Elementary School Options

The application time frame to submit a pre-K or elementary options and transfer application closed on April 15, 2019. Families will be able to log into the online application portal to apply to be placed on the waitlist after April 25 or to verify their application status at any time. Applications received at this time will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist in the order in which it is received. In addition, families are able to monitor their location on a school’s waitlist through the online application portal. For additional information or questions, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us.


Kindergarten Information Night was held on January 28, 2019 at 7 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford St.), where families learned about the registration process and learned more about their neighborhood and option schools for the 2019-20 school year. If you missed the event, click here to watch the video and view the PowerPoint presentation.

For the 2019-20 school year, Arlington Public Schools will have 24 elementary schools, which include a blend of neighborhood and option schools.

Neighborhood Schools

Every student is guaranteed admission to 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.

*APS is not able to offer elementary neighborhood transfers for the 2019-20 school year at this time.

Option Schools/Programs

Option Schools/Programs provide specialized instructional programs. APS:

  • Provides equitable access to option schools/programs for all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners;
  • Provides a rational and transparent process for admission to option schools/programs, which is differentiated to support the integrity of the instructional models;
  • Offers preschool at each of the elementary option schools/programs; and
  • Adjusts enrollment levels at the option schools/programs as needed.

Options and Transfers Information for the 2019-20 school year will be available prior to the SB-adopted application time-frame of Feb. 1 to April 15, 2019.

Elementary lottery information for students who received an offer through the elementary lottery for an option school/program or neighborhood transfer.


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