Countywide Services: High School

The following opportunities listed in the brochure (English) and highlighted below are extension opportunities beyond the regular school day:

  • The Virginia Department of Education, in conjunction with localities, sponsors regional Academic-Year Governor’s Schools that serve gifted high school students during the academic year. Arlington Public School grade eight students may contact their middle school counselor about how to apply to the Northern Virginia Governor’s High School for the Gifted – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  Please find the eligibility and admissions information here.
  • Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; medicine and life science; or through mentorships in marine science or engineering. Arlington Public School students in grades 10 and 11 who are eligible for gifted services in the arts and academic areas may contact their resource teachers for the gifted in October about how to apply for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools for the Gifted and General Information for Students and Parents. For more detailed information please visit the Summer Programs section.
  • The Virginia Department of Education sponsors the Governor’s World Language Academies, summer residential programs for Virginia’s most motivated and talented world language students. Arlington Public School students who have a strength and passion for languages may contact their high school’s World Language Department Chair or World Language Teacher in October/early November about how to apply for the Governor’s Summer Residential World Language Academies.
  • The Arlington Public School Arts Education Office offers the Fine Arts Apprentice Program to students in grades 10-12. The apprentice program provides instructional, performance, exhibit, and service opportunities in art, music, dance, and theater for students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in and commitment to an arts area. Applications are available on-line or from high school resource teachers for the gifted in February for the next school year.
  • The Career Center offers APS high school students identified for gifted services upper level courses of interest
  • Professional Related Intern/Mentorship Experience (PRIME) PRIME is an internship program for rising junior and senior students who have been identified for gifted services and/or have completed at least one year in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class with the expectation to continue to the next level.  Interns will earn one unweighted high school credit, as well as one college credit for NOVA’s SDV100: College Success Skills course, for 140 hours of work. Students and mentors negotiate the details of the internship hours. The PRIME Summer Program provides internships during July for a limited number of Arlington Public School students. Students must be 16 years of age and provide their own transportation to and from the business and the Arlington Career Center. Students must be available the entire month of July to participate in the program. Interested applicants should contact their gifted resource teacher, guidance counselor or PRIME coordinator, and/or Louis Villafane, Director, Arlington Career Center, (703) 228-5731) and/or