Middle School 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.

English and Spanish Immersion Program at Gunston

The Spanish language immersion program offered at Gunston Middle School is a continuation of the elementary Two-Way Spanish Immersion programs at Key and Claremont Elementary Schools.

Students currently enrolled in the APS elementary immersion programs will complete an Intent-to-Return form through their school. Students not currently in an APS immersion program will need to meet language requirements for acceptance into the middle school program.

  • School overview
  • Population it serves — Students who attended the Spanish Immersion program at Key or Claremont, and students who demonstrate the language skills needed for entry into the program.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

Montessori Middle Years Program at Gunston

The Montessori Middle Years program offered at Gunston Middle School follows Maria Montessori’s philosophy, children engage in learning activities of their own choosing in a multi-age, well-ordered physical environment. Students currently enrolled in the APS Montessori program will complete an Intent-to-Return form through the elementary Montessori program. Students entering this program from outside of APS will need to meet Montessori experience requirements for acceptance into the middle school program.

  • School overview
  • Population it serves — Qualified Montessori students.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

H-B Woodlawn

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

  • School overview
  • Population it serves — H-B Woodlawn is a countywide program open to all students in middle and high school through application to the 6th or 9th grade entry levels.
  • Slot allotment — An allotment of slots for each neighborhood school, based on the proportion of fifth graders living in each neighborhood school attendance zone, is determined each year. Students attending non-neighborhood APS schools, private schools, or home-schoolers will be included in their neighborhood school attendance zone lottery.
  • Transportation — Provided to students living more than 1.5 miles away from the school.

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