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

A summer exploration of the arts for elementary school students currently in grades 3-5.

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 in grades 3-5 who will enter grades 4-6 during the 2019-20 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 8-12
  • Week 2: July 15-19
  • Week 3: July 22-26

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Class content is different each week.


Fairfax High School

Classes and Daily Schedule

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.

In the dance classes, students learn about different styles of dance. Teachers show them how to choreograph their own dance moves to their favorite songs.

Students sing, perform, and even compose in music classes. They learn to play on instruments like the guitar or ukulele and sing along to popular songs.

Teachers use storytelling, make-believe, and improvisation games in the theatre classes. Students learn to build characters, make props, and perform for the stage.

Students make many works of art in the visual art classes. Book or paper sculpture, printmaking, weaving, and painting are examples of the art classes.


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. Non-FCPS students can pay with cash.

Starting June 11, view the lunch menu by school location. Vending machines are available.




There is bus transportation from 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. The confirmation email sent after registering includes the bus schedule.


Week 1: Registration will be open from February 4 to June 23, 2019.

Weeks 2 and 3: Registration will be open from February 4 to June 30, 2019.

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 A
6815 Edsall Rd,
Springfield, VA 22151

  • Birth certificate.
  • Medical evidence of immunization.
  • The most recent 2018-19 school report card.


Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available.

  • Week 1: July 8-12: $230
  • Week 2: July 15-19: $230
  • Week 3: July 22-26: $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.