Fairfax County Public Schools

26 reviews
  1. Falls Church, VA
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  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

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  • K-8 Schools
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Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1240
5,803 responses
Average ACT
29
1,640 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
183,417
Free or Reduced Lunch
27.4%

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%

Reviews

26 reviews
  • Excellent
    15
  • Very Good
    11
  • Average
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    0
I like Fairfax county public schools, as a student I have had wonderful experiences with most of my teachers and am very close with some of my teachers and administrators. In my opinion Northern Virginia is extremely competitive and there is too much parent envelopment and parents are not pushing for their kids to be independent, many students do not have drivers licences and rely too much on parents that are far to overprotective.

I have fund that Fairfax county is very diverse and that defiantly helps a lot with the academics, especially in IB and discussion based classes. There are not very exciting extracurricular activities but they are there, however the schools do not like to advertise for club sports and the arts, this has been done by neglecting to mention the thespians activity in announcements dispight many asking.
  • Senior
  • 12 days ago
Fairfax County is one of the wealthiest and diverse counties in the US, and that shows through their school system. However, the county is millions of dollars in debt, and their allocation of their current budget is disproportionate beyond belief. Instead of focusing on paying off their debt, they fund renovation projects at schools (such as Thomas Jefferson HS) that are either structurally sound or already have been recently renovated. While at the same time, poor, more ethnically diverse schools (such as Falls Church HS and Jeb Stuart HS) are the last on the list for renovations, when the schools are literally falling apart. The county does this because they are able to showcase their wealthier schools with more rigorous academic programs that colleges are more likely to accept students from. This creates a gap between the overall academic experience of some of the schools. Because of this, the quality of your time at FCPS is determinant on the teachers and staff.
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago
School is school, so it's not going to be the most thrilling or enjoy able experiences, but FCPS makes school endurable. It's safe and clean and most of the facilities are of the highest quality. The teachers are well informed and organized and hold their students to the highest standards. The curriculum can be very challenging at times, but there is always somewhere to help you- whether they are a teacher, peer tutor or administrator. FCPS has great clubs and after school activities including very competitive and avid sports. I am very lucky to be attending a FCPS school and be apart of this amazing county.
  • Junior
  • 2 months ago