Summer School FAQs

1. When will registration open? Registration opens March 5. It closes May 1 for all elementary programs (excluding Outdoor Lab) and New Work for Credit, and June 5 for all secondary strengthening programs.

2. Where do I register my child? APS students register at their home schools.  Non-APS Arlington secondary 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.  Please consult the Summer School Catalog for details.

3. When can my child register and what are the deadlines for enrollment? Registration opens March 5.  The May 1 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 for secondary students who need to repeat a class is June 5.  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 22.  Late registration is not open to elementary students.

4. What are the dates for the elementary summer strengthening programs and who can enroll? The APS elementary summer strengthening programs run July 6 – 31, 2020. Summer strengthening at the elementary level is for students who meet specific eligibility requirements established by the Department of Teaching and Learning. Enrollment is by teacher and principal recommendation only for students who are at least one grade-level below in reading and/or math. Eligible students will be notified during Parent-Teacher conferences on March 5 – 6. A letter will also be mailed to families indicating student eligibility.

5. What are the dates for the secondary summer strengthening programs and who can enroll? The APS secondary summer strengthening programs run July 6 – August 7, 2020. Students in grades 6 or 7 that are in need of additional time and exposure to content may enroll. Application requires teacher signature. Students in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, that are in need of retaking a listed high school course for credit, including those who need to retake the course because they did not pass the associated SOL exam, may enroll.

6. Are there specific requirements for the elementary, middle, or high school strengthening programs? At the elementary level, only APS 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 strengthening programs.  The programs are 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 did not pass English 8, Math 8 or Physical Science will be allowed to register for those courses.  If 8th grade students are unsure of whether they are going to pass English 8, Math 8 or Physical Science, they should wait to register at Late Registration on June 22.

High school students are eligible to take make-up and strengthening courses if they meet the following criteria:

  • have not passed the course previously
  • have passed the course, but did not pass a Standards of Learning (SOL) exam associated with that course
  • have passed a course but wish to improve their grade (for Pre-Algebra for 8th Graders, English 8 and Physical Science 8, only students who previously failed the course are eligible to register)

7. Are there any summer enrichment programs for elementary students?  In order to make the best use of available staff and limited resources, and to serve the students with the greatest need, APS will not be able to offer its elementary enrichment programs in Summer 2020 (this excludes Outdoor Lab).

8. Are there any alternative enrichment programs being offered for elementary students? APS has worked closely with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to identify similar summer enrichment program offerings and comparable camp providers to families prior to the DPR summer camp registration. Visit the following link for a list of comparable summer enrichment programs offered through DPR: Arlington County offers fee reductions for eligible students, making these options comparable in price to APS offerings.

9. My 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.

10. 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).  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. Deadline for refund requests is June 26. Request must be submitted to the registrar who took the original registration.

11. 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 for elementary and secondary students 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.

12. Where will the bus pick up and drop off my child? Elementary School programs: students will receive a list of neighborhood stop locations in their packet (see FAQ #13).   Middle & High School programs: bus stops will be located at elementary schools and some neighborhood locations such as libraries or community centers (see FAQ #13).

13. 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 June 30, 2020.  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 June 29, 2020.

14. Is there a late registration and who is eligible to register there? Late registration for current APS middle and high school students who need strengthening courses will be held at the Syphax Building on June 22 from 8 AM to 7 PM. No new work for credit registrations will be accepted.  No elementary late registrations will be accepted.

15. 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 who are pre-registered to attend an APS school the following school year are eligible to register at the resident rates.

16. 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.

17. Are there any scholarships or reduced fees?  Scholarships based upon financial need may be 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.

18. 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 2020 by June 5 in order to change your summer school location.  Please contact the Summer School Office at 703-228-7645 before June 5 in order to request a change.

19. 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) and only if they receive an invitation letter from their school principal.

20. Do you have summer programs for non-native English speakers who would like to attend summer classes but are not currently enrolled in APS?  APS does not offer summer classes that are designed for non-native speakers who are not already enrolled in APS during the regular academic year. Our strengthening classes are for students who are repeating a class because they either failed it, or failed the associated Standards of Learning Exam. Alternatively, our new work for credit classes are highly demanding and require that students complete an entire year’s worth of study in five weeks. If a non-native speaker moves to Arlington at the end of the academic year and pre-registers for the following fall in an APS school, s/he will be eligible to attend summer school but ONLY if s/he arrives early enough to complete mandatory language testing prior to the start of summer classes. Eligible families who move to Arlington County should contact their neighborhood APS school for more information and to pre-register. A non-native speaker who is just visiting for the summer and does not pre-register for the fall is not eligible to receive language testing, or to attend our summer classes.