Application Information

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

Application Process for the 2018 – 2019 School Year

If Washington-Lee is your neighborhood school, you do not need to submit a Pre-IB application. All 9th and 10th graders at Washington-Lee are considered Pre-IB students.

Transfer students interested in participating in the W-L Pre-IB Program must electronically submit the following (paper copies may be submitted to the APS Welcome Center) by January 19, 2018 at 4pm:

Please see below for a list of necessary pre-requisites, information on the selection process, and expectations for course of studies for all pre-IB students at Washington-Lee.


All components must be received by January 19, 2018 at 4pm to be considered.

  1. APS School Options Application (link will become available 11/6/17)
  2. Cumulative transcript (must include 6th, 7th, and 1st quarter of 8th grade). Upload in School Options Application.
  3. Short essay to be completed by student (200 words or less). PROMPT:  “What do you see as the greatest challenge(s) of high school?  How do you expect to meet this challenge?”
  4. Signature acknowledgement page:  student and parent

Transfer applicants are also encouraged to attend a High School Information Session and IB Information Night.


ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 25-2.2 Enrollment and Transfers for Schools and Programs Approved – October 8, 2015 Effective – October 8, 2015

Students who receive an IB transfer must enroll in the Pre IB/AP Government course in Grade 10 and enroll and complete three or more IB courses in both Grade 11 and in Grade 12 or apply for and receive a transfer to remain at Washington-Lee. Students not meeting these requirements will move to their home school for their high school education. (pp. 12-13)

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 is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2017.  The program 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, 2018


 Nov. 14 and Dec. 11


H-B Woodlawn

Jan. 9, 2018


Dec. 11, 2017



Jan. 9, 2018


Dec. 11, 2017

7pm (Immersion & AP Network)


Jan. 9, 2018


Dec. 5, 2017

7pm  (IB Information Night)


Jan. 9, 2018


Nov. 29, 2017


Link to the IB Information Night presentation..

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, Arabic 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 caps the number of program transfers (Pre-IB and IB Diploma) each year.  Number of transfers for the 2018-2019 school year will be announced by School Board in the November of 2017 based on November enrollment projections. 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 family will be contacted and invited to enroll their child. Individual applicants will be notified in writing in February, 2018.

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, Arabic or Latin III Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic 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 19, 2018.

  • IB Application for Rising 11th Grade W-L Students SY 17-18
  • IB Application for Rising 11th Grade Non-W-L/Non-APS Students SY 17-18
  • APS School Options Application SY 17-18
  • Five teacher recommendations for Non-W-L applicants [English, history, math, science, foreign language]

Prerequisites for the IB Diploma Program

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

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, Arabic or Latin Group 2: IB Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic 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.