Military Families

Arlington Public Schools is proud to serve students and families representing every branch of our nation’s military. We are committed to ensuring that our educators and other faculty and staff are informed of the military-connected students in their school and that they understand the unique considerations offered to military students and families. While military-connected families will learn much about APS through this webpage and the links provided, it is important that families also visit their school’s website to find specific information and guidance.


APS celebrated national Purple Up for Military Kids Day on April 19, 2023.

Wear purple to celebrate military kids! Purple references the joint environment of the military, encompassing all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans. Purple combines each branch’s colors into one: the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all use shades of blue, the Army uses green, and the Marines use red.


APS Purple Star Schools

purple star symbolThe Virginia Purple Star Designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. These schools have completed all the required activities and have been reviewed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Military Student Support Process Action Team, formed by the Virginia Department of Education. Final approval was made by members of the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The following schools were awarded the Purple Star Designation in 2022:

The purpose of this webpage is to provide military-connected families with information and resources regarding:

Please also search your student’s school website for additional details and updates (Use the “Our Schools” drop-down at the top of the page to select a school site).