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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
Diane: Are there any independent school evaluation sites you know of?
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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