Requesting a Transfer to Another Neighborhood High School

Update February 22, 2022: Neighborhood Transfer Information for the 2022-23 School Year

For the upcoming 2022-23 school year, APS is able to offer limited high school neighborhood transfers in accordance with the School Board Options and Transfers Policy J-5.3.31. APS assesses the ability to provide neighborhood transfers for the upcoming school year annually. Following this year’s assessment, neighborhood transfers are able to be offered to Washington-Liberty High School only.  There are no neighborhood transfers offered to Wakefield High School and Yorktown 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.

Neighborhood Transfers to Washington-Liberty

Neighborhood transfers will be 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 is being made for the 2022-23 school year because Washington-Liberty has 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 2022-23 school year lottery for Washington-Liberty was held on Friday, March 18. View the recording


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