Application Information

Washington-Liberty High School Pre-IB Transfers

Application Process – rising 9th & 10th grade students

  • If Washington-Liberty is your neighborhood school, you do not need to submit a W-L Pre-IB application. All 9th and 10th graders at Washington-Liberty are considered W-L Pre-IB students.
  • Students outside the W-L neighborhood boundary zone students interested in participating in the W-L Pre-IB Program must electronically submit a school options application components.  The deadline is generally mid-January.  Please click on this link for the specific deadline this year.   You will need to create a family profile in order to start process.  Assistance with this process is available through the APS Welcome Center (703-228-8000).
  • Please see below for a list of necessary pre-requisites, information on the selection process, and expectations for course of studies for all W-L pre-IB students at Washington-Liberty.
  • Students and families who are interested in accessing the W-L Pre-IB and full IB Diploma Program are also encouraged to attend High School Information Night or IB Information Night (See dates below)

GENERAL SCHOOL OPTIONS INFORMATION can be found on the APS School Options and Transfers page.


All components must be received by the deadline identified on the APS School Options webpage.

  1. APS School Options Application Process – In order to complete the school options application, families will need to create an account. For assistance on creating an account, visit the school options website (
  2. Link for APS School Options Application (through School Mint portal)
  3. Cumulative transcript
    • Required for any student who attended school outside APS during any portion of 6th to the current grade.
    • Current 8th graders: Must include 6th, 7th, and 1st quarter of 8th grade
    • Current 9th graders: Must include 6th, 7th, 8th, and 1st quarter of 9th
    • Current 10th graders: Must include 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, & 1st quarter of 10th
  4. Short essay to be completed by student:
    • PROMPT: “What I think it means to be an International Baccalaureate student.”
    • 250 words or less
  5. Signature acknowledgement page:  student and parent

APS Policy and PIP’s regarding Options and Transfers

Policy J-5.3.31 Options and Transfers

Policy Implementation Procedure J-5.3.31 PIP-1 “Students who are admitted to an option school or program must: 1. enroll in the required option program’s courses, 2. meet the option program’s requirements, or 3. return to their neighborhood school. If they are interested in staying at the school while not enrolled in the option program, they can follow the procedures for applying for a neighborhood transfer to continue enrollment at the school, outside of the program.”

Participation requirements for the IB program are delineated below.  They include enrollment in intensified core classes in 9th & 10th grades, the W-L Pre IB/AP Government course in Grade 10, and enrollment and completion of  three or more IB courses in both Grade 11 and in Grade 12.  Students not fulfilling this minimum participation will return to their home school.

APS High School Information Night, High School Information Sessions, and IB Information Night

APS sponsors High School Information Night each October.  This session includes a general overview of the high school options in APS as well as the process for transferring.  The general session is followed by breakout sessions from each high school program.  Participants can attend up to two breakout sessions.  In addition, all Arlington high schools schedule information sessions to provide parents an opportunity to visit the schools, meet the principals, 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 session (no RSVP required).

APS High School Information Night

  • Washington-Liberty High School

High School Information Sessions

School Session Date Session Link

Arlington Tech


  Arlington Tech Session #1 Link
  Arlington Tech Session #2 Link

H-B Woodlawn


  H-B Woodlawn Session Link



  Wakefield Immersion Program Session Link
  Wakefield AP Network Session Link



  Washington-Liberty Session Link



  Yorktown Session Link

*Information session dates subject to change

W-L Pre-IB Program Information – 9th & 10th grade

Prerequisites for W-L Pre-IB

  • Strong grades (A’s and B’s) in all subjects
    • End of year grades– middle school (& high school if applicable)
    • 1st quarter grades – current year
  • World Language –
    • Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, French, Latin, or Spanish
    • Grade 8 – Level 2
    • Grade 9 – Level 3
    • Grade 10 – Level 4
  • Mathematics
    • Grade 8 – Algebra I or greater
    • Grade 9 – Geometry or greater
    • Grade 10 – Algebra II or greater
  • 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 13 or higher, out of a possible 18 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 8th, plus first quarter grades for 9th grade.

The School Board caps the number of program transfers (W-L Pre-IB and IB Diploma Program) each year.  Number of transfers for the each school year is announced by School Board in November.  This number is 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.

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
World Language: Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic or Latin III World Language: Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic or Latin IV
History: Intensified World History or AP World History History: AP Government for Sophomores*
Science: Intensified Biology Science: Intensified Chemistry
Math: Intensified Geometry or Intensified 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.

W-L IB Program Information – beginning in 11th grade

Process for the rising 11th graders

Each student who wishes to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program must complete the following:

  • Current WL students- rising 11th grade
    • Declaration of Interest form- due January 15, 2021
    • Meet with IB coordinator
  •  Note:  Students attending W-L on an IB transfer, must maintain at least three IB courses both junior and senior years.

Prerequisites for the IB Diploma Program

  • Algebra II (preferably intensified) or greater in 10th grade.  Less than Intensified Algebra II will greatly limit potential IB Diploma Program scheduling options.
  • 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 English Language and Literature, IB Spanish Language and Literature FS Group 1: IB English Literature, IB English Language and Literature, IB Spanish Language and Literature FS
Group 2: IB Spanish, IB French, IB Chinese/Mandarin, IB Arabic or IB Latin Group 2: IB Spanish, IB French, IB Chinese/Mandarin, IB Arabic or IB 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; IB Chemistry; IB Biology; IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science; IB Computer Science; or IB Environmental Systems (block) Group 4: IB Physics; IB Chemistry; IB Biology; IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science; IB Computer Science; or IB Environmental Systems (block)
Group 5: IB Math: Applications & Interpretation or IB Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches (Precalculus) Group 5: IB Math: Applications & Interpretation or IB Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches (Calculus)
Group 6**: IB Film, IB Visual Arts, IB Theater Arts or IB Music Group 6**: IB Film, IB Visual Arts, IB Theater Arts or IB Music
Elective/Generals Period/TOK Elective/Generals Period/TOK

* APUSH is not an IB course but will fulfill the Virginia Diploma requirement for USVA history.  Students opting for APUSH will need to also include a Group 3 course in their plan.

** A student’s 6th IB course can be chosen from Group 6: The Arts or can include an additional IB course chosen from groups 2-4.


  • 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-Liberty Pre-IB is not affiliated or endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.