Fairfax County Public Schools Rankings
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- A+4,618 Students
- A+4,478 Students
- A-4,302 Students
- B+3,583 Students
- A3,572 Students
- A+1,797 Students
- C+1,539 Students
- A-1,445 Students
- A+1,445 Students
- B1,295 Students
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Fairfax County Public Schools Reviews
Review Fairfax County Public Schools
My experience with FCPS was generally positive; I was in Fairfax County schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. The teacher quality was mostly good (a few bad apples but you'll always have some!) and I was very well prepared for college. However, I felt that some of the teachers/admins could have been more involved and aware of their students' lives; I was severely bullied throughout my schooling and no adult ever intervened despite the bullying's unsubtle nature. I graduated a few years ago, though, so hopefully they've improved!
Fairfax county public school systems provide students with a good education, however, a few key flaws prevent it from being an ideal learning environment. FCPS schools have rigorous curriculum which while challenge student and preparing them for the future can leave them with an overwhelming workload which causes extreme stress and leaves kids feeling inadequate. Furthermore, the board does not properly manage their budget. They spend excess unnecessary money on certain programs which in-turn leaves them short on money so they continually threaten to get rid of other important programs such as the chorus. Recently the board also gave themselves a pay raise despite outcry from the teachers about being underpaid. Teachers have not been given a pay raise in an extended amount of time and surrounding counties pay their teachers much better. As a result, great teachers are leaving or refusing to take jobs in FCPS and we are left with low quality educators.
From my experience with Fairfax County Public Schools, it is quite enjoyable. The students and teachers are incredibly diverse, one of the most diverse in the country. Challenging curriculum is always available as a result of the IB program with a small selection of AP classes in my school, but there is also honors and ESOL classrooms available to aid students. Ther are some incredibly talented teachers, especially in the IB classes, but there are some who need some work, especially in the science department. However, the atmosphere is quite good and with the new adminstration put in, things are improving.