Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA): Camps and Institutes

A summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 2-5.

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary aged students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theatre, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging.


Open to students currently in grades 2-5 who will enter grades 3-6 during the 2020-21 school year.

All students are welcome:

  • FCPS students.
  • Students enrolled in private schools.
  • Students who are homeschooled.
  • Non-Fairfax County residents.

Program Information

Dates and Times

  • Week 1: July 6-10
  • Week 2: July 13-17
  • Week 3: July 20-24
  • Week 4: July 27-31

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Class content is different each week. Themes are set for each class that are age appropriate, relevant, and engaging for the students in Art, Dance, Music and Theatre. Themes are decided on in the Spring prior to the start of the enrichment program.


Fairfax High School

Classes, Daily Schedule, and Theme

Students have four classes and a 30 minute break for lunch. The classes are 70 minutes long. There is one class in dance, music, theatre, and visual art every day. This year our E-IFTA theme will be "All Around the World." Students will explore a different part of the globe each week through art, music, theatre, and dance. Teachers will create lessons that are related to countries, movies, books, artisans, and historians related to each culture.


FCPS Food Services provides lunch for $3.50 or students may bring a lunch from home. FCPS students can use their school accounts or pay with cash. School lunch accounts are unable to be loaded during the summer program. If students plan to buy lunch parents should add enough for each day of camp. Non-FCPS students can pay with cash.

Starting mid-June (specific date TBD), view the lunch menu by school location. Vending machines are available.



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There is bus transportation from select FCPS high schools and middle schools outside of the Fairfax High School pyramid. Transportation to and from these schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Transportation information will be communicated to families prior to the start of the program.


Week 1: Registration will be open from February 3 to June 21, 2020.

Weeks 2, 3, and 4: Registration will be open from February 3 to June 28, 2020.

Non-FCPS students must provide a copy of the following documents which can be emailed to SummerDocs@fcps.edu or mailed to:

FCPS-ACE, Department C
6815 Edsall Rd,
Springfield, VA 22151

  • Birth certificate.
  • Medical evidence of immunization.
  • The most recent 2019-20 school report card.


Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available.

  • Week 1: July 6-10: $230
  • Week 2: July 13-17: $230
  • Week 3: July 20-24: $230
  • Week 4: July 27-31: $230


All students must deliver the appropriate form(s) to school the first day of the institute:

Extended Day Classes

Adult and Community Education (ACE) offers academic and enrichment classes at Fairfax High School from 2:30-5:30 p.m. after E-IFTA ends for the day. These classes are an extra cost, and student pick-up at 5:30 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent.