Requesting a Transfer to Another Neighborhood Middle 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 middle school neighborhood transfers in accordance with the School Board Options and Transfers Policy J-5.3.31.

Neighborhood Transfers for the 2022-23 School Year:

  • Dorothy Hamm
  • Jefferson
  • Kenmore
  • Williamsburg

Transfer Information

  • Eligibility: Students currently in Grades 5-7 and reside in Arlington are eligible to apply for a neighborhood transfer to one or more of the schools offering transfers. Since Gunston’s enrollment exceeds the school capacity, students who reside in the Gunston attendance zone will receive priority when applying for a neighborhood transfer to any of the middle schools offering transfer seats.
  • Continuation: Transfer students can remain at the middle school through Grade 8, regardless of boundary changes. Families do NOT need to reapply each year. Students would then matriculate to their assigned neighborhood high school (based on their address).
  • Transportation: No transportation is available for middle school neighborhood transfers.
  • Sibling preference: Sibling preference does not apply to middle and high school neighborhood transfers. Families must submit transfer applications for all children.

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