Washington-Lee High School

W-LAddress: 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-228-6200

Fax: 703-524-9814

Principal: Gregg Robertson, gregg.robertson@apsva.us

School hours:
Full Day – 8:19 a.m. to 3:01 p.m.
Early Release – 8:19 a.m to 12:21 p.m.

Office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Test Scores and Statistics

Website: washingtonlee.apsva.us

Washington-Lee was the first of three comprehensive high schools to be established in Arlington. Now in its 90th year of operation, the school boasts a diverse student population representing more than 50 countries across the globe.

Washington-Lee is proud of its history and traditions, which include honors by the U.S. Department of Education, The Virginia Board of Education, the Virginia Department of Education and The Washington Post. Washington-Lee’s new building, completed in the summer of 2009, has been awarded Gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Students entering Washington-Lee in ninth grade participate in the Freshman Connection, a transition program designed to ease the process of entering high school from middle school. Students are divided in Small Learning Communities with four core subject area teachers and a special education teacher. The teachers for each community meet regularly to provide support for students as they adjust to the rigors of academic and social life at the high school level. Guidance counselors and a designated assistant principal work closely with the communities.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma was first offered at Washington-Lee in 1998, when the first cohort of 13 students graduated. Since that time, nearly 621 students have earned the prestigious IB Diploma in conjunction with the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma. Successful completion of IB courses and exams may lead to college credit and/or advanced standing at colleges and universities.

Washington-Lee also offers an extensive selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses which require students to complete an exit exam that may lead to college credit.

Washington-Lee graduates in 2014 earned more than $11.1 million in scholarship awards. Ninety-four percent of graduates go directly on to higher education, with more than 71 percent enrolling in four year colleges and universities.

Washington-Lee provides an opportunity for seniors to pursue a career interest or complete a special project during the final three weeks of the senior year. The Senior Experience Program, Exploring Work from Theory to Practice, is now in its ninth year. It is open to any senior who has a 2.0 grade point average or higher as well as the recommendation of senior year instructors. Participants are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of field work, maintain a daily time sheet, and submit a written reflection at the end of the program. Ninety-five percent of seniors participated in the 2014 Senior Experience Program.