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.

COVID-19 Update

Due to building closures, the Institute for the Arts is cancelled.

We are working to process refunds for all cancelled courses. Due to the large volume of refunds we anticipate that all refunds will be processed within the next 3 to 4 weeks.

This summer, there will be a free online arts enrichment program for K-12 students. The program will be five weeks (July 6-August 6) and have a variety of classes in art, music, theatre and dance. More information will be available soon.

The Program:

The Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a two or four-week summer enrichment program for students in middle school and high school. Students select from nearly 90 classes in:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Health and PE 9 *
  • Music
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance*
  • Theatre

*High school students can select Health and PE 9 or Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance. They must register for both sessions.


Open to students in grades 6-11 who will enter grades 7-12 during the 2020-21 school year.

All students are welcome:

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

IFTA is a summer enrichment camp and provides ADA accommodations. Please email the IFTA program administrator if you are wondering if the program is a good fit for your student.

Attendance and Conduct Requirements

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.


Students have 30 minutes for lunch.

FCPS Food Services provides lunch for a fee 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. 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.

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.

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.