Secondary Option Schools and Programs Application

The deadline to apply for a secondary option school or program is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at 4 p.m. Families are currently able to submit an application online through the online application portal.After the application period closes, if the number of applications exceeds the available seats for any of the option schools or programs, APS will conduct an automated lottery to determine admission. If families apply to more than one option school or program, their application will go into all lotteries simultaneously.As a reminder, families currently on waitlists will need to apply for the option schools or programs they are interested in every year to be included in the lottery because waitlists reset annually after the lottery occurs.The following is the secondary option schools and programs application process timeline:

  • Jan. 15, 2021: The application for all secondary option school and programs closes.
  • Jan. 29, 2021: Lotteries for all secondary option schools and programs will be held online.
  • Feb. 8, 2021: Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlists for all secondary option schools and programs.
  • Feb. 22, 2021: Families must confirm or decline attendance to a secondary option school or program through their SchoolMint account.

The lotteries for secondary option schools and programs will be conducted online since APS offices are closed to the public. The automated lotteries will take place on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. Families will not receive lottery results on the day of the lottery, but will be notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist by email and/or text message on Feb. 8, 2021.For additional information or questions, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us.