Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

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

IFTA Is Back Next Summer! 

We are already planning for next summer, and details will be posted here in February 2021.

The Program - Summer 2021

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 2021-22 school year.

All students are welcome:

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

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.


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.


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Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) for grades 2-5