Upcoming APS Community Engagement Opportunities:
Middle School Boundary “What We Heard” Meetings – SAME MEETING, TWO NIGHTS
Wednesday, October 25, from 7-9 p.m. – Yorktown High School (5200 Yorktown Blvd., Arlington 22207)
Thursday, October 26, from 7-9 p.m. – Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington 22206)
Staff will present a second round of proposals for middle school boundaries developed after receiving community input at the “Getting Started” meetings and online. The proposals will shape the Superintendent’s recommendation to the School Board that will create boundaries for the new middle school at Stratford, relieve crowding at some schools, and balance enrollment among all six middle schools. The meeting will be live-streamed and posted on Engage. There is no need to attend more than once because the same meeting will be held both nights; simultaneous translation in Spanish will be available.
Middle School Boundary Meeting in Spanish
Tuesday, October 24, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Kenmore Middle School, Rooms 90-91 (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington 22204)
Staff will present information and gather input in Spanish about the middle school boundary process, as well as information on the instructional focus options for the Education Center site.
Middle School Boundaries – What’s Up, APS? Podcast
For a quick summary of the middle school boundary change process to date, the latest episode of the What’s Up, APS?podcast addresses frequent questions from the community. Find it here: https://soundcloud.com/user-203154489/middle-school-boundaries
Education Center Instructional Focus
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 7-9 p.m. @ Education Center, in rooms 101&102
On June 29, 2017 the School Board voted to renovate the Education Center Building to provide approximately 500 – 600 high school seats. A working group will propose two to three options for the instructional focus, including:
- expansion of Washington-Lee by 600 seats
- open a new high school program with approximately 500 seats (options identified in ACI’s annual report, 2016)
Career Center High School Seats
Wednesday October 11 from 7-9 p.m. @ Washington-Lee Cafeteria, 1301 N. Stafford St
On June 29, 2017 the School Board vote on 1,300 high school seats approved adding 700-800+ seats through an addition to the Career Center. As APS prepares to move forward, a joint meeting between APS’s Facilities Advisory Council (FAC) and the County’s Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) will identify additional considerations (not already identified by the School Board in its motion) for a Career Center Working Group charge. This is an opportunity to learn more about the process to create a long-term vision for the Career Center. The meeting will be live-streamed and posted on Engage.
Middle School Boundaries: Getting Started Community Meetings
Note, there are two meetings on two different nights at two different locations, but the information is the same. Those interested in participating only need to attend one night.
Monday October 2 from 7-9 p.m. @ Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Blvd. 22207
Wednesday October 4 from 7-9 p.m. @ Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 22204
- A new middle school is opening in 2019 at the Stratford site (currently the site of H-B Woodlawn and Stratford programs).
- New boundaries will be established to
- Create a boundary for the new middle school at Stratford
- Relieve crowding at some schools, notably Swanson and Williamsburg
- Balance enrollment among all six middle schools.
- This will impact students who are currently in grades 4, 5 and 6. In 2019, when the boundary takes effect, these students will be entering grades 6, 7 and 8.