Previous Initiatives

2018-24 Strategic Plan | 2018 Your Voice Matters2019-28 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) | Naming PolicyNew School Principal SearchFiscal Year (FY)Engagement SaturdayArlington Tech  | Acceptable Use (Technology / 1:1 Device) | Drew Visioning | ATSS | Personalized Learning  |  HS Experience Redesign | 1300 New High School Seats | Whole ChildContinuous Instructional Improvement  |  Options and Transfers | Capital Improvement Projects | HS Boundary Refinements | Community Facilities Study | Montessori | Middle School Boundary Change | Education Center | Middle School Boundaries |

2018-24 Strategic Plan

  • Development of a new strategic plan is gearing up to 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 on the 2018-24 Strategic Plan

2018 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.

More information on the 2018 Your Voice Matters

2019-28 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

  • Planning for the FY 2019-28 CIP
  • Previous CIPs

More information on the 2019-28 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

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 on the Naming Policy

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.

Engagement Saturday, September 23

Input received at the September 23rd Engagement event

Arlington Tech Expansion

Arlington Tech is an all day, full-time high school program offered at the Career Center. The program is designed to provide hands-on, project-based, and work-based learning experiences. College credits may be earned through dual enrolled academic and CTE courses.

More information on Arlington Tech

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 on Acceptable Use (Technology / 1:1 Device)

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

Drew Model School Visioning 

As APS prepares to move the Montessori program in 2019, this is an opportunity to collaborate with the neighborhood and community to develop a shared vision for the future of Drew Model School.

More information about Drew Visioning

Montessori Move

Patrick Henry Elementary School will move to the new Alice Fleet Elementary School site in September, 2019, allowing the Montessori Program currently at Drew Model Elementary to move into the Patrick Henry building that year. A Montessori Working Group was established to recommend the grade configuration for the Montessori Program at the Henry site for 2019.

More information about the Montessori Move

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 Boundary Change

Middle School Boundary Change (Fall 2017)

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.

Implementing Instructional Support for ATSS, Dyslexia & Inclusion

Arlington’s Tiered System of Support (ATSS) helps each student reach success in academics, behavior and social emotional well-being through a district-wide framework that provides additional resources and supports.

More information about ATSS

Personalized/Individualized Learning

Personalized learning empowers students to leverage technology and support learning through flexibility and choice while ensuring instruction and outcomes are connected to each student’s unique talents, skills and interests.

More information on Personalized Learning

Redesign of High School Experience and Diploma Requirements

Over the next several years, our schools will be impacted by the work of the Virginia General Assembly that will result in the redesign of high schools. This redesign will occur due to a greater emphasis on:

  • expanding the use of performance assessments and reducing the number of credits verified by SOL tests;
  • increasing internships and work-based learning experiences;
  • increasing career exposure, exploration, and planning; and
  • emphasizing critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship.

More information about the High School Experience Redesign

1300 New High School Seats (formerly New High School)

By September 2022, APS will open the doors to a new high school.Beginning in February 2017, we will launch a community engagement process to determine the instructional focus for the new high school.

More about the 1300 New High School Seats

Implementing the Whole Child Framework

The Whole Child framework defines the APS vision to develop a sustainable approach and ensure that each student is “healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and academically challenged.”

More about the Whole Child

Continuous Instructional Improvement

APS has a number of processes in place to update instructional programs.  Below are a few examples and links to more information about each.

Options and Transfers (Formerly APS Enrollment and Transfers for Schools and Programs Policy Revisions)

Information on the process, timeline and more for the revisions of the School Board policy.

Capitol Improvement Projects

APS develops a ten-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to address future facility needs.

HS Boundary Refinements (Fall 2016)

Ongoing school boundary refinement processes.

Long Term Facilities Planning with the County Board

The 2015 Community Facilities Study (CFS) identified key challenges facing Arlington County, including scarcity of land for public facilities, changing demographics, and a shrinking commercial tax base. The study recommended a County/APS Long Range Planning Process to address these needs. The Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) is an advisory body jointly appointed by the County Board and the School Board. This was a recommendation within the 2015 Community Facilities Study.More information on the Community Facilities Study


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