Arlington Quick Facts
Welcome to Arlington!
Arlington Public Schools serves citizens of Arlington, Virginia’s geographically smallest county, and educates one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated student populations—students come from 127 countries and speak 105 different languages. Arlington operates more than thirty schools and programs, and the schools serve students with a range of programs designed to meet individual student needs. The schools offer a wide variety of individualized education programs for all students—from the gifted to students with severe disabilities.
Arlington’s programs 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 county-wide alternative schools offering education choice, and a career center providing advanced vocational and technical training. Academic standards are high in Arlington Schools with students consistently scoring well above state and national averages on standardized tests, include the SAT.
For the 2022 school year, there are nineteen private schools serving over 3,500 students in Arlington County. The best top ranked schools include Saint Ann Catholic School, St. Charles School, and Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School. The average acceptance rate is 85%, which is higher than the Virginia private school average acceptance rate of 83%. Forty-two percent (42%) of private schools in Arlington are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Lutheran).
Living in Arlington
Arlington is a bustling suburb of Washington, D.C. with so much to do. Many attractions are very low or no cost. It is rich in history and home to many treasured national memorials and the burial grounds of honorable patriotic icons. The most famous attraction is the Tomb of the Unknowns, located at Arlington National Cemetery, honoring our lost service members. The Pentagon, Air Force and Marines Memorials are also located within Arlington, as well as Reagan National Airport. In academia, the county is home to Marymount University, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, as well as satellite campuses of the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The county will soon house Amazon HQ2, the co-headquarters of Amazon.
Aside from all the national memorials, there is all kinds of shopping, restaurants, and theaters to enjoy. Arlington is an attractive place for not only families, but for professionals, due to the areas draw of prestigious universities, government and defense contractors, political presence and many prominent law firms. There is a suburban feel but is fast-paced due to everything going on in and around Arlington. A few top-rated neighborhoods in Arlington include Arlington-East Falls, Ballston-Virginia Square, and Lyon Park.