63 reviews
  1. Falls Church, VA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
Gatehouse Adm Ctr
Falls Church, VA 22042
Telephone
(571) 423-1010

Fairfax County Public Schools Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1250
6,161 responses
Average ACT
29
1,734 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
185,541
Free or Reduced Lunch
27.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,855
Teachers in First/Second Year
Data not available

Finances

Total Expenses
$2,746,699,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,207/ student
National
$11,890
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    4%

Fairfax County Public Schools Reviews

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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.
I attended Lake Braddock Secondary School in the eighth grade and look back on my year there very fondly. Having attended nine schools in my academic career (I am now in my freshman year of high school), I can safely say that Lake Braddock is overall one of the best schools I have studied at. The teachers all went above and beyond to support their students and to make their classes as enjoyable as possible. Additionally, LBSS's language department is phenomenal. If my memory serves correctly, it included Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Latin. I took Latin and simply adored it. However, the language department is not where the school's wonderfulness ends. Lake Braddock's music and theater department is exceptional. The teachers are all extremely talented and the auditorium is stunning. Overall, if the rest of Fairfax School County is as lovely as Lake Braddock Secondary School, it is bound to be a truly amazing district.
I have attended Fairfax County schools ever since 3rd grade and have experienced elementary, middle, and high school. Based on my small experience as a student, I would say that FCPS excels in academics, advancement in stem, and inclusiveness for all students. FCPS provides a plethora of resources for its students in after school activities and keeping parents involved in their children's education. The teachers have been some of the most inspiring and passionate people I have ever met. One suggestion I would give is to listen more to any complaints FCPS receives from either parents, faculty, students, or any one else. It is hard to judge them because of their large size. They are the largest school district in Virginia.