Use the School Boundary (Attendance Zone) Locator to find your school.
Registrations are currently being accepted for the 2023-24 school year. Only students new to APS need to register.
The first day of school is Monday, August 28, 2023.
- Upload required documents.
- Virtual meeting with an APS registrar.
2. At your neighborhood school.
- Contact the school to schedule an appointment.
- Submit registration documents to the school.
- Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Call 703-228-8000 (select option 3 – Registration) or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
- Bring required documents to appointment.
- Registration is available for children who are between ages 5 and 18 on Sept. 30 of the current 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.
- Children who turn five years old 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Virginia Law requires all children who will turn six years old by Sept. 30 to enroll in school.
- Learn about Kindergarten.
Families who Speak a Language Other than English
Families who speak a language other than English should start the registration process at the APS Welcome Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 1st floor).
The Welcome Center provides:
- Language Assessment for students whose first language, home language or spoken language is not English
- Registration assistance for any family
- Registration documents translated into our primary languages
- Interpretation services through the registration process and throughout a student’s education in APS
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.
Contact 703-228-8000 (option 3) or email@example.com 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
Complex Living Situations
If you are student or family experiencing homelessness or are unstably housed, please contact:
- Barbara Fisher, Homeless Liaison, at 703-228-2585
- Project Extra Step at 703-228-6046 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The APS Handbook and Student Code of Conduct describes students’ rights and responsibilities.APS Handbook
Option Schools and Programs
Option schools and programs offer specialized instruction as an alternative to the designated neighborhood school. Interested students must complete an online application during a specific time period. Learn about option schools and the application/lottery process.
Video Presentation and Information Sessions
- APS offers video presentations for families to learn about early childhood programs (Montessori), kindergarten and elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and the Dual Language (English and Spanish) Immersion Program.
- Each school also hosts an in-person information session for families to meet staff, learn about the school and ask questions.