Elementary School Options

Information about the number of applicants offered a position and the number of applicants on remaining on the waitlist for each Elementary Option School is available on the School Transfer Data Application page. For additional information about the Elementary Option Schools waitlist process, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us.


Kindergarten Information Night will be on January 28, 2019 (Snow Date: February 4, 2019) at 7 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford Street), where families will learn about the registration process and about their neighborhood and option schools for the 2018-19 school year.

Arlington Public Schools has 23 elementary schools, which include a blend of neighborhood and option schools/programs.

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.

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 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/Transfers Information for the 2018-19 school year will be available prior to the SB-adopted application time-frame of Feb. 1 to April 16, 2018.

Information for the 2019-20 School Year

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of School and Community Relations at 703-228-6005.