Camps and Institutes: Institute for the Arts (IFTA)

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

Registration for all summer camps and institutes opens February 5, 2018.

The Program:

The Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a four-week summer enrichment program for students interested in the performing and visual arts. Students are scheduled into four 70-minute classes that they select from over 80 course offerings. Many of these classes are unique to IFTA and are not available to students during the regular school year. Classes are taught in a friendly and fun environment where students are encouraged to be themselves and pursue their artistic talents.

Students are graded (pass/fail) in each of their courses based on participation and in-class assignments.  FCPS students who successfully complete the four-week program with no more than two absences will have it noted on their transcript. Those students entering grades 9-12 will also earn one-half elective credit. (This half credit does not count towards the fine or practical arts graduation requirement.)


Bus transportation is provided from FCPS high schools and middle schools outside of the Lake Braddock pyramid. Transportation to and from these schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The bus schedule is included in the confirmation email received after registration.

Dates & Student Hours:

July 2 - 27, 2018 (No classes on July 4)
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Lake Braddock Secondary


Open to students in grades 6-11 who will enter grades 7-12 during the 2018-19 school year.

FCPS students, county residents who are enrolled in private schools or home schooled, and non-Fairfax County residents are encouraged to register.



Reduced fee and tuition waivers are not available for this elective program.


Students should choose 6 classes based on the grade level being entered in the fall of 2018-19. These classes may be any combination of dance, music, theatre or visual arts classes. Enter the classes in order of preference when prompted during the registration process.

Students are scheduled into 4 classes which they attend daily for the duration of the program. Every attempt is made to ensure that students receive their top choices but if a conflict arises in their schedule, the 5th or 6th choice will be used instead.

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
  • a most recent 2017-18 school report card

Registration for fewer than 4 weeks is not available.

Registration will be open from February 5 to June 10, 2018.

Registration Forms:

Please complete the appropriate form(s) and have your student deliver them to school the first day of the program.

Attendance and Conduct Requirements:

Any student absent from IFTA for more than two days (including tardies, early departures, and disciplinary action) will not receive a grade or be eligible for the ½ credit. No exceptions will be made.

Students are expected to follow the rules outlined in the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Regulation. To successfully complete IFTA coursework, students must be able to work independently and in large groups, follow teacher directions, and maintain positive relationships with peers and adults.


FCPS Food Services provides lunch for $3.25 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.

Extended Day Classes:

ACE (Adult and Community Education) will offer academically and enrichment focused week long classes at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 2:30-5:30 p.m. after IFTA ends for the day. These classes are an additional cost and student pick-up at 5:30 p.m. is the responsibility of the parent. Register for these camps at the same time you register for IFTA: K-6 and Secondary.