School Aged Dependent Information


If you opt-in to the housing referral program, your lodging will be in Arlington County, Virginia.  In the U.S., public schools are run by the county that you live in, so your child will attend Arlington County Public Schools.   

  • Arlington County schools saves a complete school calendar here:
  • Your child must be your natural child or your legally adopted child (proof of adoption required).  Nieces, nephews and other extended family cannot be enrolled. 
  • NDU students, and as such, your dependents, are not eligible for free or reduced lunch programs offered by Arlington County.
  • Arlington Public Schools provide transportation to and from school for enrolled students living beyond a one-mile walking distance from elementary schools and a one and one-half mile walking distance from middle and high schools.



Students must be of age to attend school.

  • Elementary schools – kindergarten through 5th grade (ages 5-10)
    • In order to enroll in kindergarten, a child must be age 5 by September 30. This is Virginia law – Arlington County cannot grant any exceptions.
  • Middle school – 6th through 8th grade (ages 11-13)
  • High school – 9th through 12th grade (ages 14-18)
  • College or University (ages 18+)



Dependent children age 21 and older must be enrolled full time in an institute of higher learning in order to be listed as authorized dependents on your ITO.


Families of dependents 21 or older are recommended to look into attending community college during their time in the United States. Community college in the United States is a postsecondary educational institution. You will be living in Arlington, VA during your year here. Many of our officers have their college-aged children attend Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), which would be metro accessible from your apartment and a much more affordable option than universities in the area, such as George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown, or American University. You can go to this website for more information about NVCC:


The deadlines for registering dependents for public pre-school have passed. As a result, International Fellows with dependents under the age of 6 will need to decide between attempting to secure private pre-schooling (notably expensive) or providing childcare (either through a licensed provider or putting the child under another dependent’s care).

  • In Virginia, school is not guaranteed by the state until age 6.  If your child is younger than 6, they will have to enroll in a private pre-school program (paid for by you).  



As a result of the global pandemic, all registration for schooling is now online. You can begin the process here:

For a list of documents you need ready when you begin the registration process, please click here


High school sports start in early August.


On a final note regarding your dependents, please do not purchase a round trip ticket for your dependents if your travel is USG-funded. Wait to purchase their return flight until you have your own reservation secured.

As always, do not hesitate to contact ISMO if you have any questions regarding the above information.