • The School Board is in the process of reviewing all APS policies including School Board policy 50-1.10 Naming of Schools/Facilities. The School Board is directing the Superintendent and staff to review and recommend more comprehensive Naming Criteria for the School/Facility Naming Policy to strengthen the criteria for school names.
    • More Information


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