Middle School Transition

Every year, the Abingdon Counseling Team, along with the Abingdon 5th Grade Teachers, work to provide 5th grade students and families with resources, information, and lessons around student’s upcoming transition to middle school!  This is an exciting time for families but can also be a new experience for many.  We hope to provide as much information as we can to answer all questions and ease any anxieties about the transition.  These lessons typically take place in the Winter (January/February).  If you have any questions, please reach out to your 5th grade teacher or Ms. Mullinax, school counselor.

Where to start?

If you’re not sure which middle school your child is slated to attend, make sure to check with the Arlington County Boundary Locator.

Typically, Abingdon students are split up between the following schools: Gunston Middle School, Kenmore Middle School, and Jefferson Middle School – with a few students being accepted, by lottery, to HB Woodlawn Secondary Program.  If you are interested in exploring other options for your child, visit APS Middle School Options & Transfers page for more information – including an overview of countywide schools and programs, how to apply, and dates for school information sessions.

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Gunston Middle School Kenmore Middle School Jefferson Middle School

Other Resources

Questions about Middle School Math placement?

Questions or concerns?

Feel free to reach out to Abingdon School Counselors, Sarah Mullinax or Renee Edwards, with any questions or concerns.

APS School Talk – 11/3/2020

Arlington Public Schools is now accepting applications for secondary option schools and programs until Friday, January 15, 2021, at 4 p.m. The process for applying to secondary option schools and programs is available on the school options webpage.All families 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. Families interested in applying to a secondary option school or program should complete an application through the online application portal.The following is the option schools and programs application process timeline:

  • January 15, 2021: The Secondary Options application closes.
  • January 29, 2021: Lotteries for all secondary options and transfers applications will be held virtually. Links will be shared with families shortly before the lotteries.
  • February 8, 2021: Families will be notified of their acceptance or placement on a waitlist.
  • February 22, 2021: Families must confirm or decline attendance to a school or program.

The availability of secondary neighborhood transfers will be announced to families on Feb. 11, 2021. If there is availability for neighborhood transfers, families will be able to apply for a neighborhood transfer to another neighborhood secondary school between Feb. 22, 2021 – March 15, 2021.For additional information or questions about secondary option schools and programs, please contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 or schooloptions@apsva.us.