Frequently Asked Questions
Second Chance is an educational program for Arlington middle and high school students to help them avoid using alcohol, drugs and certain other substances. Second Chance is not treatment or therapy. Students showing signs of early substance use will benefit most from attending Second Chance.
Students who are found to be under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and/or certain other substances may be diverted to Second Chance in lieu of school suspension by APS or prosecution by Arlington County Juvenile Courts. Parents who are concerned or see signs of early substance use can refer their teen and students can refer themselves.
*A self or parent referral will not necessarily preclude a teen from being able to attend Second Chance again should the need arise.
Students attend a 3-day session, followed 6-8 weeks later with a booster session. Parents/Guardians must attend a 3-hour session the evening of the Wednesday (or Friday) student program or on the following Saturday and, later, the booster session with their student.
*Attendance at all sessions is required for successful completion.