Pre-Kindergarten Choices

Update Sept 22, 2022:

APS will stop accepting late applications for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Update Aug 30, 2022: 

Waitlists: The waitlist for PreK programs is maintained year-round, and families will be notified if they are on the waitlist and a seat becomes available. All waitlists reset when the options and transfers period begins each year, so families must reapply if they are still interested in attending a school or program they applied to previously.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Program to find out which option is best for your child. View a recording of our Feb. 2022 Pre-K Information Night (Virtual).

Applying to Option Schools / Programs

In order to be considered for an option school/program, families must complete an application and submit all required documents online. Review each program carefully.  If more applications are received than there are seats available, APS will conduct a random, double-blind lottery to determine admission to these option schools.

For questions or assistance, call 703-228-8000 (option 3), email or visit the APS Welcome Center at 2110 Washington Blvd for in-person support.

Primary Montessori, VPI and CPP Application Timeline for School Year 2022-23

Primary Application Window: CLOSED Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. – April 15 at 4 p.m.
Application Deadline April 15 at 4 p.m.
Lottery April 29 at 12 p.m. (*View a recording)
Lottery Notification May 5 by 4 p.m.
Accept/Decline May 13
Secondary Application Window: OPEN*

May 16 – ongoing

*Accepting VPI applications only.

*Families do NOT receive lottery results on the day of the automated lottery. Families are notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist by email and/or text by 4 p.m. on the date in the application timeline.

Primary Montessori

A full-day Montessori Pre-K program is offered at 6 elementary schools (18 primary classrooms) and is for students ages three to five.

Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

VPI is a free full-day Pre-K program for eligible families, located at 15 elementary schools.  VPI follows a curriculum that is research-based, developmentally appropriate and has been shown to increase academic and social success for students.


  • The child has to be 4 years old on or before September 30th.
  • Families with income at or below the values in the green column are eligible.
    • Example: A family of 4 that earns up to $55,500 annually qualifies.
  • Families with income at or below the values in the yellow column may also qualify, based on local eligibility criteria, and are encouraged to apply.
    • Example: A family of 4 that earns up to $97,125 may also qualify based on local eligibility criteria.
    • For questions about income eligibility, call 703-228-8000 (select option 3) or email
Number in Family/Household

Annual Income

*(200% Federal Poverty Level)

Annual Income

*(350% Federal Poverty Level)

2 $36,620 $64,085
3 $46,060 $80,605
4 $55,500 $97,125
5 $64,940 $113,645
6 $74,380 $130,165
7 $83,820 $146,685
8 $93,260 $163,205

*The 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines are used to determine financial eligibility.

**Annual household income is determined by completing an Income Verification form.

Community Peer Pre-K (CPP) Program

The CPP program, located in 11 elementary schools, provides children with and without disabilities the opportunity to participate in an engaging and comprehensive inclusive Preschool program.  Children in the program receive differentiated instruction based on the Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS). Instructional areas of focus include literacy, mathematics, science, history, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and visual arts.

  • The Toddler Program is a 25-hour-a-week program designed for children ages 2 years and 6 months through 3.
    • Children without disabilities must be 2.5 years old by September 30th to be eligible.
  • The Pre-K Program is a full-day program designed for children ages 3 years and 6 months through 5.
    • Children without disabilities must be 3.5 years old by September 30th to be eligible and toilet trained.

TO APPLY: Complete online application and submit required documents.