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How to rank Fairfax County Schools

Most people when they are buying a car, they review safety ratings, fuel consumption, reliability, and of course, the price.
Once they have all the data, they rank the results in order to help them make the right decision.

Most of us go through this ranking exercise not only when buying a car, but with most things that require a long-term commitment

When there is a long term commitment, we tend to analyze the situation and weigh-in our options carefully.   It seems that we are always ranking features to come up with the best solution for our needs.

Looking for the right school for our children is no exception

We pour over scores, special programs, and any other feature that can help us make the right decision.

But, why do we search for the right schools in the first place? Continue Reading…

How does Fairfax County Public Schools compare with nearby districts?

“And the winner is…”

School Districts are complex and varied like movies

School Districts are complex and varied like movies

If you have ever witnessed a night at the Academy Awards, you’ll hear this phrase over and over.   In order to make justice to all the different aspects of a movie, The Academy has created many categories for which movies get nominated as “the best”.

School Districts, like movies, are complex entities with strengths and weaknesses. Some are the best in some aspects, and others are better in others.

Is it true what they say about Fairfax County Schools?

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is reported to be one of the biggest and best school districts in the state of Virginia, and in the Country;  let’s see how Fairfax County Public Schools compare with its neighboring school districts.

First, let’s find out which school districts are in the DC Metro area – 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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The 3 most common school ranking systems

When Kathy decided to move her family to Fairfax County, she wanted the right school for her children.  She started with comparing SAT scores for high schools and she chose her top 3 schools.  But she noticed that the language immersion program that she wanted for her children wasn’t offered in any of those high schools.School rankings

Would she be able to find the best of both worlds in a school? Her desired special language program and great school rankings?

What is a school ranking? Continue Reading…

How to choose your top 2 Fairfax school pyramids

Choose your top 2 school pyramidsWhen Kathy’s husband was transferred back to the DC area after an assignment abroad, their kids were in elementary school and middle school. Since the children were fluent in French, she was hoping to continue their bilingual education through a special program throughout their K-12 years.


Fairfax County Public Schools are organized into pyramids

School pyramids are simply a way to organize schools. The top of the pyramid is the high school, then one or two middle schools; and the base of the pyramid is made up of several “feeder” elementary schools.

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