Parent Academy

Parent Academy
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is a strategy for student success in school and in life, achieved through the collaboration of educators, families, and community partners. FACE supports Arlington Public Schools (APS)’ strategic plan goal to “develop and support strong connections among schools, families, and the community to broaden opportunities for student learning, development, and growth”.

The APS Parent Academy offers parents and guardians of children attending schools in Arlington learning opportunities on a wide variety of subjects to support the academic, social and emotional development of children, such as:

  • Child development
  • Student achievement
  • Wellness and mental health
  • Parent advocacy
  • Educational programs
  • Internet safety
  • Personal or family growth
  • Supports and opportunities for second language learners
  • Social issues of importance to parents and families
  • Countywide events and information nights, including Kindergarten, Middle and High School Information Nights, College Night, and the Summer Activities Fair

Parent Academy Partners

The APS Parent Academy partners with Arlington County and community organizations committed to supporting children and families. Please visit their websites for additional resources and/or learning opportunities.








Autism Parent Education Series
CIRCLES: An Evidenced-Based Strategy for Learning about Social and Relationship Boundaries, Interpersonal skills and Relationships
Wednesday, February 20, 2019: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Syphax Educatio n Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454, Arlington, Virginia  22204
Participants will learn about “CIRCLES” – an evidence-based strategy for teaching individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities skills related to understanding different types of relationships, personal space, safety skills.Registration is requested.  Kindly register online at or by phone: 703.228.7239.

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Tuesday, February 26, 2019: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454, Arlington, VA 22204
At the beginning of each meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS. See the ASEAC Public Comment Guidelines at for information about submitting public comments. Any person who would like an interpreter and/or any person with a disability who needs accommodation to access the meeting should contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 239 or at least seven business days in advance of a meeting to request assistance.

Becoming an Active Member of Your Child’s IEP Team
February 25, 2019
Morning Session: 9:30am to Noon
Evening Session  7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 171, Arlington, VA  22204
Parents of students receiving special education services are encouraged to attend this helpful workshop to:

  • gain a deeper of understanding of the IEP process, including Standards-Based IEPs;
  • understand components of the IEP, including Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, measurable annual goals, assessment options, service delivery models, and accommodations for students with disabilities;
  • learn how to prepare for IEP meetings; and
  • develop effective collaboration skills to work with your school-based team members.

Registration is requested. Register online now or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239 or

CHADD Parent to Parent ADHD Training
Wednesdays, 9:30am to Noon: February 27 – April 10, 2019
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204
Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD provides parents with a comprehensive understanding of ADHD as well as strategies to improve life at home and school. Designed by parents for parents, this training provides information from the parent’s perspective.Throughout this course, you will learn what ADHD is, its probable causes, the process of diagnosis and assessment, components of a multimodal treatment approach, complementary and alternative treatment options, strategies for creating an ADHD-friendly home environment, and how to support a child with ADHD at school.
February 27: An Overview of ADHD: Myths/Definition/Characteristics
March 6: Assessment/Diagnosis/Multimodal Treatment
March 13: ADHD – Impact on Family
March 20: ADHD – Impact on School
March 27: Navigating School Supports and Educational Rights
April 3: Building Resilience for the Future/Supports for Teens
April 10: (Make up session if needed for inclement weather)
Registration is required, and space is limited. Register online now or call the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239.

Save the Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Your Child’s Development 2019: A Resource Fair for Arlington Parents and Caregivers of Infants and Preschoolers
Kenmore Middle School
This event will provide an opportunity for Arlington families and caregivers who work with infants and preschoolers up to age five to obtain information and resources to better meet the needs of children.

  • Hear about brain development in 0-5 year olds.
  • Learn from Dr. Subarna Dharia, Developmental Pediatrician on the effects of Screen Time.
  • Receive some practical ideas for what to do with your children to turn the screens off.

Get your questions answered by community agencies and professionals.

Need to contact us? If you have questions or ideas about future learning opportunities, please contact Dr. Rosa Briceno, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Specialist, at or 703.228.2128.

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