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Course Selection for 9th Grade

All students received a Course Request Form (CRF) from their RA teacher. This is the form students will use to pick classes for next year. Completed CRFs are due to the RA teacher by February 16.

If students review their teacher recommendations and have questions, they may speak to their teachers. Students may select courses other than those they were recommended for if their family feels they should pursue something different. Please remember teacher took great consideration with their recommendations.

If students have questions about what classes to take, we encourage them to send a Canvas message to their counselor or come to Counseling. Students and families can refer to the Program of Studies for course descriptions. https://catalog.apsva.us/

Below are links to the videos and presentations from the high school counselors’ presentations on 2/1 and 2/2:



If students were accepted into the IB program, they may see their counselor for a W-L course request form. If students were accepted into Arlington Tech, they should turn in their original CRF and will receive a new one on 2/20 when the Tech counselors visit Swanson.

If a student is going to WL, they don’t need to complete applications for the Publications electives. If a student is going to Yorktown and want to sign up for any of the Publications electives, they will need to fill out an application. If a student selects Lit Mag, Newspaper, Broadcast, or Yearbook on their CRF for Yorktown, they must complete one of these applications by 2/16:

Literary Magazine


Broadcast Journalism


High School Academic Planning Session Dates for SY 23-24

Families have the opportunity to attend in-person academic planning nights at APS high schools to learn more about course offerings.


Washington-Liberty High School

Date: January 31, 7PM

Location: WL Auditorium


Yorktown High School

Date: January 17, 6:30PM

Location: YHS Auditorium

There will be a presentation in the auditorium and then families can proceed to the atrium from 7-8PM where teachers from multiple departments will be available for specific questions.

Link to presentation: https://yhs.apsva.us/counseling/presentations/

High School Information Session Dates for SY 2023-2024

APS provides students the opportunity to attend an option school or program as an alternative to attending their designated neighborhood school. This video provides information about high school option schools and programs and the process for applying. It also highlights important information about the transition to high school. Students interested in attending an option high school/program must submit an online application by January 12, 2024. Below are dates and times for upcoming school information sessions for students and families. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet staff, learn more about the schools, and ask questions:

School Session Dates
Arlington Tech Nov 14, 7pm Virtual (English and Spanish) Jan 9, 7pm Virtual (English) Links to virtual sessions to be posted on the Arlington Tech website Dec 13, 7pm In-person
H-B Woodlawn Dec 12, 7pm In-person
Wakefield Nov 13, 7pm In-person
Washington-Liberty Nov 30, 7pm In-person and virtual
Yorktown Dec 5, 7pm In-person

Please visit https://www.apsva.us/school-options/ for more information. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor or contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or schooloptions@apsva.us.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)

Find more information on the TJHSST admissions website.