Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

A summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6 - 11.

The Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a two or three-week summer enrichment program for students in middle school and high school. Students select from nearly 60 classes in:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Health and PE 9*
  • Music
  • Theatre

* High school students can select Health and PE 9.

  • This course satisfies graduation requirements.
  • They must register for the three week program.
  • Students enrolled in IFTA that are taking Health and PE 9 start this course on June 24, 2024.
    • This is 10 school days before IFTA starts.
    • The daily synchronous sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.
    • Students can join from any location within the United States.


Open to students in grades 6-11 who will enter grades 7-12 during the 2024-25 school year.

All students are welcome:

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

Three Week Program

  • Cost: $795
  • Dates: July 8-26 
  • Host School: Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Program Times: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Two Week Program

  • Cost: $530
  • Dates: July 8-19
  • Host School: Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Program Times: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.


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


Email [email protected] with questions or to request a course catalog. 

Refund Information

Refund requests must be submitted online. Please see Full Refund Details for additional information and deadlines.