Transition to Middle School

Middle School Transition Timeline

2022 – 2023 School Year

https://www.apsva.us/school-options/middle-school-choices/
**Updated as of 11/30/2022**


Rising 6th Grade Academic Transition Information & Activities Timeline

Virtual Middle School Information Night
October 25, 2022
Families of students entering middle school in the fall of 2023 will learn about the transition to middle school, core classes, electives, and extracurriculars. Families interested in option schools/programs or neighborhood transfers will learn about the application and lottery process. View recording here
Middle School Information Sessions:
Dates Vary December 2022 – January 2023
Each school hosts an in-person and/or virtual information session to provide families the opportunity to meet the staff, learn more about the school, and ask questions. All families of rising middle school students are encouraged to attend an information session hosted by their neighborhood school and option school they are interested in.
See full schedule here
Middle Schools Visit Elementary Schools
February 2023
A middle school counselor will be coming to your elementary school to present on the school and course request forms. HB Woodlawn does NOT come to visit since they have their own timelines and orientations.
Course Request Forms Due to Middle Schools
Monday, March 6, 2023
CRFs are the forms the 5th graders will use to request their courses for 6th grade. These forms are to be filled out with their parent(s) or caregiver(s).
CRFs will be digital on Google Forms, accessed through Canvas.
5th Grade Grouping Cards
TBD – Likely May
“Grouping Card” spreadsheets communicate academic levels, interventions, IEP or 504, or social-emotional or behavioral needs. They are completed collaboratively by 5th grade teachers and student services staff.

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Application information and option middle schools and programs can be found here: https://www.apsva.us/school-options/middle-school-choices/


Option Schools/Programs – Application Timeline for School Year 2023-2024

Application window: OPEN Nov. 7, 2022 – Jan. 13, 2023 (at 4:00 p.m.)
Lottery (online) Jan. 23, 2023 (at 1:00 p.m.)
Families receive lottery results Jan. 30, 2023 (after 4:00 p.m.)
Deadline to accept/decline Feb. 13, 2023 (by 11:59 p.m.)

Neighborhood Transfers – Application Timeline for School Year 2023-2024

Application window Feb. 20, 2023 – Mar. 3, 2023 (at 4:00 p.m.)
Lottery (online) Mar, 17, 2023 (at 1:00 p.m.)
Families receive lottery results Mar. 24, 2023 (at 4:00 p.m.)
Deadline to accept/decline Mar 31, 2023 (by 11:59 p.m.)

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Middle School Information Session Dates for SY 2023-2024

School Session Date Format
Dorothy Hamm
4100 Vacation Lane, 22207
Dec. 8, 7 p.m. In-person
Gunston
2700 S Lang St, 22206
Jan. 18, 7 p.m. (Spanish) In-person
Jan. 19, 7 p.m. (English) In-person
H-B Woodlawn
1601 Wilson Blvd, 22209
Dec. 6, 7 p.m. In-person
Jefferson
125 S Old Glebe Rd, 22204
Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Virtual
Kenmore
200 S Carlin Springs Rd, 22204
Jan. 5, 7 p.m. In-person*Update: The virtual session is now in-person
Swanson
5800 N Washington Blvd, 22205
Dec. 8, 6 p.m.*Update: The virtual session scheduled for Dec. 1, 6pm has been canceled. In-person
Williamsburg
3600 N Harrison St, 22207
Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m In-person

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Option Middle Schools & Programs Application Closes- January 13, 2023

  • Applications accepted until 1/13/23 at 4 p.m. Any applications received after this deadline will be added to the end of the waitlist.

Option Middle Schools & Programs Lottery – January 13, 2023

  • The 2023-24 school year lotteries for the middle and high school option programs will be held online on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 at 1 p.m.
  • If the number of applications exceed the available seats for any of the Options Schools, APS will conduct a lottery to determine admission.
  • If families apply to more than one school/program, their application will go into all lotteries simultaneously.
  • Families do NOT receive lottery results on the day of the automated lottery. Families are notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist by email and/or text by 4 p.m. on the date in the application timeline.

Neighborhood Transfer Availability Decided – Feb. 2023

  • A decision regarding neighborhood transfers will be made in February 2023 after the January enrollment update to the Superintendent and the School Board.

Option Middle Schools & Programs Lottery Notification – January 30, 2023

  • Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist by email and/or text by the APS Welcome Center on January 30 , 2023 after 4 p.m.
  • If families do not accept or decline their seat by the deadline, their seat will be given to the next student on the waitlist.

Option Middle Schools & Programs Accept/Decline Deadline – February 13, 2023

  • Families must confirm or decline attendance to the school or program by February 13, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Neighborhood Transfer Application Opens – February 20, 2023

  • If neighborhood middle schools (Dorothy Hamm, Gunston, Kenmore, Jefferson, Swanson, or Williamsburg) are accepting neighborhood transfer, the application window opens.

Neighborhood Transfer Application Closes – March 3, 2023

  • Applications accepted until 3/3/22 at 4 p.m. Any applications received after this deadline will be added to the end of the waitlist.

Neighborhood Transfer Lottery – March 17, 2023

  • The 2022-23 school year lotteries for neighborhood transfer will be held online on March 17, 2022 at 1 p.m.
  • If the number of applications exceed the available seats for any of the neighborhood schools, APS will conduct a lottery to determine admission.
  • If families apply to more than one school/program, their application will go into all lotteries simultaneously.

Neighborhood Transfer Lottery Notification – March 24, 2023

  • Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist by email and/or text by the APS Welcome Center on March 24, 2023 after 4 p.m.
  • If families do not accept or decline their seat by the deadline, their seat will be given to the next student on the waitlist.

Neighborhood Transfer Accept/Decline Deadline – March 31, 2023

  • Families must confirm or decline attendance to the school by March 31, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

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