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Fairfax County Schools (FCPS) Boundary Study 2014 – Update March 2013

You may recall our post from January of this year Fairfax County Schools FCPS Boundary Study Changes 2014 bringing this boundary study to your attention.

And, as the famous Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said: “Nothing is permanent except change.”

So, as we move forward into this boundary study, we don’t have any definite answers yet, but we do have a little bit more information.

Now, a little over a month later, we have more information about the 2014 boundary study

But first, let’s recap.

This boundary study primarily affects Fairfax High School as well as Lanier Middle School.

The reason for the study is to alleviate future overcrowding of these two schools which belong to The City of Fairfax (and currently also accept students from the adjacent area in Fairfax County).

To remedy the situation, the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) board initiated a boundary study involving the following adjacent High Schools to Fairfax HS:

FCPS 2014 boundary study

FCPS boundary study of Fairfax HS & surrounding schools

Note that the following adjacent (and close-by) schools are NOT affected by this boundary study: Continue Reading…

Fairfax County Schools (FCPS) Boundary Changes in 2014


The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) board recently voted to initiate a boundary study to relieve the future overcrowding of Fairfax High School (and Lanier Middle School), at the request of The City of Fairfax School Board.

First, a little background –

Fairfax HS

Fairfax High School serves students from FCPS as well as students from the City of Fairfax

Something that most people don’t know is that The City of Fairfax, as an incorporated city, has its own School Board.

However, the schools that belong to the City (Such as Fairfax HS and Lanier MS), are administered by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

In exchange for this, Fairfax County gets to send some of its residents to these schools.

The partnership benefits both parties

The City of Fairfax benefits from having County students helping support athletics and academic programs; and Fairfax County benefits from having more space for its students.

But Fairfax High School is overcrowded

However, when The City of Fairfax realized that Fairfax HS and Lanier MS would be overcrowded in the next 3-5 years, they sent a request to FCPS, asking to take action to relieve the situation.

FCPS responded with a boundary study

The FCPS board then decided to initiate a boundary study to better distribute the student population.

The FCPS board, in their January 25th meeting, decided to include several adjoining high school boundaries the study: Continue Reading…

Fairfax County School Boundaries: How often do they change?

Fairfax County schools boundaries change occassionallyIt’s the beginning of the fall season and your favorite apparel store is having a sale. You promptly go in and buy yourself a few key pieces to enhance this season’s wardrobe.  But when you get home, there isn’t much space in your closet – so you re-organize your closet so that all your clothes fit better. Each year, school districts find themselves in the predicament of having to re-organize their attendance areas so that their schools’ enrollment are evenly distributed.

A school attendance area is also known as a school boundary

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