Washington-Lee Renaming Process

On June 7, 2018, the School Board adopted a revised policy for Naming of Facilities (F-6.1). The policy describes how APS manages Requests to Rename Schools/Facilities. To date, APS has received nearly 100 request to rename Washington-Lee H.S. and on June 7, 2018, the School Board directed staff to undertake a renaming process for the school.

In the fall of 2018, School and Community Relations is partnering with an external facilitator and the principal of Washington-Lee High School to manage a renaming for Washington-Lee that meets the criteria defined by the Naming of Facilities Policy.

Renaming Committee Membership 

The W-L renaming committee accepted applications over the summer, and was confirmed by the School Board in early September.
Renaming Committee – WLHS

21 Members Defined by PIP

  • 4 Students: One student for each grade level (if the building being renamed is a high school)
  • 3 Parents: parent/family representatives of the school being re-named (includes 1 IB parent)
  • 3 School Staff: teacher/staff representatives of the school being re-named
  • 4 Civic Assn.: One representative from each of the four civic associations that are closest to the school being re-named
  • 4 Alumni: In the case of a high school, four alumni, each representing a different decade for the school’s graduating classes, and who are current residents of Arlington County
  • 1 Historical Assn.: Representative from the Arlington Historical Society who is not an alumni or parent of a current student for the school to be renamed.
  • 1 Minority Affairs: Arlington Civic Coalition for Minority Affairs
  • 1 Principal of the school to be renamed.
  • One Staff Liaison, (non-voting)
  • One Professional Facilitator (non-voting)

Each member will be charged with soliciting input from their corresponding   school, neighborhood or community groups.

Participating in Community Engagement Strategies and Activities

Community engagement will be, in part, a responsibility of the committee members to solicit recommendations and input from their corresponding constituent groups.  Engagement may include:

  • Reach out to the member that is associated to your group to ask questions or share your ideas
  • Minutes from the committee meetings will be posted online
  • Ask a committee member to talk with your group or share the meeting summaries with your group
  • Participate when opportunities arise for the community provide feedback (through surveys or other opportunities
  • Share information on your organization’s listserve or email group
  • Use the Online Feedback Form on “Engage with APS” – select the initiative from the drop-down list to submit your comments and input (all comments will be shared with the full committee

Timeline for the Renaming Process



August 2018

  • Provide PTAs, Civic Associations with overview of process and how to get involved
  • Accept online applications for committee membership (Aug 2 – 17)
  • Publish schedule, contact info for each of the groups

School Community Engagement

Sept. – Dec. 2018

  • Members appointed to committees (Sept 6)
  • Committees establish meeting schedule
  • Develop recommended name with input from the community

Committee Meeting Dates

All meetings are from 7 – 9 p.m.

School Board Meeting Schedule

Aug. – Jan. 2019

  • Work Session – August 28, 2018
  • Appoint Naming Committee Members – Consent September 6, 2018
  • Information Item – December 20, 2018
  • Action – January 10, 2019

SCR Staff Liaison & Principal Team

Linda Erdos, Asst Superintendent, School and Community Relations & + Professional Facilitator
Gregg Robertson, Principal

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