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.









Week of the Yougn Child



Week of the Young Child: Celebrating the potential of Arlington’s youngest learners!
April 8-12, 2019
Arlington will celebrate the Week of the Young Child with an array of activities. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. The purpose of the WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of the young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. NAEYC first established the WOYC in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age eight) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life.
View flier for more information and a calendar of activities.

NOVA logoNOVA Night (Northern Virginia Community College) for High School Students with IEPs and their Families
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Arlington Career Center, 816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204

  • Programs, Degrees, Transfers
  • Application Process
  • NOVA Degree and Non-Degree Programs
  • Career Certificate Programs
  • Transfer and Guaranteed Admission Disability Services
  • Documentation needed for disability support
  • What supports are available for students with disabilities
  • Pathway Connection and Pathway to Baccalaureate
  • College readiness support from NOVA beginning in 10th grade
  • College readiness support from NOVA for seniors
  • Financial Aid: The process for applying for financial aid
  • Dual Enrollment: Getting college credit while still in high school

Spanish interpretation available. To request interpretation, please contact Karen Sherman by April 4, 2019, at 703-228-2545.

Growth mindset flier imageArlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Monthly Meeting: Growth Mindset and the Power of YET
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd., Room 452, Arlington, VA 22204
Featured Presenters: Gina Rocco and Heather Davis, APS School Counselors
Join the Arlington Special Education PTA as it explores how to promote student perseverance and productive struggle through the idea of the growth mindset. Learn to help your child persist, fail and try again, and reconsider what being successful means.This session will touch on the science behind growth mindset and dive into the underlying belief that intelligence and ability are not fixed but instead can be developed through effort and practice. Then, presenters will discuss specific strategies to model growth mindset and mold language to encourage positive self-talk and celebrate persistence and effort.Registration is requested.
Register online
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Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 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.AGENDA

  • 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Welcome, Member Introductions and Public Comments
  • 7:15 – 7:30 pm – Office of Special Education Updates and Response to Past Public Comments
  • 7:30 – 7:45 pm – ASEAC Committee Updates
  • 7:45 – 8:45 pm – Presentations by ASEAC’s Mental Health and Outreach Working Groups
  • 8:45 – 9 pm – Planning for ASEAC’s End-of-Year Report

An Introduction to Special Education
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Morning Session: 9:30am to Noon
Evening Session: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204
Join us for this informative session designed to support families in navigating the special education process. This session is especially beneficial for parents who are concerned that their child might have a disability; parents who are participating in the special education process (i.e. have attended a Student Study Committee meeting); and parents new to the special education process. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the special education process in depth as they learn about:

  • how students are referred for special education evaluations
  • how Virginia defines educational disabilities
  • how determinations regarding special eligibility are made
  • the role of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in providing supports and services to students
  • the reevaluation process
  • the roles and rights of parents throughout the process
  • how parents can prepare for active participation in special education meetings
  • and effective tools to build collaborative relationships between families and school-based team members

Registration is required. Register online now or contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239.

Becoming an Active Member of Your Child’s IEP Team
April 30, 2019
Morning Session: 9:30am to Noo
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:

  • 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

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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