The Arlington Public Schools serves the citizens of Arlington, Virginia's geographically smallest county, located across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia. We educate one of the nation's most diverse and sophisticated student populations - our 18,500 students come from around the world and speak 70 different languages.
We operate more than 30 schools and programs. We serve our students with a range of programs designed to meet individual student needs. Several of our programs are unique to Northern Virginia. These include one of the nation's most advanced electronic classroom installations, a Spanish-English partial immersion program at all grade levels, an International Baccalaureate Program, three countywide alternative schools offering education choice, and a Career Center providing advanced vocational and technical training.
The Arlington School Board believes that the continuation of our democracy is dependent upon an educated and informed citizenry. The Board also believes that the schools should maximize the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens.
The goal of the Arlington Public Schools is to teach all students a broad body of knowledge, effective communication skills, a rational system of thought, and use of their individual creativity. The education process in the Arlington Public Schools involves the cultivation of an inquiring mind, respect for learning, ethical behavior, an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, an appreciation of our national culture as well as other cultures and the concept that each individual has merit.
Academic standards are high in the Arlington Schools. Students consistently score well above state and national averages on standardized tests, including the SAT, which is taken by 82 percent of Arlington high school seniors as compared to 43 percent nationally. The Arlington average for combined verbal and math SAT scores in 1997-1998 was 1,048. The average for the State of Virginia was 1,006 and the national average was 1,017. Each year a notable number of students are named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The high school graduation rate is 93 percent. Last year, 88 percent of graduates went on to post secondary education.
Arlington offers a wide variety of individualized education programs for all students, from the gifted to students with severe disabilities. Computers are used as teaching tools and information sources, and schools are beginning to be linked to the Internet through a range of resources, including the Global Schoolhouse project.
Arlington is located close to the nation's capital with its vast variety of cultural offerings. It is a county in which 52 percent of residents are college graduates and 24 percent hold advanced degrees.
Arlington County Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 35
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