Middle School Information & Transition

Transfer To An Option Middle School Program — APPLICATION WINDOW 11/1/2021 – 1/21/2022

APS provides educational options in which students may enroll, recognizing that individual students may thrive in varied educational settings. Option Schools require an application process and admission is based on a lottery process. The application window to apply to for option programs for the 2022-2023 school year takes place between November 1, 2021 to January 21, 2022. The Options and Transfers policy is outlined in School Board Policy J-5.3.31. The Option Programs in APS are:

  • Spanish Immersion Program at Gunston
  • Montessori Middle Years Program at Gunston
  • H-B Woodlawn

Transfer To A Neighborhood School That Is Accepting Transfers — APPLICATION WINDOW 2/21/22 – 3/11/22

Neighborhood transfers to all APS middle schools will be offered to the extent possible given financial constraints and capacity limits. After the Superintendent’s Annual Update on enrollment is published in January, the availability of neighborhood transfers will be shared with families. If there is availability for neighborhood school transfers, the application window to apply to for a neighborhood transfer for the 2022-2023 school year takes place between February 21, 2022 to March 11, 2022. Parents/Caregivers are responsible for transportation when a student accepts a transfer to another neighborhood school that is accepting transfers. If families are interested in requesting a neighborhood transfer upon availability, they must complete a middle school transfer application through the online application portal.Information on how to apply for a neighborhood transfer and the appeals process is available on the How to Apply page.

General Timeline

Date Information
October 25, 2021 Middle School Information Night
November 1, 2021 Option Middle Schools & Program Application Opens
January 21, 2022 Option Middle Schools & Program Application Closes
January 31, 2022 Option Middle Schools & Program Lottery
February 7, 2022 Option Middle Schools & Program Lottery Notification
February 21, 2022 Option Middle Schools & Program Deadline for Accepting/Declining Spot
February 21, 2022 MS Neighborhood Transfers Application Opens
March 11, 2022 MS Neighborhood Transfers Application Closes
March 18, 2022 MS Neighborhood Transfers Lottery
March 25, 2022 MS Neighborhood Transfers Lottery Notification
April 8, 2022 MS Neighborhood Transfers Deadline for Accepting/Declining Spot

Middle School Information Sessions

School Session Date Session Link
Dorothy Hamm Jan. 20, 2022 6:30 p.m. DHMS Session
Gunston Jan. 19, 2022 7 p.m. (Spanish) Gunston Session (Spanish)
Jan. 20, 2022 7 p.m. (English) Gunston Session (English)
H-B Woodlawn Jan. 11, 2022 7 p.m. H-B Woodlawn Session
Jefferson Jan. 11, 2022 7 p.m.  Jefferson Session
Kenmore Jan. 5, 2022  7 p.m. (Spanish) Kenmore Session (Spanish)
Jan. 12, 2022 7 p.m. (English) Kenmore Session (English)
Swanson Jan. 13, 2022 6:30 p.m. Swanson Session
Williamsburg Jan. 12, 2022 7 p.m. Williamsburg Session

Secondary Program of Studies

The Program of Studies is written for students and parents to outline general and specific information regarding curricular offerings and services in Arlington Public Schools.


Questions?

Stephanie Martin – Long Branch School Counselor | (703) 228-8058 | stephanie.martin@apsva.us

APS Welcome Center – Syphax Education Center | 2110 Washington Boulevard | (703) 228-8000

School & Community Relations – (703) 228-6005 | (703) 228-7667