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The Fairfax County School System. Relocating to Northern Virginia.



Diane: It looks like I will be relocating to Fairfax County Virginia in the spring. 

Could you post information about the Fairfax County School System?









Well, Diane...happpy to do so but this is going to be a long post. Fairfax County supports the 11th largest system in the US. But don't let the size bother you...that has not diluted the quality.


The schools in our county are considered among the best in the nation.










Fairfax County Produces Olympic Swimmers




Below are some statistics that you might find encouraging from the Fairfax county website:











Students from Fairfax County Public Schools(FCPS) class of 2012 outperformed their peers in Virginia and the nation on the SAT, according to results released by the Virginia Department of Education. 

FCPS scores are 42 points above the state’s average in Critical Reading, 57 points above the state’s average in Mathematics, and 50 points above the state’s average in Writing. 







In 2011, FCPS had 229 National Merit
Semifinalists, which constituted 59 percent
of Virginia’s semifinalists.
Twenty-eight seniors were selected as
semifinalists in the 2012 National Achievement
Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black
Students, which constituted 42 percent of
Virginia’s semifinalists.
In the 2012
Washington Post
rankings, 23
traditional FCPS high schools were in the top
nine percent of all American high schools as
measured by their student participation in
Advanced Placement or International
Baccalaureate exams.
The number of Advanced Placement exams
taken by FCPS students has risen from 29,604
in 2008 to 33,983 in 2011. Additionally, more
than 69 percent of the advanced placement
tests taken by FCPS students in 2011 received
a score of 3 or above (on a grading scale of 1-5).
In 2011-12, 66 percent of graduates earned
advanced diplomas.



Westfield High School



• In 2010, Newsweek magazine ranked, all eligible FCPS high schools in the top 6 percent of public schools in the nation...

...based on the annual challenge index—which measures a school’s effort to challenge all students.









Welcome to Westfield High School



Fairfax has a parents getting started page for folks seeking an ooverview. You can download a student handbook right here:


Click here for the main page for the Fairfax County school system






John: How can I make sure which schools serve a home I might consider buying? The boundaries are not that easy to figure out.


Virginia Run Elementary


Steve: John, you are absolutely right. In some areas the boundaries very difficult to figure out.

Go to Fairfax County's school boundary site and enter the address of the prospective property.

You will be given the elementary, middle and high school that currently serves that home.






Virginia Run Community Center

There is also a phone number for you to double check to see if any boundary changes are anticipated.


This is especially important if you want to buy within a particular elementary school boundary.





Fairfax County schools are divided into clusters, then subdivided into pyramids named for the high school that tops the pyramid.






For example, Westfield is in cluster 8 and serves Virginia Run neighborhood among others.

Click the link: Westfield pyramid is listed 3rd, after Oakton and South Lakes High Schools... beginning with the elementary schools up through Ormond Stone Middle school that feeds into the high school


(Always check the school boundary web site since many students with Herndon adresses fall within other high school boundaries. For example: the  Herndon 20171 zip code could attend Westfields, Chantilly or Oakton High schools depending on where the boundary line is)




Virginia Run Elementary PlaygroundDiane: Are there any independent school evaluation sites you know of?

Here are three sites that our clients have found valuable.

Great Schools

School Digger

School Matters



If you are relocating to Fairfax County and have a special needs child or adult in your care, here is a link to Fairfax County Special Needs Resources that serve care givers and their families. 

Additional information to help you prepare for your move can be found at Relocation Resources for Northern Virginia


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Comment balloon 0 commentsSteve and Jan Bachman • December 05 2013 06:34AM
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