Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

The Institute for the Arts is a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11 who are interested in performing arts, visual arts, and fashion.

The Program:

The Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a four-week summer enrichment program for students in middle school and high school. Students pick from over 80 classes in:

  • Dance.
  • Music.
  • Art.
  • Fashion illustration and design.
  • Theatre. 

High school students can also take Online Health & PE 9 or Self-Directed Economics & Personal Finance.


Open to students in grades 6-11 who will enter grades 7-12 during the 2019-20 school year.

All students are welcome:

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

Program Information

Dates and Times

July 1 – July 26, 2019 (Note: There are no classes on July 4 or July 5)

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Fairfax High School

Classes and Daily Schedule

  • Students have four classes that meet daily for four weeks. Classes are 70 minutes long.
  • Schedules are emailed 7-10 days before the start of the institute.

Attendance and Conduct Requirements

Any student absent for more than two days will not receive a grade. Also, students entering 9th-12th grades will not be eligible for the 1/2 credit. This includes:

  • Tardies.
  • Early departures.
  • Disciplinary action.

There are no exceptions.

Students are expected to follow the rules outlined in the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Regulation. To complete IFTA coursework, students must:

  • Be able to work independently and in large groups.
  • Follow teacher directions.
  • Maintain positive relationships with peers and adults.


IFTA is a graded program. Students receive grades based on class participation and completion of in-class projects. FCPS students who pass their classes and have not missed more than two days receive a pass (P) grade on their transcript.  

Students entering grades 9-12 also earn a ½ elective credit. This half credit does not count towards the fine or practical arts graduation requirement.


Students have 30 minutes for lunch.

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.


Registration for fewer than 4 weeks is not available.

Students should pick six classes from the list of classes based on their fall 2019-20 grade level. These classes may be any combination of dance, music, theatre arts, visual arts, or fashion.

During the registration process, enter the classes in order of preference. When scheduling classes, the 5th or 6th choice will be used  if there is a conflict.

Registration will be open from February 4 to June 16, 2019.

Non-FCPS students must provide a copy of the following documents which can be emailed to 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.



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

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 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.