Arlington Public Schools

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Arlington Public Schools
1426 N Quincy St


TypePublic, school division
School boardNancy Van Doren, Chairman
Barbara Kanninen, Vice Chairman
Monique O’Grady, Reid Goldstein, Tannia Talento
School districtArlington County
SuperintendentDr. Patrick Murphy
Enrollment25,768 (2015)

Arlington Public Schools is a public school division in Arlington County, Virginia. In 2015, Pre-K-12 student enrollment was 25,678 students, with students coming from more than 120 countries.[1] There were 2,166 teachers.[2]

Forbes magazine named the Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA area as the top place in the nation to educate one's child in 2007.[3]

In fiscal year 2009, Arlington transferred $350.1 million to the public school system. Less than 20% of school funding comes from sources outside Arlington.[4] In fiscal year 2016, close to $557.5 million was budgeted.


Hoffman-Boston was started in 1916 as a segregated black school. Schools started to be integrated in 1959. To avoid conflict, this was normally done at the younger grade levels first. Hoffman-Boston was integrated and is still in use today. It was the first public secondary school to be integrated in Virginia.[5]

Elementary schools[edit]

Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia
  • Abingdon Elementary School
  • Arlington Science Focus Elementary School
  • Arlington Traditional School
  • Ashlawn Elementary School
  • Barcroft Elementary School
  • Barrett Elementary School
  • Campbell Elementary School
  • Carlin Springs Elementary School
  • Claremont Immersion Elementary School
  • Drew Model School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Glebe Elementary School
  • Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
  • Jamestown Elementary School
  • Key Immersion Elementary School
  • Long Branch Elementary School
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Nottingham Elementary School
  • Oakridge Elementary School
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School
  • Randolph Elementary School
  • Taylor Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

There is also a proposed new high school. Arlington County School Board member James Lander is leaning toward the Arlington Education Center site, adjacent to Washington-Lee High School. His Democratic challengers in the 2017 election have declined to state a preferred location.[6]

Alternative programs[edit]

Former schools[edit]


In 2009, the student body was 48% white, 26% Latino, 13% black and 11% Asian.[2]

Special facilities[edit]

David M. Brown Planetarium

The David M. Brown Planetarium is operated by Arlington Schools Planetarium for both Arlington school field trips and public multimedia programs. It offers shows for the general public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the school year.[8] The planetarium is named for astronaut David M. Brown, a graduate of Arlington's Yorktown High School who was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

The Arlington Outdoor Lab is a 225-acre outdoor facility operated by Arlington Schools and located in Fauquier County.[9] In addition to a large classroom building, the lab facility has a pond, streams, small mountains, and forested areas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "If you have questions about Arlington, we have answers". Arlington, Virginia: Arlington Sun Gazette. 23 September 2010. p. 25.
  2. ^ a b McCaffrey, Scott (16 September 2010). "Despite efforts, white teachers are still majority of new hires". Arlington, Virginia: Arlington Sun Gazette. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Where to Educate Your Children". Forbes. 12 December 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  4. ^ Arlington Budget
  5. ^ McCaffrey, Scott (23 September 2010). "97-year-old former principal takes center stage at reunion". Arlington, Virginia: Arlington Sun Gazette. p. 3.
  6. ^ McCaffrey, Scott (Apr 6, 2017). "Challengers tight-lipped on preferred Arlington high-school location".
  7. ^ Other Contributing Buildings, Fairlington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
  8. ^ "David M. Brown Planetarium FAQs". Arlington County Public Schools. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  9. ^ "About the Outdoor Lab and AOEA". Retrieved 22 October 2016.

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