Middle 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.


Middle School Information Night was held on October 22, 2018 at 7 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford St.), 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.

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.

Secondary lottery information for students who received an offer through the secondary lottery for an option school/program or neighborhood transfer.

Information for the 2019-20 School Year

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