Elementary School Options

APS is now accepting online applications for elementary option schools. Information on the available elementary option schools/programs and neighborhood transfers is available on the countywide schools/program webpage. The deadline to complete the application is April 15, 2019 at 4 p.m. The online application portal reference guide provides instructions on how to set up an account. For additional information or questions, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us. Please visit the link below to access the online application portal to submit an application.

Online Application Portal


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.

Application Timeline for the 2019-20 School Year

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