School Profile

Photos from: Grimm – Parker Architects and Hess Construction

The Community

Arlington, Virginia is an urban/suburban, largely residential community located just west of Washington, D.C. It is a county which prides itself on the excellence of its schools. Arlington Public Schools receive strong support from parents, citizens and the county government. In addition, there is close cooperation between the school system and community businesses and services.

The School

Washington-Liberty is a public high school, grades 9-12. The school opened in September of 1924, and graduated its first class in 1925. Our highly diverse student population offers a broad world perspective and fosters an enriched learning environment. Washington-Liberty is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The Students

Student Population

Racial and Ethnic Diversity(Based on Federal Reporting Categories)

 9th Graders  691
 10th Graders  695
 11th Graders  620
 12th Graders  537
 Total  2,543
 American Indian/Alaska Native  0.20 %
 Asian  9.57 %
 Black/African American  8.28 %
 Hispanic  32.83 %
 Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander  0.00 %
 White  41.87 %
 Multiple races  7.40 %

School Administration

  • Mr. Antonio Hall, Principal
  • Dr. Betty Sanders, Asst. Principal
  • Ms. Timica Shivers, Asst. Principal
  • Mr. Paul Jamelske, Asst. Principal
  • Mrs. Maggie Hsu, Asst. Principal
  • Mrs. Jessica Gregory, Director of Counseling Services
  • Dr. Roger Baskin, Dean of Student
  • Mr. Justin Bolfek, Director of Student Activities
  • Mr. Kevin Healey, Asst. Director of Student Activities
  • Mrs. Julie Cantor, IB Coordinator


Students are loaned a MacBook upon joining our high school to use for educational purposes while the entire school is equipped with WiFi capabilities. Classrooms are also equipped with flat Panel TVs and Apple TV capabilities. The library, publications room, business education and technical education rooms all serve the purpose of fostering a positive learning environment. W-L has a student-operated broadcasting studio which is used to produce the morning announcements to all classrooms on our closed circuit television channel. The announcements run continuously during the day on monitors in the cafeteria, hallway and main office. A technologically advanced distance-learning classroom in our school allows classes to be offered live at the school and broadcast on cable TV to students in other schools and to individuals watching from their homes.

Special Programs

Washington-Liberty High School provides many unique learning opportunities for the varied needs of its students. Among them are the International Baccalaureate Programme, gifted services programs, Independent Study, Special Education, and High Intensity Language Training. The Arlington Career Center provides CTE and vocational education and training in many career fields and upper level technology and medical related courses. Many of these courses lead to certification in specialty areas.

Counseling Services and Career Personnel

  • Ms. Theresa Gentile, Counselor
  • Ms. Bridgette Wanzer – McCoy, Counselor
  • Ms. Atiya Rehman, Counselor
  • Mrs. Nichole McCullough, Counselor
  • Mr. Ronald Valdez, EL Resource Counselor
  • Ms. Irma Medrano, EL Resource Counselor
  • Ms. Jessica Osher, Counselor
  • Mrs. Laura Smithgall, Counselor
  • Ms. Zarin Kapadia, Counselor
  • Mr. Dewey Cashwell, Counselor
  • Ms. Megan Grasso, Counselor
  • Ms. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Palmer, Counselor
  • Mr. Alain Poutre, Counselor
  • Mrs. Meaghan Traverse, Counselor
  • Ms. Alexandra Ostrander, Intervention Counselor
  • Ms. Brittnee Stephens, Social Worker
  • Ms. Colleen Greenwood, Social Worker
  • Mrs. Maria Luisa Ceballos, Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Ms. Elysse Catino, Career Education Specialist
  • Mr. James Sample, Equity & Excellence Coordinator
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Burgos, Advanced Academics Coach
  • Dr. Rica Weiner, School Psychologist
  • Ms. Lori Ockerman, School Psychologist

Diploma Requirements

Standard Diploma – 22 credits

English 4
World History 1
VA-US History 1
VA-US Government 1
Health and Physical Education 2
Mathematics (must include Alg. I and above) 3
Lab Science 3
Economica / Personal Finance 1
Electives 6

Advanced Studies Diploma – 26 credits

English 4
World History 1
VA-US History 1
VA-US Government 1
Additional Social Studies 1
Health and Physical Education 2
Mathematics(must include Alg I and Alg. II) 4
Lab Science 4
Foreign Language(3 years of one or 2 years each of two) 3
Fine / Practical Arts 1
Electives 4

Advanced Course Offerings

IB Course Offerings

Group 1: Language A

  • English A Lit HL
  • English A Lang & Lit SL
  • Spanish A Lang & Lit HL

Group 2: Language B

  • Arabic AB SL  (AB Initio)
  • French B HL, SL
  • French AB SL (Ab initio)
  • Latin HL, SL
  • Mandarin B HL, SL
  • Mandarin AB SL (Ab initio)
  • Spanish B HL, SL
  • Spanish AB SL (Ab initio)

Group 3: Individual & Soc.

  • Business & Mgt. SL
  • Economics SL
  • Geography SL
  • History HL
  • Philosophy SL
  • Psychology SL, HL
  • Social Anthropology SL, HL

Group 4: Exper. Sciences

  • Biology SL, HL
  • Chemistry HL
  • Computer Science HL
  • Design Technology SL
  • Environmental Systems SL
  • Sports, Exercise & Health Sci SL
  • Physics SL

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Math A&A HL, SL
  • Math A&I SL

Group 6: Arts

  • Film SL, HL
  • Theater HL, SL
  • Visual Arts HL, SL

The Core

  • Theory of Knowledge

AP Course Offerings

  • African American Studies
  • Art History
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • AB Calculus
  • BC Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Principles
  • English 11 Language
  • English 12 Literature
  • European History
  • French Lang.
  • German Lang.
  • Human Geo.
  • Music Theory
  • Physics I
  • Physics (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Physics C Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US Government
  • US History
  • World History

Dual Enrollment Offerings

  • Advanced Topics in Information Technology
  • Digital Photography III
  • Geospatial Systems
  • Linear Algebra (Math 285)
  • Math 151/152
  • Teachers for Tomorrow
  • Vector Calculus (Math 277)