What is FLES?



The APS Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program began in 2006 with the goal to introduce the Spanish Language to elementary students with 90 to 135 minutes of foreign language instruction time during the school week beginning in Kindergarten. FLES or Immersion language programs are currently incorporated into 17 out of 22 Arlington County elementary schools.


The purpose of the FLES Spanish Program is:
(Source: http://www.apsva.us/page/2140)


  • To prepare students to begin developing functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
  • To provide a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable learning a second language.
  • To develop proficiency in oral and written communication in Spanish through the integration of language skills and concepts taught in the content areas.
  • To encourage all students to develop an openness, understanding and appreciation for other cultures.

APS World Language Office FLES Program Overview
APS FLES Brochure


APS has a World Languages web site which describes the various language learning programs offered by Arlington Public Schools.


See APS Schools with FLES:

Speak up for Languages video :





Schools with FLES – Look at these amazing teachers and children in action:
“Watch 3rd graders and their teachers from Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School in Fairfax County, VA demonstrate their language learning to members of Congress:”




Northern Virginia Public School Teachers and Principals describing the benefits of FLES:



FLES in Fairfax County- See how a community saved this important program from budget cuts: