Secondary Lottery Information for School Year 2020-21

Thank you for your interest in the different option schools/programs Arlington Public Schools offers. The application period closed on January 17, 2020 for all secondary option schools/programs.

The number of applicants exceeded the number of available spaces at all option schools/programs; therefore, we held double-blind lotteries for admission to those locations on January 29, 2020. Students who applied, but were not selected through the lottery, have been placed on a waitlist.

Families can view the status of their application by logging into their School Mint account. As outlined in the application process, all families need to respond by February 21, 2020 of their decision for fall 2020.

Students who applied to more than one school program and were eligible may have been admitted to more than one school/program or placed on the waitlist. As a result, families will need to make a final decision regarding which school/program the student will attend by February 21, 2020. We are asking families to use the SchoolMint online application portal to let us know if the student is accepting or declining admission. If you have been accepted to more than one option school/program, once a commitment is made for the fall of 2020, the student’s name will be removed from any other admission and/or waitlist. If a student did not receive an offer to their first choice, they can decline the offer to their second or third choice and remain on the waitlist for their first choice. Students who did not receive offers can remain on more than one waitlist until they receive an offer and must decide.

Transportation

Transportation is available for students attending option schools/programs. However, to address the ongoing challenges with the length of bus routes as well as on-time performance, APS staff have reviewed the routes and bus stop locations for students attending option schools/programs to improve the efficiency, which includes centralizing stop locations. All students will be assigned to the closest bus stop, but some stops may be a longer distance from the student’s residence. Additional information will be available from Transportation Services later in the spring and summer.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, lotteries and/or waitlists, please send an email to schooloptions@apsva.us, and we will be happy to assist you.

Information for Students Accepted at H-B Woodlawn (Grades 6 & 9)

Grade 6: Please refer to the H-B Woodlawn website for information for admitted middle school students: (https://hbwoodlawn.apsva.us/all-about-h-b-woodlawn/admission-to-h-b-woodlawn/information-students-accepted-lottery-2/). To set up a day for your student to visit, please call or email Vanessa Piccorossi 703-228-6351 or vanessa.piccorossi@apsva.us). Once the visit has been scheduled, you will need to contact your elementary school’s attendance office to let them know which day they will be absent.

Grade 9: Please refer to the H-B Woodlawn website for information for admitted high school students: (https://hbwoodlawn.apsva.us/all-about-h-b-woodlawn/admission-to-h-b-woodlawn/information-students-accepted-lottery-hs/). To set up a day for your student to visit, please call or email Vanessa Piccorossi 703-228-6351 or vanessa.piccorossi@apsva.us). Once the visit has been scheduled, you will need to contact your middle school’s attendance office to let them know which day they will be absent.

Families who choose to attend H-B Woodlawn for the 2020-21 school year must read and sign the documents referred to on our website (see the above links). Please return these documents to Vanessa Piccorossi in the H-B office by email at vanessa.piccorossi@apsva.us by February 21, 2020.

Information for Students Accepted at Arlington Tech

Please visit the Arlington Tech webpage at https://careercenter.apsva.us/for-admitted-students/ for information and next steps. Please contact Catherine Steinmetz at catherine.steinmetz@apsva.us or 703-228-5811 if you have additional questions.

Information for Students Accepted at Wakefield (AP Network and Immersion)

If you have questions, or if you need assistance, please contact Wakefield High School by phone at 703-228-6720 or by email mary.thacker@apsva.us.

Please make sure to speak with your current 8th grade counselor and complete a Wakefield  Course Request Form (CRF) form for Wakefield when you are selecting your classes for next year. If you are currently a private school student, please contact Wakefield as directed above to request a CRF and meet with the registrar. Also, visit the school’s website at www.apsva.us/wakefield for additional information.

Students new to Immersion MUST have a proficient level of Spanish to take academic coursework. To schedule a Spanish Proficiency Assessment, please contact the World Languages Office by email at margo.hope@apsva.us or by phone at 703-228-6097. Students will need to be assessed prior to enrollment.

Information for Students Accepted at Washington- Liberty

Please contact the registrar at your student’s current school. Communicate that your child will be attending Washington-Liberty High School beginning fall 2020. Please also email the W-L registrar, Debbie Germosen (debbie.germeson@apsva.us). Students in 8th grade will be given a Course Request Form (CRF) for W-L by their middle school counselors and will return it to their current counselor. If you have further questions, please contact Julie Cantor at Julie.cantor@apsva.us , the IB Coordinator at W-L.

You can also visit https://wl.apsva.us/international-baccalaureate-program/ for additional information regarding the IB Program.

Information for Students Accepted at Gunston (Immersion and Montessori)

Please contact the school at 703 -228-6900 and ask to speak to the counseling department if you have any questions about the school or the Course Request Forms (CRF). You can also visit the school’s website at https://gunston.apsva.us/ for additional information.

Students new to Immersion MUST have a proficient level of Spanish to take academic coursework. To schedule a Spanish Proficiency Assessment, please contact the World Languages Office by email at margo.hope@apsva.us or by phone at 703-228-6097. Students will need to be assessed prior to enrollment. You may also contact Dena Gollopp at dena.gollopp@apsva.us for specific questions about the Immersion Program.

Students admitted to Montessori should have a self-directed approach to learning, are able to work independently and in multi-age groupings. Additionally, the student is interested in being an active member of the community and in caring for the environment. We want to ensure that the Montessori classroom environment is a good fit for your child. The number of available slots will not be known until mid-March and the acceptance notification will occur after that time. Please plan on attending an information session on March 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Gunston library. You may also review the school’s website for information about the Montessori Middle Years program.


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