Academic Planning

Course Information Night:

Below are the PowerPoints used for the presentations for January  18, 2017.

If you have misplaced your 2017 Course Request Form (CRF), you can download and print a new one below.

Completed CRF’s are due to your counselor:

  • Current 6th: 3/2/17
  • Current 7th grades: 1/26/17
  • Current 8th grade: 2/14/17


Academic Planning Information

High School Information Sessions

Arlington Tech      Jan. 9, 2017 at 2 PM

H-B Woodlawn     Jan. 9, 2017 at 3 PM

Wakefield              December 15, 2016 at 7 PM (Immersion Information Night)

Jan. 9, 2017 at 10 AM

Jan. 11, 2017 at 7 PM (AP Network Information Night)

Washington-Lee   Dec. 7, 2016

Jan, 9, at 8:30 AM (IB Information Night)

Yorktown              Dec. 7, 2016

Jan. 9, 2017 at 11 AM


APS has now created an academic planning roadmap and student companion documents to assist students and families with academic planning.  The academic planning roadmap has essential information that will help students and families when planning for coursework now and in the future.  Please access these resources on the APS Aspire2Excellence site.

Click on the NEW Academic Planning Map to learn about “Building a path to college and career opportunities.”



Middle School Information Night is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, from 7-9 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School. Parents of rising middle school students will hear an overview of what to expect in middle school; as well as an opportunity to attend two individual information sessions offered by each middle school’s administration and faculty.

Williamsburg Middle School Course Information Night – All Grades

These sessions are an opportunity for parents and students to  learn about the up-coming year.

January 18, 2017 at 7 PM.

Middle School Orientation – April 6 and 7, 2017

All 5th grade students visit the Middle School they will be attending in the Fall.  They have the opportunity to hear from the principal, counselors, and current students about a typical day for 6th graders.  They hear about different courses and electives and take a tour of the school building.


Following are frequently asked questions about the transition to middle school and the sixth grade. We hope they will be helpful to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact Williamsburg Counseling Department at 703-228-5450

  1. What does my child’s day look like in 6th grade?
    • The middle school day begins  7:50 am. and finishes at 2:24.
    • There are 5 core classes, Physical Education/Health, and one elective
  2. What are the core classes?
    • Core consists of English, Math, American Studies, Science and Reading or a semester of Reading and a semester of Transitional Spanish.
  3. Does PE meet everyday?
    • PE meets for three quarters and one quarter of Health instruction.
  4. What are the choices for the elective period?
    • The elective period can be filled with instrumental music or an exploratory rotation that may include visual arts, theatre arts, technology education, family and consumer science, computer keyboarding applications, Latin, and chorus. Please see the middle school Program of Studies pages 13-17 for descriptions of these classes. Additional options are described in these pages but are not offered at Williamsburg.
  5. How are students placed in core classes?
    • English, Science, Social Studies , and Reading are heterogeneously grouped.  The Gifted Talented Coordinator at  Williamsburg will work with teachers to differentiate in the classroom for those students who need extra challenge.
    • Math placements are based on the scores earned on the 5th grade end of the year assessment and 5th grade SOL, as well as information from 5th grade teachers.   6th graders can be placed in Math 6 (6th grade curriculum) or Math 7 for 6th graders (pre-Algebra curriculum)..
  6. I understand my student will be assigned to a team. How are those team assignments made?
    • We have four teams at Williamsburg. The teams are heterogeneous and randomly assigned. All  Math are available on each of the four teams.
  7. My child is in the FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program. How will my child continue the study of Spanish in 6th grade?
    • Students who have been in the FLES program may continue their study of Spanish by choosing one semester of Reading and one semester of Transitional Spanish. The two classes will meet during core time and students will still have an elective period.
    • Students in Spanish Immersion may also select the Reading/Transitional Spanish option. Other students may be considered for the program based on performance on a proficiency test.
  8. Is there Extended Day in middle school?
    • There is a program administered by the Extended Day office at the Ed Center called Check-In. Students in the program can “check in” with staff and then go to after school activities, work with a teacher or go to the Media Center until 3:30 when they return to Check-In. Check-In closes at 6:00 pm.
  9. What sports activities are available?
    • Students can participate in both interscholastic and intramural sports. A physical completed within a year is required to try out for an interscholastic sport. To participate, a student must have a physical completed after May 1 of the current year. The physical form is must be completed before the student participates.
    • Intramural sports do not require a physical to participate.
  10. What other after school activities are there?
    • There are many clubs and organizations that meet after school, everything from Model UN to art to an International Foods Club. Not all clubs meet every week so students should listen to announcements in the morning. After school activities are also posted on the WMS website.
  11. How do parents stay informed of after school activities and other school events?
    • The Williamsburg website is the best source for up to date information. On it you will see Upcoming Events and a link to calendars for the rest of the year. The morning announcements are also posted. There are shortcuts to teachers through email,  and links to Emergency Announcements, APS Talk .
  12. In elementary school we had Friday folders. How do I know how my child is doing?
    • Each team has its own procedures for keeping you informed on a weekly basis. There is also an electronic gradebook that parents can access at any time.
    • Teachers can be contacted via email or phone.
    • Just as in elementary school, we do two conferences a year, one in October and another in March. Team conferences can be scheduled at any time through the team leader or the counselor.
  13. What are the homework expectations in 6th grade?
    • We follow the county’s guidelines on homework, about 20 minutes per core class plus a half an hour of reading. Not every subject has homework every night.
  14. My child has an IEP. How are special education services delivered in middle school?
    • We offer a continuum of services for students with IEP’s. Students whose goals and accommodations/modifications can be met in a general education classroom receive support in the identified areas by special education staff which includes both teachers and classroom assistants. Students whose goals and accommodations/modifications are best met in smaller settings receive the same grade level curriculum taught by a highly qualified special education teacher. Depending on the size of the class, a classroom assistant may also be assigned to the class.
    • Williamsburg staff participates in transition IEP meetings at the elementary schools. Please direct questions about special education to Janae Rittenhouse, Director of Counseling Services at


Yorktown High School

2017-2018 Academic Planning and scheduling at Yorktown High School

Thursday JANUARY 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the YHS Cafeteria

  • Talk to teachers and counselors.
  • Learn about course selections for the next school year.
  • Listen to an AP panel discussion.
  • Check out graduation requirements.

This is a great opportunity to gather more information that will assist you in determining the most appropriate course selection for the 2015-2016 school year.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mark Rooks, Director of Counseling at Yorktown at or 703-228-5363.

Check out the academic plan worksheet that students filled out with their counselors – Academic Planning form

Washington-Lee High School


January 11, 2017 at 7 PM

Information for rising 9th and 10th grade applicants (W-L Pre-IB)

Application Process
Each student who wishes to participate in W-L’s Pre-IB program must submit a Pre-IB application.  The Pre-IB application, cumulative transcript, and APS pupil transfer application (transfer applicants only) are due to the W-L IB office by January 31, 2017.

  • Pre-IB application for rising 9th and 10th graders
  • APS Pupil Transfer Application
  • APS High School Information Sessions for transfer families: A parent must attend a high school information session at both the neighborhood school and desired school. The application must be signed by both principals.  The application is submitted to the desired school.

Prerequisites for W-L Pre-IB

  • Algebra I or higher in 8th grade or Geometry or higher in 9th grade
  • Spanish II, French II, Arabic II, Chinese II or Latin I in 8th grade OR Spanish III, French III, Arabic III, Chinese III or Latin II in 9th grade
  • A’s and B’s in English and History
  • A’s and B’s in all subjects
  • Short answer/essay questions

Selection Process

An admissions committee scores each student’s application using a rubric which incorporates the above mentioned prerequisites and the student’s short-answer/essay and ranks applicants according to score. Any student that scores an 11 or higher, out of a possible 15 points, is deemed qualified for acceptance. There is no cap for applicants whose home school is Washington-Lee. The school board will announce at High School Information Night the number of IB transfers that W-L will accept.  If the number of qualified transfers exceeds the number of available transfer positions, a random, double-blind lottery will be conducted by the Superintendent’s Office to determine which students are selected. The remaining students will be placed on a waiting list of alternates to be considered in the event that a student who is offered a position in the program chooses not to accept. As space becomes available, admission will be offered to students on the waiting list in the order established by the lottery. When a student on the waiting list is eligible to fill a vacancy in an existing class, the IB Coordinator will contact the family and invite them to enroll their child.


In addition to IB Spanish, French, and Latin, Washington-Lee will offer IB Arabic and Chinese B Standard Level in the Fall of SY 2014-2015.  The first students will take the IB exam in their senior year (spring 2015).  Please keep in mind that prospective students will still need four years of Arabic or Chinese prior to entering IB Arabic or Chinese in the junior year.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Applications are available online beginning mid to late September for 8th graders.  Please see their website admissions page  for more information.