FAQs

1• Where do I register my child? APS students register at their home schools.  Non APS Arlington resident students who meet all applicable eligibility criteria register at their neighborhood APS school.  Non resident students who meet all applicable eligibility criteria register at the Summer School Office.  Most but not all classes are open to non APS students.  Please consult the Summer School Catalog for details.

2• Can I register online? In 2019, online registration is available for the following elementary enrichment programs: Global Village Summit, Math Academy and Summer Laureate.  Enrollment is limited to APS students who pay with a mySchoolBucks account.  Non APS resident students, and students who have scholarships, must register through their home school.  Elementary enrichment programs are not open to non Arlington resident students.  Online registration will be available through the following links beginning March 7:
Global Village Summit:  apsva.us/summer-school/gvs-application/
Math Academy:  apsva.us/summer-school/math-application/
Summer Laureate:  apsva.us/summer-school/summer-laureate-application/

 3My child has to miss more than three days of summer school; will s/he be allowed to return to class?  There are no excused absences in summer school at any grade level.  Students who exceed three absences (two absences for high school new work for credit courses) will be automatically withdrawn.

4• Our summer plans changed and I have to withdraw my child, can I get a refund?   Strengthening programs at the elementary level are non-refundable.  At the secondary level, they are refundable only if a student signed up for a credit bearing class that s/he passed during the year and no longer needs to take, or if a student signed up for new work for credit class and needs to be moved to a strengthening class (qualifies for a partial refund).  Elementary enrichment and high school new work withdrawals are eligible for a refund (less a cancellation fee) ONLY if one of the three following criteria is met:  1) prolonged student illness with a doctor’s note, 2) death in the immediate family, 3) transfer of residence outside of Arlington. (Note:  students who register online for an elementary enrichment course will be refunded only as outlined above by check rather than by credit card).

5• Will my child get bus transportation? Elementary students who live at least one mile from the summer school site and secondary students who live at least 1.5 miles from the summer school site are eligible for transportation.  (Elementary students who are attending an out of boundary school during the academic year on a MUST register for their home school cluster for summer strengthening classes in order to qualify for transportation).  Bus runs will only be made at the beginning and the end of the day.  Secondary students who only take one class will not be allowed to stay at school when they don’t have a class, and will need to find alternate transportation to/from school between first and second period.  For more information, please call the Transportation Office at 703-228-6640.

6• Where will the bus pick up and drop off my student? Elementary School programs: students will receive a list of neighborhood stop locations in their packet (see FAQ #7).   Middle & High School programs: bus stops will be located at Elementary schools and some neighborhood locations such as libraries or community centers (see FAQ #7).

7• When will I get my child’s schedule in the mail? Secondary schedules, welcome letters and but route/stop information will be available in ParentVue on July 2, 2019.  Packets will only be mailed to parents who specifically requested a hard copy on their child’s registration form.   Schedules, welcome letters, bus route/stop information for all other students will be mailed on July 1, 2019.

8• Is there a Late Registration and who is eligible to register there? Late Registration for current APS middle and high school students will be held at the Syphax Building on June 24 from 8 AM to 7 PM.  Only APS students who have failed a class will be allowed to register.  No new work for credit registrations will be accepted.  No elementary registrations will be accepted.

9• We missed the registration deadline, can my child still register? Registration opens March 7.  The May 3 deadline is firm for all elementary classes, middle school enrichment classes, and high school new work classes.  There are no wait-lists, auditing a class is not possible, and deadlines are firm.  The deadline is for  secondary students who need to repeat a class is June 7.  If a student is unsure whether they will need to repeat a class by that date, they should wait and sign up at Late Registration on June 24.  Late Registration is not open to elementary students.

10• Are there specific requirements for the elementary and middle school strengthening programs? At the elementary level, only students who are failing a course, who previously failed an SOL, or who are significantly below grade level in reading and/or math are eligible for the Math & Language Arts Program.  The program is by invitation only from the school principal and students must have the signature of a school administrator on their form in order to register.  At the middle school level, only 8th graders who failed English 8, Math 8 or Physical Science will be allowed to register for those courses.  If students are unsure of whether they are going to pass, they should wait to register at Late Registration on June 24.

11• My grandson will be visiting me this summer, can he attend class at the Arlington resident rates?  Only children living full-time with a parent or legal guardian in Arlington County are eligible to register at the resident rates.  Children from outside Arlington who are visiting family or friends in the county during summer are allowed to register for (most) classes but are required to pay the non-resident fees.

12• I am a teacher in Arlington County but live outside the county; does my child qualify for the resident rates?  Children of APS teachers who live in neighboring districts are required to pay non-resident rates unless they have been enrolled in an APS school for the entire preceding school year.

13• Are there any scholarships or reduced fees?  Scholarships based upon financial need are available.  Families seeking financial assistance should contact the principal at their child’s school for information prior to registering their child for Summer School.  Reduced fees are available for students who meet income eligibility requirements.

14• If my child is currently in the 4th grade, should she register for 4th or 5th grade in summer school? 4th grade; Summer School is considered to be an extension of the current school year.

15• Are the programs first-come first-served or do you take everyone who registers?  Everyone who registers within the regular registration window and meets all applicable eligibility criteria will be accepted into the summer school program – WITH TWO EXCEPTIONS:  Fun with Coding and Elementary/Middle School Outdoor Lab have an early deadline of April 5 with limited slots.  If registration exceeds program capacity for either of these courses, a random selection procedure will be used to determine participation.  Families will be notified by April 12 from the relevant program office on the status of their applications.  Please see the Summer School Catalog for additional details.

16• What happens if we move before summer school starts and my child needs to transfer to a different summer school site? Your child must be pre-registered for fall 2019 by June 7 in order to change your summer school location.  Please contact the Summer School Office at 703-228-7645 before June 7 in order to request a change.

17• Can my children attend summer school together even though they are at different schools during the academic year?  Elementary students in strengthening programs are assigned to summer clusters based on the schools they attend during the year.  Students are only eligible to participate in classes at their designated cluster sites (this includes the home schools/cluster sites for students who attend an out of boundary school during the year) unless they are attending one of the countywide enrichment or special education programs.