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 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.

Program Information

Dates and Times

Most Classes

Register for one or both of the two-week sessions below:

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17
Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 31

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Health and PE 9

Register for both two-week sessions and select a pre and post-assessment.

  • Course Dates: June 29-July 31 
    Students will begin independent learning on June 29, and then they will begin attending IFTA on July 6.
  • Pre-Assessement Options
    • June 19
    • June 22
  • Post-Assessment
    • July 31

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Register for both two-week sessions; students will begin the course independently prior to the start of IFTA.

  • June 29 - students will begin independent instruction at home.
  • July 6 - students will begin attending IFTA.
  • July 31 - students will complete a final assessment in person; final date of program.


Fairfax High School

Classes and Daily Schedule

  • Students have four classes daily.
  • Classes are 70 minutes long.

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 $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. 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.


Students select classes on a first come first serve basis through the registration process. They will choose a first and second choice from a Master Schedule. If the first class is full then students can ask to be wait listed for their first choice should another section of the course open up.

Registration will be open from February 3 to June 14, 2020.

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

FCPS-ACE, Department C
6815 Edsall Rd,
Springfield, VA 22151

  • Birth certificate.
  • Medical evidence of immunization.
  • The most recent 2019-20 school report card.


Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available.

  • Two weeks: $413
  • Four weeks: $825


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.