Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is divided into five regions. One of the largest school districts in the nation; FCPS follows a, “Portrait Of A Graduate” philosophy that moves to, “support student success in school and in life”.
Registration information for each school is found on their individual websites. In general, registration information begins to become available in March. Boundary information may be found here. Specialized programs like language immersion and magnet schools hold lotteries in early spring. Information sessions are often held after winter break. Deadlines are subject to change.
The county offers School Age Child Care (SACC) at many FCPS elementary schools for before and after school care
FCPS offers a large variety of special education instruction. The following is a list of special education program sites – please note that this is not a static list. There are itinerant programs for those students that are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as enhanced autism classrooms for the pre-k and elementary population. Contact information for special services, to include procedural support liaisons, may be found here. The Special Education Process handbook for FCPS is available in multiple languages.
Early Childhood Education and Elementary Schools
FCPS has more than 140 elementary schools. There are several specialty schools, including language immersion and magnet arts & sciences schools, as well as Advanced Academic Placement, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, and Special Education instruction.
Early Childhood Education in FCPS is offered in many elementary schools. Both the PreK (ages 3-4, with preference given to four-year-olds) and Early Head Start programs (education for infants, toddlers, and expectant mothers) have income requirements. Child Find screenings are free to children ages 20 months to 5 years. Early Childhood Child Find identifies children with potential special education needs and educates the community about the important of early childhood education.
FCPS has organized (by region) specialized special education sites. Individual student placement is dependent upon specific needs as seen in the student’s IEP. Note that while there are programs where only students in that base school are permitted, students may also have pupil-placement for specific programs.
Advanced Academic Placement (AAP) evaluation is typically done initially during the second grade year. Students are referred based on testing and academic performance and there is also the opportunity for parents to self-refer. The referral period happens between the beginning of school and winter break. New families that move into FCPS boundaries, including military families, are able to be identified for immediate placement following registration at their local school.
There are several FCPS elementary schools that feature language immersion opportunities. Spanish, Japanese, French, German, and Korean language immersion programs may be accessed via school or county-wide lottery programs, depending on the location.
There are three elementary-level magnet schools in FCPS. Bailey’s Lower (K-2), Bailey’s Upper (3-5), and Hunters Woods (K-5) collaborate with government agencies, academia, and art institutions to integrate learning through the arts & sciences.
Some middle schools are grades 6-8, although the majority are 7-8. There are also several secondary schools, which range from grades 7-12. Academics for middle schools may be found here.
Families must reside within the boundaries of a certain school to gain acceptance. Registration and boundary information is available on the county website. Course catalog information is also available there.
Information about resources and support available in Fairfax County including Military Connected Youth videos can be found here.
Middle schools continue offering AAP or Level IV services (Advanced Academic Program) to qualified students. Eligibility for Level IV services is determined through a central selection committee. Each middle school offers a variety of activities for the enjoyment, growth, and enrichment of the students. At the middle school level, FCPS provides for involvement in student government, newspaper, yearbook, drama, general interest clubs, band, choral, orchestra, student publications and the literary magazine. More importantly, each school develops programs that meet the needs and interests of that specific student population.
Additionally, each middle school has an after-school program. Information regarding Middle School Activities is available through the individual schools and from the Middle School After-School Program Administrator.
Honors classes: FCPS honors courses, available to middle and high school students, are based on extensions of the FCPS Program of Studies. Students may self-select one or more honors courses in areas that match their academic interests or strengths.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) in Fairfax County is a whole school program for students in grades 6 through 10. Students can choose to pursue the FCPS MYP certificate in tenth grade. All students in the MYP take part in a curricular framework that focuses on:
- the connections between traditional subjects and real-world application.
- becoming critical and reflective thinkers.
The Business & Information Technology courses in middle school provide students with hands-on instruction utilizing basic technology skills. Students learn to develop multimedia presentations, code simple programs, explore new technology and learn about a variety of careers through authentic projects.
Middle School Technology and Engineering Education programs in Fairfax County Public Schools provide active learning situations that allow students to explore engineering and related careers. Students explore different technologies, learn the problem-solving process through the Engineering Design Process, and become technologically literate. Course activities are designed to integrate grade level mathematics and science. The content covered in all modules reinforces the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) in math, science, language arts, social studies, and technology.
High & Secondary Schools (Listed Alphabetically)
All high schools in FCPS offer either AAP or IB option. There is the opportunity to Pupil Place (go to a different school based on your academics needs) but there is a fee unless you live on a military installation. Fairfax County Public Schools offers a huge variety of Academies and Specialized Education. Academies are centers within an existing high school (the reason some of the columns in the list below are blank) that offers advanced technical and specialized elective courses for students interested in pursuing careers in International Studies and Business; Engineering and Scientific Technology; Health and Human Services; or Communications and the Arts.