Transition to Middle School

Middle School Information Sessions

Gunston |703-228-6900 Jan. 21, 2020 (Spanish) | Jan. 15, 2020 (English)7 p.m.
Jefferson |  703-228-5900 Jan. 9, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Kenmore | 703-228-6800 Jan. 8, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Swanson | 703-228-5500 Jan. 16, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Williamsburg | 703-228-5450 Jan. 13, 2020 | 7 p.m.
H-B Woodlawn | 703-228-6363 Dec. 11, 2019 | 7 p.m. (MS & HS)
Dorothy Hamm | 703-228-2910 Jan. 23, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.


Important Dates

Option Middle Schools & Programs Application Timeline
Application Window: CLOSED | Nov. 4, 2019 – Jan. 17, 2020
Lottery | Jan. 29, 2020
Lottery Notification | Feb. 7, 2020
Accept/Decline | Feb. 21, 2020
Middle School Neighborhood Transfers Application Timeline 
Application Window: CLOSED | Feb. 24, 2020 – Mar. 16, 2020
Lottery | March 23, 2020
Lottery Notification | Mar ch 30, 2020
Accept/Decline | April 10, 2020


General Middle School Options & Transfers Application Information for School Year 2019-2020 

  • Option Schools/Programs: Spanish Immersion Program at Gunston, Montessori Middle Years Program at Gunston, and H-B Woodlawn (Grades 6-8).
  • Neighborhood Transfers: The application period to apply for a neighborhood middle school transfers will open on Feb. 24, Information about middle school transfers for the 2020-21 school year is available on the Middle School Requesting a Transfer webpage. Families that would like to request their child attend a middle school other than their neighborhood middle school can request an administrative transfer (appeals process) after first applying for a neighborhood transfer.
  • Information Night: Watch the Middle School Information Night video or view the PowerPoint presentation. In addition, each middle school offers a school-based information session for families.
  • Waitlists: Middle school neighborhood transfer waitlists will be maintained by the APS Welcome Center until May 1, 2020. Options seats are continuously filled throughout the school year as seats become available. Families will be notified if they are on the waitlist and a seat becomes available. If families do not accept or decline a seat by the deadline, the available seat is given to the next student on the waitlist. All waitlists reset when the options and transfers period begins each year, so families must reapply if they are still interested in attending a school or program they applied to previously.
  • Sibling Preference: Sibling preference is not currently offered at the middle school level.
  • Transportation: Transportation is available for students attending option schools/programs. However, bus stops may be centralized and a longer distance from a student’s Transportation is not provided for neighborhood or administrative transfers.
  • Appeals: Families with students placed on a waitlist can file an appeal for an administrative transfer under the appeals process. Approval under the appeals process occurs after the lottery and the timeline to accept or decline options and transfers offers.
  • To Apply: Apply for middle school options and transfers through the online application portal.

Additional information on middle school options and transfers is available on the Middle School Options and Transfers page.