APS News Release

APS to Host Second Annual Dream, Explore, Create Your Path Event

Arlington Public Schools will host its second annual Dream, Explore, Create Your Path from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sat, April 1 at Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie St.). All APS students and their families are invited to explore students’ individual paths, plan for their future, and connect with career professionals.

Thank you for your interest in Dream, Explore, Create Your Own Path. Pre-registration for the event and complimentary lunch selection has now closed. However, we do hope you will join us! Walk-in registration will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Sat, April 1 at Wakefield High School.


Students and Families Will:

  • Participate in fun career exploration activities in the arts, audio/visual technology, education and training, and health sciences
  • Explore personal interests and create academic/career goals
  • Meet professionals with common interests and learn how to prepare students for a successful future

Check Out Our Exciting Program for the Day: 

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.  Registration/Refreshments/Resource Fair: Town Hall
9:45 – 10 a.m. Opening and Welcome: Town HallErik Howard, Senior, Wakefield High School and Dr. Patrick Murphy, Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools (APS)
10 – 10:20 a.m. Hip Hop Grooves – Interactive Dance: Town Hall Avril Hernandez, Perfect Pointe Dance Studio
10:30-11:00 a.m. Career Exploration Activities: Cafeteria
Career Clusters Arts, AV/Technology Education and Training Health Sciences Whole Child
11:10-11:40 a.m.  Breakout Session 1 Jane Franklin Dance presents Dance Explorers Personal Fitness Careers Fire Department and Emergency Medical Careers Career Coaching Your Child

11:50-12:20 p.m 

Breakout Session 2

Creators Create! Using iMovie to share stories & create memories. Passport to Careers in Education Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care College and Career Preparation in APS
12:30 – 1 p.m. Lunch: Cafeteria

1 – 1:40 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Theatre Passport to Careers in  Education Pharmacy Careers Career Coaching Your Child
1:50 – 2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Musical Performance/Raffle:  Town Hall Fatima Mouslik, 6th Grader, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Dr. Patrick Murphy, Superintendent, APS

Why Should You Attend? Here are the Top 10 Reasons!

#10. The military Woodwind Quintet is performing!

#9. There will be a raffle for four prime seats at an upcoming DC United game.

#8. All participants will receive a free, delicious lunch, coffee and cookies.

#7. Our superior counseling and teaching staff will be on hand to talk about career planning.

#6. Students and families will actively engage in learning about the APS college and career readiness program to prepare for life after high school.

#5. You’ll learn about “a day in the life” of individuals who found careers in the arts, technology and communication, education and training, and health science.

#4. You’ll learn all about career-coaching for your student!

#3. There will be support for families of English language learners

#2. The Superintendent will be on hand throughout the day!

#1. Support the APS Whole Child efforts!

Feed a Friend/Feed a Family:
Families are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

Visit the event webpage for the details!

Please contact the Office of Student Services at 703-228-6062 for any questions or for additional information.