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Why many FCPS school assignments are incorrect

Last week, one of our readers asked a very important question.  She wanted to understand why it was that a home for sale that she really liked had “funky” school assignments.

Home for Sale in Woodson HS boundary

Home for Sale in Woodson HS boundary

In her particular situation, the house that she was considering was in the Woodson High School boundary (she used the Home by School interactive app* to find it).

Once she found the house, she double-checked the schools on the home listing with the official boundary system at the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) website [1].

She double-checked the official FCPS school assignments

When she confirmed what the official FCPS school assignments were for that house, she found that while the assigned high school was Woodson, and the middle school was Frost MS (in the Woodson Pyramid),  the elementary school was not in the Woodson Pyramid.

Instead, the elementary school assigned to that house belonged to the Fairfax Pyramid.

Our reader was, rightfully, confused and wondered what that meant in the long run

  • Could it be that the assignments were incorrect?
  • Or perhaps that the middle and high schools would be re-assigned in the future to the Fairfax Pyramid?

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How Updated School Boundaries Can Save You 15%

Yay! You have found the perfect dress for your upcoming holiday party.  As you get ready to check out, you pull out your 15% off coupon.

The perfect purchase - at 15% off!

The perfect purchase – at 15% off!

“Where did you get that 15% off coupon?!”, says the nice lady who is standing behind you.

“I got the coupon in the mail”, you say.  (She probably got one too, but she didn’t look for it.)

Doesn’t it feel great to have the right information at the right time?

When you’re buying a home by school boundary, it pays to be well informed too.

For example, let’s look at how the recently approved boundary changes (the Fairfax-Lanier study approved earlier this year*) can save you 15%:

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3 Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a Home by School

The first time that I made pancakes, they turned out like hockey pucks. And then I wished I had welcomed my Mom’s advice on how to make fluffy, golden pancakes… Listening to her would have saved me from some key mistakes!


Follow good advice to avoid non-fluffy pancakes

Buying a home is certainly a lot more important than making pancakes, and I hope that the following pointers will help you avoid 3 of the most common mistakes people make when buying a home by school: Continue Reading…

Why you should choose a High School Boundary first

To understand High School boundaries and their relationship with the middle and elementary schools, let’s start by defining the concept of School Pyramids, as they are used in the Fairfax County Public Schools district.

What are School Pyramids?

Fairfax County School PyramidsSchool Pyramids are a way to group schools for administrative purposes.

Most School Pyramids in Fairfax County have one High School, one Middle School, and about six Elementary Schools.  These eight or nine schools all belong to the same School Pyramid.

For example, let’s look at the Oakton Pyramid and the schools that comprise it:

  1. Oakton HS
  2. Carson MS
  3. Crossfield ES
  4. Fox Mill ES
  5. Mosby Woods ES
  6. Navy ES
  7. Oakton ES
  8. Waples Mill ES

How are School Pyramids different from School Boundaries?

In practice, School Pyramids do not translate directly into School Boundaries. Continue Reading…

Fairfax County Schools Boundary Changes (2014-2015)

News Alert regarding upcoming boundary changes


Board Approves Fairfax County Schools Boundary Changes for Fairfax High, Lanier Middle Schools

FCPS 2014 boundary study

FCPS boundary study of Fairfax HS & surrounding schools

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to approve adjustments to school attendance areas in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School. Continue Reading…

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