Registering Your Child

Registrations are currently being accepted for the 2022-23 school year. Only students new to APS need to register.


Every student is guaranteed a space in the neighborhood school designated by their home address. Use the School Boundary (Attendance Zone) Locator to find out which school is designated as your neighborhood school.  Learn more about each school in our annual Guidebook for Parents.

Registration options:

  1. Online. (Requires uploading documents and setting up a virtual or in-person meeting with an APS Registrar.)
  2. At your neighborhood school. Contact the school to schedule an appointment or to submit registration documents.
  3. At the APS Welcome Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 1st floor), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 703-228-8000 (select option 3 – Registration) or email registration@apsva.us to schedule an appointment.

Age Requirements

  • Registration is available for a school year to children who are between ages 5 and 18 on Sept. 30 of that school year.
  • Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and English Learners may be eligible for school until age 22.
  • Limited services are available for students over 18.  Contact the Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or registration@apsva.us for more information.

Kindergarten

  • Children who turn five years old on or by September 30th of the current school year may enter kindergarten.
  • Kindergarten is recommended, but not required by law.
  • Families that choose not to enroll their student in Kindergarten must inform the Office of Elementary Education and Early Childhood Pre-K Programs in writing (Send correspondence to: 2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204 or earlychildhood@apsva.us)
  • Virginia Law requires all children who will turn six years old by Sept. 30 to enroll in school.

Additional Registration Information

  • APS does not register students who have terminal diplomas.
  • Registration begins Feb. 1 for the following school year.
  • There is no deadline for registration; however, parents are encouraged to register early.
  • All registration and health requirements must be met for a child to be enrolled.

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD:

STEP 1: Complete and submit an APS Student Registration Form English | Spanish

STEP 2: Collect and submit the following documents (Download a checklist English | Spanish)

Proof of Arlington County Residency

Parents/legal guardians are required to show proof that they live with their child in Arlington County.

If a family owns or rents property If a family lives in the residence of someone else (shared housing)
ONE of the following documents must be provided:

  • Deed showing that the student’s parents/legal guardians own the property in Arlington.
  • Current lease agreement signed by the lessor and lessee or tenant and landlord.
  • Settlement documentation from a new home purchase if the deed has not been recorded.
THREE documents must be provided:

  • Residency Form A (English) (Spanish) – Parent/Legal Guardian Residency Affidavit.
  • Residency Form B (English) (Spanish) – Statement of Arlington Resident Affidavit.
    • And a deed or lease agreement.

AND

Any TWO supporting documents that include the parent’s/legal guardians name and address:

  • Current federal, state or property tax returns
  • Current payroll or withholding statement
  • Vehicle registration
  • Current utility bills (Gas, Electric, Water)
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license with current address
  • Financial assistance documentation from Arlington County
Proof of Student’s Age and Legal Name
  • An original birth certificate or certified copy translated in English, if necessary.
  • If the birth certificate is not available, families can submit a Proof of Student Identity and Age Affidavit (English) (Spanish).
    • The affidavit is valid for 30 days and requires additional supporting documents such as the child’s passport.
Proof of Parent Identity and Relationship to Student
Any valid Government Issued Photo Identification

OR

Driver’s License

OR

Passport
Additional Education Documents
If registering for Kindergarten If applicable
  • Current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan
  • English Learner or Gifted records
  • School records or official transcripts from the previous school attended

Health Records

Must be submitted on a Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form (English | Spanish)

All New Students (Pre-K to 12th) Grade Specific (Effective July 1, 2021)
  • *Immunization Records
  • **Tuberculosis (TB) test or screening done within 12 months prior to starting school.

Only New Elementary Students (Pre-K to 5th)

  • Physical Examination done within 12 months prior to starting school.
Rising 7th Graders:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) booster
  • First dose of Meningococcal (MenACWY)
  • ***First dose of HPV vaccine

Rising 12th Graders:

  • Meningococcal (MenACWY) booster (given after age 16)

*The immunization record should list the month, day and year of immunization for the minimum requirements for entry to school. See the Virginia Department of Health School Minimum Immunization Requirements (English | Spanish).

**Original Tuberculosis test or screening documentation must be submitted and:

  1. be signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, or local health department official.
  2. include verification of a negative risk assessment or the results of a tuberculin skin test (TST) done within the prior 12 months.

***Parents may “opt out” of the HPV requirement by simply not getting the vaccine. No letter or certification of “opt out” status is required.

SPORTS – Students planning to participate in high school sports must complete a VHSL physical form for high school athletic eligibility and APS Athletic Participation Agreement.

MEDICATIONS – If your child will need medications or special procedures during school, visit Arlington County School Health for additional forms (Medication Authorization Form, Severe Allergy Care Plan, etc.).

QUESTIONS – Contact the Nurse at the school your child will attend or Arlington’s School Health Bureau at 703-228-1651.

Special Circumstances

Contact 703-228-8000 (option 3) or registration@apsva.us prior to registration if:

  • Enrolling a child for whom you are not the Parent or Legal Guardian (Kinship Care)
  • Student is an unaccompanied minor
  • Student is being placed by Social Services
  • Student is 18 or over

Families experiencing homelessness should contact Alicia Flores, Homeless Liaison, at 703-228-6046 or alicia.flores@apsva.us.


Option Schools & Neighborhood Transfers

Arlington Public Schools provides families the opportunity to apply to an option school or request a transfer to a neighborhood school that is accepting transfers.  The Superintendent’s Annual Update to the School Board, held in January, will identify the number of seats available during the following school year for neighborhood schools that can accept transfers.  Visit the School Options & Transfers page to learn more and how to apply if interested.


For additional information or questions, contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or registration@apsva.us