Arlington Public Schools
UTILIZATION AND OCCUPANCY ANALYSIS
Maintaining educational quality and meeting capacity for a growing student population
Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a diverse and dynamic school division across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. As one of Virginia’s 132 school divisions, APS operates the 13th largest (in terms of student population) but is physically among the smallest. Over the past decade, APS has experienced substantial student population growth, requiring construction of three new high schools and using all of the districtʻs developable land. In anticipation of future growth, MKThink conducted a quantitative analysis of all the high schools and middle schools to assess scope and utilization and identify opportunities to grow capacity without building new campuses. Informed by facilities and programming data, MKThink developed strategies to address future growth and support decision-making regarding utilization improvements and alterations to the district’s real estate portfolio.