Requesting a Transfer to Another Neighborhood High School

Neighborhood schools have attendance areas established by the School Board. Every student is guaranteed admission to the elementary, middle and high school serving the attendance area in which the student lives. If you need assistance determining the neighborhood school your children will attend, please use the Boundary (Attendance Area) Locator.APS assesses the ability to provide neighborhood transfers for the upcoming school year annually.


A decision regarding transfers for the 2023-24 school year will be announced in February 2023 after the January enrollment update to the Superintendent and the School Board. 


For the 2022-23 school year, APS offered limited high school neighborhood transfers in accordance with the School Board Options and Transfers Policy J-5.3.31.

Neighborhood Transfers to Washington-Liberty

Neighborhood transfers were offered to students who reside outside of the Washington-Liberty attendance zone and who will be in Grades 9-12 for the 2022-23 school year the option to apply for a neighborhood transfer to Washington-Liberty High School. This offer was made for the 2022-23 school year because Washington-Liberty had space for additional students with the opening of the repurposed Education Center.

Transfer Information:

  • Eligibility: Students currently in Grades 8-11 who live outside of the Washington-Liberty attendance zone are eligible to apply for a neighborhood transfer to Washington-Liberty. Since Wakefield’s enrollment exceeds the school capacity, students who reside in the Wakefield attendance zone will receive priority when applying for a neighborhood transfer to Washington-Liberty.
  • Continuation: Transfer students can remain at Washington-Liberty through Grade 12, regardless of boundary changes. Families do NOT need to reapply each year.
  • Transportation: Will be provided via hub stops to families who reside in the Wakefield attendance zone since Wakefield’s enrollment exceeds the school capacity.
  • Sibling preference: Sibling preference does not apply to middle and high school neighborhood transfers. Families must submit transfer applications for all children.

Lottery Information

The 2023-24 school-year lotteries for middle and high school option schools will be held on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at 1 p.m. View a recording of last year’s lottery process.


For additional information or questions, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or schooloptions@apsva.us.