High School Options & Transfers

The application time frame to submit a secondary options and transfer application closed on Jan 18, 2019. Families are able to log into the online application portal to apply to be placed on the waitlist or to verify their application status. 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. Waitlist for neighborhood schools will be maintained until May 1. For additional information or questions, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us.


High School Information Night will be held on October 29, 2018, at 7 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford Street, 22201), where families learned about the registration process and learn 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.

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. The boundary locator has been updated to reflect the recent boundary refinements adopted by the School Board at its Dec. 1, 2016 meeting, which will apply to the 2017-18 freshmen class. 

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/Transfers Information for the 2019-20 school year will be available prior to the School Board adopted application time frame of Nov. 5, 2018 to Jan. 18, 2019. 

Other Secondary Programs

The programs at Arlington Community High School, Langston High School Continuation Program, New DirectionsStratford and Teenage Parenting are designed to meet the specific circumstances and needs of individual students.

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