Application Information

Information for rising 9th and 10th grade transfer applicants
(Pre-IB Transfers)

Application Process for the 2017-2018 School Year

All 9th and 10th graders at Washington-Lee are considered Pre-IB students.  Therefore, if Washington-Lee is your neighborhood school, you do not need to submit a Pre-IB application.  Transfer students interested in participating in the W-L Pre-IB Program must submit a Pre-IB application, cumulative transcript, and APS pupil transfer application to the W-L IB office by January 31,2017. Transfer applicants are also encouraged to attend a High School Information Session and IB Information Night.

High School Information Sessions and IB Information Night

All Arlington high schools schedule school information sessions to provide parents an opportunity to visit the schools, meet the principals, tour the buildings, and get a general sense of the personalities of each of the schools. All parents/guardians of rising high school students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions; no RSVP required. High School Information Night, scheduled for Monday, December 12, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. at Washington-Lee HS, will offer an opportunity to attend two (2) individual school presentations that night. Additional information sessions are listed below.

 Daytime Sessions Evening Sessions
Arlington Tech Jan. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.
H-B Woodlawn Jan. 9, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Wakefield Jan. 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. Dec. 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. (Immersion Information Night)Jan. 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. (AP Network Information Night)
Washington-Lee Jan. 9, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. (IB Information Night)
Yorktown Jan. 9, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Prerequisites for W-L Pre-IB

  • A’s and B’s in all subjects
  • Algebra I or greater in 8th grade or Geometry or greater in 9th grade
  • Spanish II, French II, Chinese II or Latin II in 8th grade OR Spanish III, French III, Chinese III or Latin III in 9th grade
  • Short answer/essay question

Selection Process

An admissions committee scores each student’s application using a rubric which incorporates the above- mentioned prerequisites and the student’s short-answer question.  Applicants are then ranked according to their score.  Any student that scores an 11 or higher, out of a possible 15 points, is deemed qualified for acceptance.  If the applicant is a rising 9th grader, the admissions committee will only review final grades for 6th and 7th, and first quarter grades for 8th grade.  Rising 10th grade applicants will have their final grades reviewed for 6th through 9th, plus first quarter grades for 10th grade.

The School Board has capped the number of program transfers (Pre-IB and IB Diploma) at 64 for the 2017-2018 school year.  If the number of qualified transfers exceeds the number of available transfer positions, a random, double-blind lottery will be conducted by the Superintendent’s Office to determine which students are selected.  The remaining students will be placed on a waiting list of alternates to be considered in the event that a student who is offered a position in the program chooses not to accept.  As space becomes available, admission will be offered to students on the waiting list in the order established by the lottery. When a student on the waiting list is eligible to fill a vacancy in an existing class, the IB Coordinator will contact the family and invite them to enroll their child. Individual applicants will be notified in writing by February 10, 2017.

W-L Pre-IB Course of Studies

To participate in W-L’s Pre-IB Program, students must be enrolled in various core academic courses in grades 9 and 10.

Grade 9 Grade 10
English: Intensified English 9 English: Intensified English 10
Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Chinese or Latin III Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Chinese or Latin IV
History: Intensified History or AP World History History: AP Government for Sophomores*
Science: Intensified Biology Science: Intensified Chemistry
Math: Intensified Geometry or Algebra II Math: Intensified Algebra II
P.E./Health I P.E./Health II
Elective Elective
Generals Period Generals Period
*All transfers must take AP Government for Sophomores and a minimum of three IB courses junior and senior year.  Please note that Intensified courses are strongly encouraged.

Information for rising 11th grade applicants (IB Diploma Program)

Application Process for the 2017-2018 School Year

Each student who wishes to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program must submit an IB application.  Transfer applicants must also complete an APS pupil transfer application and submit five teacher recommendations. The application deadline for all students is January 31, 2017.

Prerequisites for the IB Diploma Program

  • Algebra II or greater in 10th grade
  • Spanish, French, Chinese or Latin IV in 10th grade
  • A’s and B’s in all subjects (7th-10th grade)

Selection Process

An admissions committee scores each student’s application using a rubric which incorporates the above- mentioned prerequisites.  Applicants are then ranked according to their score.  Any student that scores an 11 or higher, out of a possible 15 points, is deemed qualified for acceptance.  The School Board has capped the number of program transfers (Pre-IB and IB Diploma) at 64 for the 2017-2018 school year. If the number of qualified transfers exceeds the number of available transfer positions, a random, double-blind lottery will be conducted by the Superintendent’s Office to determine which students are selected.  The remaining students will be placed on a waiting list of alternates to be considered in the event that a student who is offered a position in the program chooses not to accept.  As space becomes available, admission will be offered to students on the waiting list in the order established by the lottery.  When a student on the waiting list is eligible to fill a vacancy in an existing class, the IB Coordinator will contact the family and invite them to enroll their child.  Individual applicants will be notified in writing by February 10, 2017.

International Baccalaureate Course of Studies

Grade 11 Grade 12
Group 1: IB English Literature, IB Spanish Language and Literature FS Group 1: IB English Literature, IB Spanish Language and Literature FS
Group 2: IB Spanish, French, Chinese or Latin Group 2: IB Spanish, French, Chinese or Latin
Group 3: IB History of the Americas, AP US History or other group 3 elective Group 3: IB Topics in 20th Century World History or group 3 elective
Group 4: IB Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Sports Exercise and Health Science, Computer Science or Environmental Systems (block) Group 4: IB Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Sports, Exercise and Health Science or Computer Science
Group 5: IB Math Studies or Mathematics (Precalculus) Group 5: IB Mathematics (Calculus)
Group 6: IB Film, Visual Arts, Theater Arts or Music* Group 6: IB Film, Visual Arts, Theater Arts or Music*
Elective/Generals Period/TOK Elective/Generals Period/TOK
Notes: * or additional group 2-4 elective. Full IB diploma students must take one subject from each subject group.  A student may earn a bilingual diploma by taking two group 1 subjects.  Students may take up to two exams at the end of their junior year. Specific schedules in grades 11 and 12 will reflect each student’s personal options.

Disclaimer: Washington-Lee Pre-IB is not affiliated or endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.