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Fairfax County Public Schools

The Fairfax County Public Schools system (abbreviated FCPS) is a branch of the Fairfax County government which administers public schools in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. FCPS' headquarters is located in an unincorporated section of the county near the city of Falls Church; the headquarters has a Falls Church address but is not within the city limits.

With over 164,000 students enrolled, FCPS is the largest public school system in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and in Virginia. The superintendent of schools is Jack D. Dale. The school district is the 13th largest in the nation and maintains the largest school bus fleet of any school district in the United States. It should be noted that Fairfax Country uses the 6-4 grading scale for middle and high school classes, meaning that 94-100 of 100 is an A, 90-93 is a B+, 84-89 is a B, etc.

The most notable commitment the county makes to its school system is the allocation of 52.2% of its fiscal budget to the school system. Including state and federal government contributions, along with citizen and corporate contributions, this brings the 2006 fiscal budget for the school system to $2.1 billion. The school system has estimated that, based on the 2006 fiscal budget, the county invested $11,915 in each student in 2006.

History

The public school system in Fairfax County was created after the Civil War with the adoption by Virginia of a Reconstruction-era state constitution in 1870, which for the first time in Virginia guaranteed free public education.

Fairfax County refused to let black students attend and bused them out of the county to Manassas. Despite the 1954 Supreme court ruling to end racial segregation Fairfax County Schools did not allow any black students into designated white schools until 1960.

Demographics

Since the early 1990s, FCPS' fastest growing segment is its Asian-American student population, which is second only to whites. Most of the Asian student growth comes from Korean Americans, as Fairfax County is home to strong Korean American communities in business districts such as Annandale and Centreville. As a result, most FCPS schools have access to Korean interpreters and staff members to help parents who do not speak English well. There are also many Chinese American and Indian American students moving to Fairfax County. The enrollment of these demographics among Asians is second to Korean Americans. A large number of Filipino American and Vietnamese American students live toward the eastern region of the county, bordering Arlington and Falls Church.

Hispanic growth continues significantly as well throughout the county, in particular in the southeast portion of the county and the Herndon area. Hispanic enrollment surpasses that of African Americans but is not growing at the rate of Asian Americans. African American enrollment has been stagnant in the last few years, while white enrollment has steadily dropped since the 1990s due to lower birth rates and many families moving to suburbs whose school districts are farther away from Washington, D.C. Loudoun County Public Schools, directly west of Fairfax County, is a common destination. In the 2006-2007 school year, FCPS was 55.1% White; 17.8% Asian; 16.2% Hispanic; 10.7% Black; and 0.3% Native American.

No contact rule controversy

Kilmer Middle School, a school in the FCPS system, has a strict rule/policy of "no physical contact", meaning that contact such as high fives or hugs between friends are not allowed. The FCPS Board and school system's superintendent stand behind the rule and have refused to rescind the rule. The issue was brought to light after the father of student Hal Beaulieu contacted the Washington Post, sparking coverage in multiple major media outlets including Time, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and The Washington Post.

Snow day call controversy

In January 2008, Devraj "Dave" Kori of Lake Braddock Secondary School called the publicly listed home phone of Dean Tistadt, the school system's chief operating officer, to ask why school had not been canceled that day. The wife of Tistadt called Kori back and left an angry message on his cell phone. Kori posted this on a Facebook page he made and a friend posted it to YouTube. The call was aired on the evening news and was soon heard across the country and internationally. The Tistadts received many prank calls and several threatening messages. The school gave Kori a Saturday detention for using his cell phone during school, which is not allowed. The school system's spokesperson stated that "any call to the home of a public servant is harassment"

Schools

FCPS High Schools' Rankings on Newsweek's
America's Top Public High Schools.
School Name 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008
Annandale 638 524 879 941 977
Centreville 177 149 99 112 106
Chantilly 72 94 162 133 126
Edison 425 707 672 709 768
Fairfax 92 196 211 157 258
Falls Church 128 289 395 >1346 390
Herndon 115 174 139 161 145
Langley 31 50 81 72 55
Lee >804 >1036 >1236 >1346 818
Madison >804 >1036 123 141 152
Marshall 184 187 201 211 254
McLean 152 128 86 76 99
Mount Vernon >804 >1036 >1236 797 887
Oakton 143 103 105 103 105
South Lakes 407 383 623 859 523
Stuart 230 371 368 462 330
West Potomac 108 403 295 198 221
West Springfield 145 141 155 172 250
Westfield 48 126 142 179 148
Woodson 23 34 91 65 74

High schools

Secondary schools

Alternative high schools

  • Bryant Alternative High School
  • Mountain View Alternative High School
  • Pimmit Hills Alternative High School
  • Woodson Adult High School

Middle schools

Elementary schools

  • Buzz Aldrin Elementary School
  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School
  • Louise Archer Elementary School
  • Armstrong Elementary School
  • Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
  • Beech Tree Elementary School
  • Belle View Elementary School
  • Belvedere Elementary School
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
  • Braddock Elementary School
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
  • Brookfield Elementary School
  • Bucknell Elementary School
  • Bull Run Elementary School
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
  • Camelot Elementary School
  • Cameron Elementary School
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School
  • Cardinal Forest Elementary School
  • Centre Ridge Elementary School
  • Centreville Elementary School
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
  • Chesterbrook Elementary School
  • Churchill Road Elementary School
  • Clearview Elementary School
  • Clermont Elementary School
  • Clifton Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • Colvin Run Elementary School
  • Crestwood Elementary School
  • A. Scott Crossfield Elementary School
  • Cub Run Elementary School
  • Cunningham Park Elementary School
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
  • Deer Park Elementary School
  • Dogwood Elementary School
  • Dranesville Elementary School
  • Eagle View Elementary School
  • Fairfax Villa Elementary School
  • Fairhill Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Flint Hill Elementary School
  • Floris Elementary School
  • Forest Edge Elementary School
  • Forestdale Elementary School
  • Forestville Elementary School
  • Fort Belvoir Elementary School
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School
  • Fox Mill Elementary School
  • Franconia Elementary School
  • Franklin Sherman Elementary School
  • Freedom Hill Elementary School
  • Garfield Elementary School
  • Glen Forest Elementary School
  • Graham Road Elementary School
  • Great Falls Elementary School
  • Greenbriar East Elementary School
  • Greenbriar West Elementary School
  • Groveton Elementary School
  • Gunston Elementary School
  • William Halley Elementary School
  • Haycock Elementary School
  • Hayfield Elementary School
  • Herndon Elementary School
  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School
  • Hunt Valley Elementary School
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
  • Hutchison Elementary School
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School
  • Island Creek Elementary School
  • Keene Mill Elementary School
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
  • Kings Glen Elementary School
  • Kings Park Elementary School
  • Lake Anne Elementary School
  • Anthony T. Lane Elementary School
  • Laurel Ridge Elementary School
  • Lees Corner Elementary School
  • Lemon Road Elementary School
  • Little Run Elementary School
  • London Towne Elementary School
  • Lorton Station Elementary School
  • Lynbrook Elementary School
  • Mantua Elementary School
  • Marshall Road Elementary School
  • McNair Elementary School
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School
  • Mount Eagle Elementary School
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
  • Navy Elementary School
  • Newington Forest Elementary School
  • North Springfield Elementary School
  • Oak Hill Elementary School
  • Oak View Elementary School
  • Oakton Elementary School
  • Olde Creek Elementary School
  • Orange Hunt Elementary School
  • Parklawn Elementary School
  • Pine Spring Elementary School
  • Poplar Tree Elementary School
  • Colin L. Powell Elementary School
  • Providence Elementary School
  • Ravensworth Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School
  • Rose Hill Elementary School
  • Sangster Elementary School
  • Saratoga Elementary School
  • Shrevewood Elementary School
  • Silverbrook Elementary School
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
  • Spring Hill Elementary School
  • Springfield Estates Elementary School
  • Stenwood Elementary School
  • Stratford Landing Elementary School
  • Sunrise Valley Elementary School
  • Terra Centre Elementary School
  • Terraset Elementary School
  • Timber Lane Elementary School
  • Union Mill Elementary School
  • Vienna Elementary School
  • Virginia Run Elementary School
  • Wakefield Forest Elementary School
  • Waples Mill Elementary School
  • Washington Mill Elementary School
  • Waynewood Elementary School
  • West Springfield Elementary School
  • Westbriar Elementary School
  • Westgate Elementary School
  • Westlawn Elementary School
  • Weyanoke Elementary School
  • White Oaks Elementary School
  • Willow Springs Elementary School
  • Wolftrap Elementary School
  • Woodburn Elementary School for the Fine and Communicative Arts
  • Woodlawn Elementary School
  • Woodley Hills Elementary School

Special education centers

  • Burke Center
  • Camelot Center
  • Cedar Lane School
  • Davis Career Center
  • Key Center
  • Kilmer Center
  • Mount Vernon Center
  • Pulley Career Center
  • Quander Road School

Interagency Alternative Schools

  • Adult Detention Center
  • Boys Probation House
  • Care Connection for Children
  • Compass Day School
  • Computer Enhanced Instruction Program
  • Crossroads Residential Program
  • Devonshire Center
  • Elizabeth Blackwell School
  • Enterprise School
  • Falls Bridge School
  • Girls Probation House
  • GRANTS (GED Readiness and New Technology Skills)
  • Gunston School at South County Juvenile Court
  • Hickory Grove School
  • Hillwood School at East County Juvenile Court
  • Horizons Day School
  • Independent Study Program
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Less Secure Shelter Home
  • Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute
  • Northern Virginia Sickle Cell Center at Inova
  • Northwest Center
  • Sager School
  • Sojourn House
  • Sunrise House
  • Transition Support Resource Center
  • Vista Day School at South County Juvenile Court

Transportation

FCPS operates a fleet of close to 1,700 school buses. The fleet make-up consists of buses that are from 1988 to 2008. FCPS operates the following bus models:

  • 1989 Wayne Lifeguard Ford
  • 1989 Blue Bird All American FE
  • 1989 Blue Bird TC/2000 FE
  • 1990 Blue Bird TC/2000 FE
  • 1991 Blue Bird TC/2000 FE
  • 1992 Blue Bird TC/2000 FE
  • 1993 AmTran Genesis
  • 1994 Blue Bird TC/2000 FE
  • 1994 Thomas Vista
  • 1994 Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER
  • 1995 Thomas Vista
  • 1995 Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER
  • 1996 AmTran Genesis
  • 1996 AmTran RE
  • 1997 AmTran Genesis
  • 1997 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
  • 1998 AmTran Genesis
  • 1998 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP EF
  • 1998 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
  • 1999 AmTran Genesis
  • 1999 AmTran RE
  • 2000 AmTran FE
  • 2000 AmTran RE
  • 2000 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP EF
  • 2001 International RE
  • 2001 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP EF
  • 2002 IC RE
  • 2002 IC FE
  • 2003 IC RE
  • 2003 IC FE
  • 2004 IC RE
  • 2004 IC FE
  • 2006 IC RE
  • 2006 IC FE
  • 2007 IC RE
  • 2007 IC FE
  • 2008 IC RE
  • 2008 IC FE
  • 2008 IC CE
  • 2009 IC CE
  • 2009 IC RE

The transportation department is divided into 4 sections. Regular education is divided into Area 1, Area 2, and Area 3. The 4th section is Special Education. Area 1 serves the Southern part of the county, Area 2 the middle section, and Area 3 the Northern part. Special Education services the entire county.

There are three main garages that serve FCPS school buses. For service and repair, each bus is assigned to one of three garages; West Ox, Alban, or Newington.

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