Elementary School

What is the Difference Between Registering for a Neighborhood School and Applying for an Option School?

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. Learn more about the registration process.

Option Schools/Programs provide specialized instructional programs. In order to be considered for an option school, families must submit an application online.  If more applications are received than there are seats available, APS will conduct a random, double-blind lottery to determine admission to these programs and option schools.


Applying to Option Schools / Programs:

In order to be considered for an option school/program, families must complete an application and submit all required documents online during the application window.

Review each program carefully.  If more applications are received than there are seats available, APS will conduct a random, double-blind lottery to determine admission to these option schools.

For questions or assistance, call 703-228-8000 (option 3), email schooloptions@apsva.us or visit the APS Welcome Center at 2110 Washington Blvd for in-person support.


Elementary School Options & Transfers Application Timeline for School Year 2023-24

Application Window: February – April 2023
Application Deadline TBD
Lottery* TBD
Lottery Notification TBD
Accept/Decline TBD

*Families do NOT receive lottery results on the day of the automated lottery. Families are notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist by email and/or text by 4 p.m. on the date in the application timeline.


Option Schools: Arlington Traditional, Campbell, Montessori Public School of Arlington, and Dual Language Spanish Immersion at Claremont and Escuela Key. Learn more about each school.


Neighborhood Transfers: A decision regarding transfers for the 2023-24 school year will be announced in February 2023 after the January enrollment update to the Superintendent and the School Board.


Information Night: Virtual Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023.


Lottery Information: The lotteries for all elementary option schools will be held in April 22, 2023.

Waitlists: The waitlist for elementary option schools is maintained year-round, and families will be notified if they are on the waitlist and a seat becomes available. All waitlists reset when the options and transfers period begins each year, so families must reapply if they are still interested in attending a school or program they applied to previously.

Sibling Preference: Siblings who will be concurrently enrolled at the same elementary school will receive priority in admission.


Transportation: Transportation is available for students attending option schools/programs who live outside their school’s walk zone (View school bus eligibility maps). All transportation for option school and programs is provided via hub stops. Hub stops are central locations—such as a community center or school—where students from several neighborhoods meet to catch the bus to their school and may be a longer distance from a student’s residence. Transportation is not provided for neighborhood transfers or administrative placements.  Select here to learn more about transportation for option schools.