If you are interested in our Arlington schools, it is great to know that APS offers many opportunities for parents to attend information sessions throughout the spring. Kindergarten Information Night took place on January 28, 2019. If you missed this event, watch the video and Powerpoint presentation which will guide you on the registration process as well as the neighborhood and option schools. Elementary School Information Sessions are provided for all elementary schools in Arlington and are scheduled from February through April every year. The information sessions allow for everyone to tour schools, meet the principals and see the teachers “in action.” There is also a wealth of information on the APS website.
For the 2019-2020 school year Arlington Public Schools (APS) will offer 24 elementary schools including a blend of neighborhood schools and “option” schools. While every student is guaranteed a spot at their neighborhood school, a student may apply to attend an option school that provides specialized instruction.
To understand more about applying to Arlington Elementary School Options and decide whether an option school might be a good fit for your child, we have highlighted the option schools below:
Arlington Traditional School adheres to a traditional approach to education relying on the ABC’s of success – Academics, Behavior and Character. The ATS community strongly believes success for a student is based on dedication to learning and character development provided in an engaging and structured environment.
Campbell Elementary School is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) School, where students learn through authentic hands on experiences and through nature. Developmental appropriateness is emphasized at Campbell, allowing students to learn and develop at their own pace.
Claremont Immersion Elementary School is one of two English/Spanish Immersion schools. Two-way Spanish immersion program includes half-day content instruction in English and Spanish in developing communication skills of listening, speaking, etc. The program is also offered at Key Immersion School.
Key Immersion School is one of two English/Spanish immersion schools and serves students from the following elementary school attendance areas: Arlington Science Focus/Key, Barrett, Discovery, Glebe, Henry, Jamestown, Long Branch, and Taylor. The program is also offered at Claremont. Every student participates fully in this internationally-recognized program designed to teach children a world language in a natural way.
The Montessori Public School of Arlington is currently co-located with Drew Model School and is the only APS elementary school that offers Montessori through fifth grade. The Montessori program is based on the philosophy that children are natural learners, and emphasizes spontaneous, cooperative inquiry in a supportive environment. The instruction utilizes team teaching and multiage grouping of students at different grade levels.
For additional information about Arlington Public Schools, and how they compare to other school districts, consider checking out the sources below: