High School Countywide Option Schools and Programs

APS provides educational options in which students may enroll, recognizing that individual students may thrive in varied educational settings. Option Schools require an application process and admission is based on a lottery process.

The application period for the 2019-20 school year takes place between November 5, 2018 to January 18, 2019.The Options and Transfers policy is outlined in School Board Policy J-5.3.31.

Advanced Placement Network at Wakefield

As one of the first public high schools in the United States to open enrollment in AP courses to all students, the AP Network was created to provide student support through a variety of academic and counseling initiatives. Wakefield offers 30 of the 38 AP courses authorized by the College Board.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Students countywide interested in the AP Network.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

Arlington Tech at the Arlington Career Center

The Arlington Tech program at the Arlington Career Center is a project-based learning high school program that prepares students to succeed in college and in the workplace through collaborative problem solving.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Arlington Tech is a countywide program open to students in high school via application to the 9th grade entry level.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

H-B Woodlawn

The H-B Woodlawn program serves students countywide. The central focus is student choice. Students make choices in three general areas: use of time and personal behavior, educational goals and school governance.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — H-B Woodlawn is a countywide program open to all students in middle and high school via application to the 6th or 9th grade entry levels.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

Pursuant to APS options and transfers procedures, additional slots in the ninth-grade class at H-B Woodlawn will be assigned based on the size of eighth-grade cohorts in each middle school, and based on the number of students who were not previously enrolled in APS who applied to the program. The seat allocations were adjusted this year to provide more equitable access to students interested in attending H-B Woodlawn. Students in grades 6-12 interested in attending H-B Woodlawn for the 2019-20 school year will need to complete the Secondary School Options and Transfers Application because the waitlist from the previous years will not carry over for the new 2019-20 application period. Students currently attending H-B Woodlawn do not need to submit an application to remain in the program. A total of 26 additional ninth-grade slots are available for the 2019-20 school year. These slots are in addition to the students already in the program who will be rising ninth-grade students next school year. The slots will be assigned as follows:

  • Gunston – 4
  • Jefferson – 5
  • Kenmore – 4
  • Swanson – 6
  • Williamsburg – 6
  • Students Not Currently Enrolled in APS – 1

 Immersion Program at Wakefield

The Wakefield Immersion Program provides an academic continuation of the middle school English-Spanish Immersion Program provided at Gunston Middle School.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Students in the school attendance area, students who attended the Spanish immersion program at Gunston, and students who show appropriate proficiency in Spanish.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Washington-Lee

The IB program comprises a holistic philosophy of learning that seeks to address the intellectual, philosophical, and social development of the student.

  • School Profile
  • Population it serves — Students countywide interested in the International Baccalaureate program.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology

Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is a Fairfax County public school designated by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as a Governor’s regional school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology.

  • School Web site
  • Population it serves — Any Arlington County student enrolled in grade 8 may apply, and if selected, attend TJHSST tuition-free. Ninth grade students may apply for replacement positions following the application progress established by TJHSST.
  • Transportation — Provided to and from TJHSST during regular school hours for Arlington students.
  • Admission process — TJHSST has a separate admissions process.

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