Institute for the Arts (IFTA)

IFTA is still accepting student registrations. For information email Student packets with schedules will be mailed 7-10 days before the program start.

The Program:

The Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a 4-week summer enrichment program for students interested in the performing and visual arts.  Students are scheduled into four 70-minute classes that they select from over 80 course offerings.  Many of these classes are unique to IFTA and are not available to students during the regular school year.  Classes are taught in a friendly and fun environment where students are encouraged to be themselves and pursue their artistic talents.

Students are graded (pass/fail) in each of their courses based on participation and in-class assignments.  FCPS students who successfully complete the 4-week program with no more than two absences will have it noted on their transcript. Those students entering 9th-12th grade will also earn ½ an elective credit. (This ½ credit does not count towards the fine or practical arts graduation requirement.)  

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IFTA 2016
Dates & Student Hours:

July 11- August 4, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (M-F)


Lake Braddock Secondary School
9200 Burke Lake Road
Burke, VA 22015


Bus transportation for FCPS and non-FCPS students is included in the tuition and is available from most FCPS high school locations. 

Transportation Information


Students currently in grades 6-11 who will enter grades 7-12 during the 2016-17 school year.

Open to FCPS students, county residents who attend private school or are home-schooled, and non-Fairfax County students.

Registration, Tuition & Refund:

IFTA is still accepting student registrations.

For information email Student packets with schedules will be mailed 7-10 days before the program start.


NEW! Class selection is now part of the registration process. Please make your class choices before registering.

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To register online, visit



February 1 - April 8 ($795)
April 9 - June 3 ($850)

February 1 - April 8 ($975)
April 9 - June 3 ($1,025)

Please review our new refund policy.

Program Information:

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Complete only for Dance and Music Classes with a Prerequisite.

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Complete only for Art classes with a Prerequisite.

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Extended Day Classes:

ACE (Adult and Community Education) will be offering academically and enrichment focused week long classes at Lake Braddock Secondary from 2:30-5:30 p.m. after IFTA ends for the day. These classes are an additional cost and student pick-up at 5:30 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent.  Register for these camps at the same time you register for IFTA.

Required Forms:

Students have to bring signed copies of the following forms to the program on the first day.

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*Emergency Care and Health forms may be accessed by FCPS parents through WeCare on FCPS 24-7 or by requesting a copy of 2015-16 school year forms from your school. All forms must be signed. Parents/Guardians must bring medications (EpiPens) to the clinic on the first day of the program.





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Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a unique academic program for students providing enrichment in the performing and visual arts.


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What students are saying about IFTA…

"I really loved IFTA.  I met so many great people here and learned so much.  I can’t wait to come back next year."

"I liked that there was a big selection of classes to take.  I also liked how the teachers were always open to questions."

"It was a wonderful school program and I felt at home when I went every day."

"The whole environment was inclusive and all the courses were great."

"IFTA – Excellent program!  Would recommend to anyone interested in the arts."

"IFTA is a camp full of amazing and talented people."

"I really like IFTA and I’m kinda sad that this is my last year.  It’s been really fun and you guys have helped me develop not only my art skills, but my own sense of self as well."


Jennifer Himes
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Rebecca Tenally

Last Updated

June 6, 2016