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Arlington Tech  |  Drew Visioning  |  ATSS  |  Personalized Learning  |  HS Experience Redesign  |  New High School  |  Whole Child  |  Continuous Instructional Improvement  |  Enrollment & Transfers  |  Capital Improvement Projects  |  HS Boundary Refinements  |  Community Facilities Study | Montessori | Education CenterMiddle School Boundaries

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

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.

Find out more 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.

Find out more 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 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.

Find out more 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.

Find out more about the High School Experience Redesign

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 New High School plans

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.

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

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


For more information email APS Plans or call (703) 228-6279.


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