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.







Becoming an Active Member of Your Child’s IEP Team
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Morning Session: 9:30am to Noon: Room 452
Evening Session  7:00pm to 9:00pm: Room 354
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22204
Parents of students receiving special education services are encouraged to attend this session 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 about the various roles of each IEP team member – including students and parents
  • know what to expect and 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

Arlington Public Schools Annual Transition Fair
Thursday, December 6, 2018: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204
Middle and high school students with disabilities, along with their parents, are invited and encouraged to participate in this session designed to ensure that early planning is underway for next steps once students leave Arlington Public Schools.  Learn about a variety of community resources for individuals with special needs from numerous resource fair vendors, and attend breakout sessions  to learn about:

  • Services offered through Arlington’s Community Services Board;
  • The Transition Process from The Arc of Northern Virginia;
  • Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) options, including financial aid; and more!

Sponsored by: The APS Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP)
For additional information, please contact: Christina Eagle at 703-228-5738 or
Registration is requested. Register online at: or call 703-228-5738.
Snow date: December 10, 2018.

Arlington SEPTA Annual Superintendent’s Chat
Monday, December 10, 2018: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454, Arlington, VA 22204
Superintendent Patrick Murphy and his senior staff will meet with families during his annual SEPTA Superintendent’s Chat.SPECIAL GUESTS – Capital Area Best Buddies – APS high school students who attended the Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana last summer, funded in part by SEPTA. SEPTA will live stream this event.  If you are unable to attend you may view the meeting via SEPTA’s YouTube (Arlington Special Education PTA).  A recording of the meeting will be archived on the SEPTA web site.

Parents & Caregivers…Let’s Talk about Changing Bodies and Relationship Safety with Youth
Wednesday, December 11, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454, Arlington, VA 22204
Parents and caregivers are an important source for fostering healthy sexual development of youth throughout their lives. This may include sharing information, answering questions, and communicating personal values or attitudes.  In this session, we will discuss the importance of communicating about the body including: names and functions; changes to the body that accompany puberty; and caring for the body.  We will also present strategies to enable parents and caregivers to become askable and approachable sources for youth to communicate with about healthy boundary setting, abuse, and sources of support.  This session will be presented by Melissa Keyes DiGioia, CSE, Co-Founder & Director of Education, Finding Your Individuality. Registration is requested. Register online at:


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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