The official headcount of students for any given school year is taken on the last school day of each month. The statistics are listed by grade in each school.
2022-23 School Year
2021-22 School Year
2020-21 School Year
- October (School code, “Hallmark Youth Care”, is appearing and should not, please disregard)September
2019-20 School Year
2018-19 School Year
For data for earlier years, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Size Report
Information about class sizes within Arlington is reported annually. All data reported in each year’s report reflects the official September 30 enrollment.
MONITORING ENROLLMENT AND PROJECTIONS
Arlington Public Schools monitors student enrollment and assesses the need for capacity in our schools on an ongoing basis. Several APS reports are produced annually to provide an estimate of student enrollment and insight into capacity needs for the future. The process of projecting student enrollment is fluid and dynamic, reflecting changes in County birth rates, housing development, migration, and other criteria that factor into the projections process. The enrollment and projection reports are used for planning purposes to ensure sufficient capacity, budget, staffing, and other resources to meet student needs.
APS produces reports throughout the year to monitor our evolving enrollment and capacity needs; the table below lists these reports and provides a timeline.
Planning Tools for Student Enrollment, Projection and Capacity
|Report Name||Report Content||Primary Uses||Most Recent|
|Fall 2022 10-Year Enrollment Projections Report
||NEW – Fall 2022 10-Year Enrollment Projections Report (2023 to 2032)|
|Enrollment Management Plan (formerly the Superintendent’s Annual Update)||The details in this report are framed around the following tools that APS uses to address near-term capacity changes:
|Capacity Utilization Tables
||Capacity utilization measures the extent that school buildings are occupied by comparing actual and projected PreK to Grade 12 student enrollment to the permanent seat capacity at each school. The purpose of the capacity utilization table is to show projected seat availability by school and by year for the next decade.||This data helps APS to assess capacity needs and the type of solution (capital or non‐capital) to accommodate students.||
The Capacity Utilization Tables were upated July 2023
|2023 Pre-CIP Report
||2023 Pre-CIP Report|
|September Enrollment Report||
||See Monthly Enrollment, above|
|Spring 1-Year Projection Update||
|10-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)||
||10-Year Capital Improvement Plan|
ANALYZING ENROLLMENT AND PROJECTIONS
This report was published in December 2022. The Annual Enrollment Projections Report:
- includes the Fall 2022 10-Year Projection Tables
- explains data collection and related assumptions used to produce the projections, and provides the methodology which has been updated yearly since the Fall 2019 projections to incorporate assumptions provided by Arlington County government, including a forecast of births and residential development
A narrated presentation on the context and factors considered in last year’s enrollment projections is available at, Fall 2021 Enrollment Projections is available (YouTube Video).
The Superintendent’s 2022 Annual Update:
- focuses on addressing near-term capacity needs
- provides a one-stop resource that communicates what is in place currently to address enrollment growth
- plans for continuous improvements to the process for addressing near-term capacity needs
This report was published in Fall 2019, the AFSAP:
- offers an overview of projected enrollment by school level
- compares current and planned capacity with enrollment projections
- used to inform the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
This report was published January 2021 for the 2021 to 2023 school years. The Fall Projection Tables:
- use data from the September Enrollment Report (see Monthly Enrollment, above);
- provide one table for each projected school year that shows annual projected enrollment by grade within existing schools; and
- reflect, unless otherwise noted:
- existing school facilities in the September Enrollment Report, and
- boundary and other policy changes completed during the previous school year
- among the other data used in the enrollment projections are Student Generation Rates (see Attachment C of report)
September Enrollment Report
This report was most recently published in Fall 2020. Every month, APS produces an enrollment report (see Monthly Enrollment, above) that provides a snapshot of the official headcount of students on the last day of that month throughout the school year. The September Enrollment Report:
- provides the official count of students enrolled in APS as of the last school day in September; and
- is the main data source for enrollment projections.
This report was most recently published Spring 2023, for the 2023-24 school year. The Spring 1-Year Projection Update:
- uses the January 2023 enrollment report to update the projections for the next school year;
- reflects the lottery seat assignments, targeted transfers, neighborhood transfers, and PreK moves determined in the Enrollment Management Plan
- is used to prepare the budget for the next fiscal year; and
- helps APS more accurately allocate staffing and other resources for the next fiscal year’s budget
MANAGING ENROLLMENT GROWTH AND PROJECTIONS
Several tools help APS meet the short- and long-term needs of enrollment growth. These include:
- Short-term capacity adjustments (Relocatable classrooms)
- Program Moves
- Boundary Changes
- Superintendent’s 2022 Annual Update
- Capital Improvement Plan (updated every two years)
Note: Capital Improvement Projects that are under construction or are in the planning process to add seats at all school levels in the next decade are not reflected in the enrollment projections. Those reports reflect only enrollment and capacity use of existing facilities.
Enrollment Management Plan
The details in this report are framed around the following tools that APS uses to address near-term capacity changes:
- Adding relocatable classrooms
- Offering transfers to neighborhood schools that have space for additional students
- Increasing or decreasing the number of students or classes accepted via the lottery at each of the option schools/programs
- Moving programs
- Changing how classrooms are used (i.e., converting computer labs to classrooms)
Intended to be a one-stop resource that communicates what is in place currently to address enrollment growth, and the plans for continuous improvements to the process for addressing near-term capacity needs
- This report is published following any Fall boundary changes
Pupil Transfer Report
This report provides information about student transfers within Arlington in a school year. A transfer student is a student who attends a school, but does not reside within that school’s boundaries, or one who attends a school that does not have an attendance area, that is, it is not a neighborhood school. Factors which affect the number of transfers allowed are the previous September 30 membership, and projected enrollment.According to School Board Policy J-5.3.31, most Arlington schools may accept transfers as long as the number of transfers does not exceed five percent based on the previous September 30 membership. In this report, these schools are referred to as neighborhood schools.
- 2022-23 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2021-22 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2020-21 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2019-20 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2018-19 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2017-18 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2016-17 Pupil Transfer Report
- 2015-16 Pupil Transfer Report
For data older than 2015-16, please email email@example.com.
For information on neighborhood transfers, targeted transfers and option school transfers, please visit Options & Transfers Application Data.
Elementary - Student:Teacher Ratio
This report provides information about school-wide student:teacher ratios at APS Elementary Schools as required in the Virginia Standards of Quality (SOQ). This report will be produced and posted annually, on or before January 1.
The official headcount of students for any given school year is taken on the last school day of each month. Secondary Program Enrollment is based on the official headcount and is listed by grade in each school.
2022-23 School Year
2021-22 School Year
How Class Sizes Are Balanced
Projecting the number of students who will attend school in an upcoming year is extremely important. Student enrollment projections are vital in the planning of class sizes, teacher assignments, room assignments and acquisition of materials for those classes. When school begins in September, we often see slight changes in our actual enrollment numbers when compared to what had been projected. Students who were expected at a school may have moved out of the area or more students than anticipated may have moved into a neighborhood school area. These and other variances in our ever-changing community may require us to reexamine staffing to ensure that our teaching staff is utilized in the best and most balanced way possible. The procedure to balance classes begins as early as February, about seven months before the start of the upcoming school year. The following is a summary of the process:
Spring enrollment projections are reviewed. Principals provide feedback regarding the projected number of students estimated for the upcoming school year. Preliminary staffing allocations, including special education and English as a Second Language/High Intensity Language Training (ESOL/HILT), are forwarded to principals and Senior Staff.
Staffing allocations for the upcoming school year are determined and forwarded to principals and Senior Staff.
Principals work with staff and parents in reaffirming the projected number of students who will be returning to school in Arlington for the upcoming school year.
Principals’ requests for reallocation of staff, based on changes, special needs or special circumstances, are considered by Senior Staff. Special staffing requests are considered weekly, reviewing information provided by principals and other staff to determine staffing levels and areas where staff may need to be increased or reduced. Aspects of the process include:
- Personnel Services and Administrative Services staff members visit with school staff to review staffing allocations. Student Services staff assist in determining staffing needs in Special Education.
- Finance staff determine staffing allocations in all areas based on enrollment and the approved planning factors for each grade level and curriculum area.
- Facilities and Operations staff works with schools to provide enrollment projections and make recommendations regarding space needs at the individual schools.
- Division of Instruction staff assists to review and make staff recommendations in program areas such as ESOL/HILT, Language Arts and Title I.
The actual number of students enrolled are examined twice in September – on the seventh day of classes and on September 30.
Based on the actual enrollment figures of September 30, staff are moved when class sizes are extremely low in one school and when there is a need for a comparable position in another school. Enrollment projections, actual enrollment figures, class sizes and the impact of a move on the students, the school and the overall program are some of the factors considered when teachers are moved. The Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services works with principals and teachers in coordinating any necessary reassignments. The Assistant Superintendent of Student Services works with Personnel Services when special education teachers and/or assistants need to be reassigned.
Changes in staffing allocations are examined continually throughout the school year. The impact of new students who are enrolled throughout the year is considered regularly, and staff are added to accommodate these changes as needed.
Enrollment Projections and Capacity Utilization - ARCHIVES
ARCHIVED – Superintendent’s Annual Update Report
- 2022 02 09 – Superintendent’s Annual Update
- 2021 Annual Update Posted Apr 19 2021
- 2020 Superintendent’s Annual Update
- 2019 Superintendent’s Annual Update
ARCHIVED – Fall 10-Year Projection Tables
- Fall 2021 Projections for 2022 – 2031
- Fall 2020 Projections for 2021 – 2023
- Fall 2019 Projections for 2020 – 2029
- Fall 2018 Projections for 2019 – 2028
- Fall 2017 Projections for 2018 – 2027
- Fall 2016 Projections for 2017 – 2026
- Fall 2015 Projections for 2016 – 2025
- Fall 2014 Projections for 2015 – 2024
- Fall 2013 Projections for 2014 – 2023
ARCHIVED – Annual Enrollment Projections Report
- Annual Enrollment Projections Report (2016)
- Annual Enrollment Projections Report (2015), first publication
ARCHIVED – Student Generation Rates
ARCHIVED – Spring 1-Year Projection Update
- Revised 1-Year Projections for the 2021-22 School Year (May 2021)
- Spring 1-Year Projections Update for the 2021-22 School Year (April 2021)
- Spring 1-Year Projections Update for the 2020-21 School Year
- Spring 2019 Update for Fall 2019-20
- Spring 2018 Update for Fall 2018-19
- Spring 2017 Update for Fall 2017-18
- Spring 2016 Update for Fall 2016-17
- Spring 2015 Update for Fall 2015-16
- Spring 2014 Update for Fall 2014-15
- Spring 2013 Update for Fall 2013-14
ARCHIVED Capacity Utilization Report
- Capacity Utilization Tables, School Years 2021-22 to 2029-30
- Capacity Utilization Tables, School Years 2019-20 to 2029-30
- (Please note that updated capacity figures can be found on page 19 of the Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan, March 2018)
- Fall 2017 – 2018
- Fall 2016 – 2026