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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Fairfax County Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Falls Church, VA. It has 187,467 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.
About Fairfax County Public Schools...
Address
8115 Gatehouse Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
Telephone
(571) 423-1010

Fairfax County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
84%
Percent Proficient - Math
77%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1270
12,646 responses
Average ACT
29
3,321 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
187,467
Free or Reduced Lunch
26.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$2,746,699,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,160/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    4%

Fairfax County Public Schools Reviews

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Coming from a private school, on the alternate side of the globe, Fairfax County Public Schools was the first and only public school I have attended. I think it a great school district with an excellent education system with teachers and staff that are available to ensure you understand the content being thought in class. There is also a good balance between academics and involvement in the activities you enjoy, with a wide variety of sports and clubs offered throughout the schools in fcps. With that being said, I have no complaints regarding fcps and I’m glad I’m part of such a great school district!
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Fairfax County is an amazing school district. The area is filled with diversity, community invested schools, and the majority of teachers care for their students. However, the county faces one major issue that affects the future of it's students, a lack of opportunity. When looking at the opportunities offered to students, most are directed towards those who come from wealthy backgrounds. Schools in low economic locations cannot provide the same chances given to those who live in suburban towns. This is because our county chooses to extend money and resources towards institutions that have an established record with great scores, instead of providing for schools in lower income communities to improve academic results. Only with recognizing and addressing the issue directly can we improve the quality of education our students receive. Ultimately with these changes every child will be given the same tools needed to pursue an academic endeavor, regardless of economic background.
My experience attending a FCPS high school was great! The academic courses available were fantastic and included IB and AP courses dependent on schools. This made for true college readiness and preparation. The teachers for the most part were genuine and truly focused on teaching and improving student knowledge. There were tons of clubs, activity, and service learning options. The overall school culture, spirit, and diversity was outstanding and a big perk. The sports teams were not the strongest and didn't have a winning streak but the individuals involved in them were committed. The food is decent and edible but could seriously benefit from improvement! Overall experience, 9/10