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Academic Planning

Academic Planning

Academic Planning is designed to assist students and families in successfully navigating the PreK-12 school experience in Arlington Public Schools (APS). School Counselors meet with students to discuss course options, high school credits and monitor academic progression.


Course Selection for 2024-2025


February 23rd – Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Course Request DUE.

April 24th and 25th – Middle School Visits: All students in APS will have the opportunity to visit their neighborhood schools and learn about the school and what they offer. At Jefferson, students will tour the campus, learn about the school with SCA, have the opportunity to meet some of our students in various sports and clubs at TJ and a brief performance from our Fine Arts department. We can’t wait to welcome our future Yellowjackets!


Mathematics Course Recommendations

For any Math inquiries, please reach out to Mrs. Cobbs, our Math Coach.

APS Mathematics Progression Chart, SY 24-25

Course Request Forms

Rising 6th Grade

Counselor: Ms. Burton

*APS 5th grade students must submit their CRF digitally. Please refer to your student’s Canvas.


Course Request Information:

*The video is in English and Spanish

Rising 7th Grade

Counselor: Mr. Spencer

*For more information regarding 7th grade, please use the QR code on the document.


Rising 7th Grade Presentation

thumbnail of Copy of 7th Grade CRF presentation- 2023 (1)

Rising 8th Grade

Counselor: Ms. Black

*For more information regarding 8th grade, please use the QR code on the document.


Rising 8th Grade Presentation

thumbnail of _Gr 8 Course Selection with Ms. Black

Academic Planning Resources

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.


Link: https://www.apsva.us/curriculum/program-of-studies/

Middle School Intensified Information 24-25

Please see the PowerPoint slides from the Office of Academics


Middle School Intensified Information

Transitioning to Middle School

Please view the county wide video regarding Middle School Information:


23-24 SY Middle School Information Video: English

23-24 SY Middle School Information Video: Spanish

High School Option Programs

Option schools and programs offer specialized educational instruction. Interested families must submit an online application during a specific time period. Spaces are limited. Learn about the application and lottery process. Review frequently asked questions.


Schools and Programs link

Option School Application timeline and Application 

Family Information Sessions

High School Information Night

Each high school offers an in-person information session between November and December. Families are encouraged to attend to learn about their assigned neighborhood school or option school of interest, meet school staff, and ask questions.


  • Wakefield High School (Focus on immersion and the AP Network) – Mon, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
  • Arlington Tech Virtual Night: November 14th at 7pm (English and Spanish)
  • Washington-Liberty High School (Intro to academics, life at W-I and focus on IB Diploma Programme) – Thu, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.


  • Yorktown High School (AP Capstone) – Tue, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
  • H-B Woodlawn – Tue, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
  • Arlington Tech – Wed, Dec. 13, 7  p.m.’


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from high school, students must meet the minimum requirements for either the Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma as outlined below. A standard credit is earned when a student passes a course. A verified credit is earned when a student passes a course and either the associated end-of-course SOL test or a performance assessment in history and social sciences.

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