Countywide Elementary Options

APS provides a number of educational options in which students may enroll, recognizing that individual students may thrive in varied educational settings. All countywide schools require an application process and admission may be based on lottery. The application period for the 2018-19 school year takes place between Feb. 1, 2018 to April 15, 2018.

The Options and Transfers policy is outlined in School Board Policy 25-2.2.

Arlington Traditional School (ATS)

The ATS approach to instruction is traditional and structured.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than one mile away from the school.
  • Admission process — Countywide admission is by an application process between Feb. 1 and April 15, for the following school year.

Campbell Elementary School

Campbell is an Expeditionary Learning School, in which students learn through authentic hands on experiences and through nature. Developmental appropriateness is a guiding force at Campbell, where students develop at their own pace.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than one mile away from the school.
  • Admission process — Countywide admission is by an application process between Feb. 1 and April 15, for the following school year.

Claremont Immersion Elementary School

Claremont Elementary School is one of two English/Spanish Immersion schools. The program is also offered at Key. Two-way Spanish immersion program includes half-day content instruction in English and Spanish in developing communication skills of listening, speaking, etc.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Kindergarten to 5th grade. Serves students from the following elementary school attendance areas: Abingdon, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Carlin Springs, Hoffman-Boston, McKinley, Nottingham, Oakridge, Tuckahoe, Randolph.
  • Transportation — Provided to children living more than one mile away from the school and for students who live in the attendance zone of any other school zone it serves.
  • Admission process — Admission is by an application process between Feb. 1 and April 15, for the following school year.

Montessori at Drew Model School

Drew uses a modern approach to instruction which includes team teaching and multi-age grouping of students of different grade levels. Drew Model School has two educational tracks, one which follows the Montessori method of instruction. Drew is the only school that offers Montessori through the 5th grade.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Transportation — Provided to all children living more than one mile away from the school.
  • Admission process — Admission is by an application process between Feb. 1 and April 15, for the following school year.

APS Montessori Program Lottery Guidelines

Per the June 2017 revised Options and Transfers Policy 25-2.2, students enrolled in the Montessori program continue through the program, and siblings of concurrently enrolled students will receive preference in the lottery. Additionally, preference will be provided for students enrolled in the APS satellite Montessori programs. All other students applying for the primary or lower elementary Montessori program will be included in the general lottery. For students applying to the upper elementary or middle school Montessori classes, preference will be given to those students with previous Montessori experience.

Key Immersion Elementary School

Key is one of two English/Spanish immersion schools. The program is also offered at Claremont.

  • School Profile
  • Population it Serves — Kindergarten to 5th grade. Serves students from the following elementary school attendance areas: Arlington Science Focus/Key, Barrett, Discovery, Glebe, Henry, Jamestown, Long Branch, and Taylor.
  • Transportation — Provided to children living more than one mile away from the school. Also provided for students who live in the attendance zone of any other school zone it serves.
  • Admission process — Admission is by an application process between Feb. 1 and April 15, for the following school year.

For additional information, please contact the Department of School and Community Relations at 703-228-7667.