School Board Advisory Councils and Committees

The School Board actively seeks the advice of community members through a wide range of advisory committees and councils. These advisory committees and councils are appointed by the School Board, advise the School Board and, when appropriate, make recommendations on issues or policies related to the successful operation of the school system.

The Arlington School Board believes that effective community participation will:

  • Encourage a sense of community ownership of and responsibility for the Arlington Public Schools.
  • Encourage the free flow of ideas and opinions between the community and the School Board.
  • Provide the School Board and administrators with advice on matters important to the successful operation of the school system.
  • Provide a continuous, systematic review of the programs, facilities and operations of the Arlington Public Schools.
  • Assist the School Board in its deliberation on selected topics.
  • Provide assistance in the general oversight and planning activities of the School Board.
  • Encourage active dialogue and participation by members of the community in the decision making process of the School Board.
  • Contribute to sound decision-making at all levels of the school system and sound policy setting by the School Board.

To apply for an appointment to the groups below, please follow the application link for each group. 

Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices (ACTC)

The Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices was created as a joint advisory body of the County Board of Arlington County and the Arlington School Board for the purpose of advising the Joint Committee on Transportation Choices (JCTC). The JCTC will develop and implement programs that further transportation choice for APS students, families and staff.The Mission of the ACTC is to advise the JCTC on strategies and plans of action that will develop and promote transportation choice for APS students, families and staff.

Chair: John Armstrong

To apply, please fill out the Advisory Council General Application

Advisory Council on Instruction

The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) is made up of representatives from each school and certain community organizations to assist in reviewing the system-wide curriculum and instructional program and in developing recommendations for improvement.  For additional information, contact the Department of Instruction at 703-228-6145

Co-chairs: Meredith Purple and Dana Milburn

To apply, please fill out the Advisory Council General Application

Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs

The Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs (FAC) assists the School Board in the continuous, systematic review of school facilities and the annual and long-range Capital Improvement Program.

Chair: Stacy Snyder

To apply, please fill out the Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs (FAC)

County Council of PTAs

The Council of PTAs (CCPTA) is made up of Parent-Teacher Associations in Arlington County, Virginia.

Chair: Maura McMahon

Budget Advisory Council

The Budget Advisory Council makes recommendations on policies and practices related to the presentation and preparation of the operating budget and the financial management of the school system; makes recommendations to the School Board on budget priorities; advises on the degree to which the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget supports best fiscal practices and the School Board’s priorities, assists in educating the community about the budgeting process; and provides, upon the Board’s request, study and recommendations on special topics or issues.  For more information, contact the Finance Department at 703-228-6125.

Chair: Cecilia Ciepiela-Kaelin

To apply, please fill out the Budget Advisory Council Application

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC)

The Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board jointly appointed members of this commission. The commission’s mission is to provide input on capital facilities needs assessment, capital improvement plans and long-range facility planning for both the County Government and Arlington Schools.

Chair:  Ginger Brown

To apply, please fill out the Advisory Council General Application

School Health Advisory Board

The School Health Advisory Board assists with the development of health policies in Arlington Public Schools and the evaluation of the status of school health, health education, and the school environment and health service.

Chair: Vera Cardinale, MPH

Staff Liaison: Dr. Laura Newton, Director, Student Services

To apply, please fill out the 2017-18 Membership Form

School Plan Advisory Committees

School Plan Advisory Committees are selected by the School Principal each year.  Each advisory committee is responsible for advising the School Board and the building principal on matters pertaining to the school and its successful operation.  Please contact individual schools for more information.

To apply, please fill out the Advisory Council General Application

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board consists of students at the high school level who provide who provide a channel of communications between the School Board and the students of Arlington Public Schools so mutual concerns might be better addressed.

Chair: Jacob Hall
Staff Liaison: Cintia Johnson, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services

To apply, please fill out the Advisory Council General Application

The School Board is also advised by several non-Instructional Advisory Committees, including:

  • Ad Hoc Committees and Tasks Forces
  • Arlington Aquatics Committee
  • Building Level Planning Committees
  • Special Education Parent Resource Center – Parent Liaison Group

For information on all Arlington Public Schools Advisory Committees, click here.