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Best Elementary Schools in Fairfax County

A few weeks ago, we identified the Top High Schools in Fairfax County VA based on US News’s State rankings.

This week, we’ve been inspired by Northern Virginia Magazine, with their Best Elementary Schools article.  Their article covers several Counties, and here, we are focusing on the best elementary schools in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Schools: Best Elementary Schools

NoVa Magazine’s Best Elementary Schools

In Northern Virginia magazine’s article, their staff poured through the School Report cards available on the Virginia Department of Education to extract the following four elements to determine their “Best Elementary Schools” list: Continue Reading…

How to choose an elementary school with gifted programs

Fairfax County Schools has four levels of gifted programs

Gifted programs at Fairfax Schools

Last school year, I helped Andy find a home by school boundary. To start, Andy wanted a school that would be a good fit for all her children, so she had certain characteristics for the ideal school in mind. One of her children was very advanced in academics, another one seemed to want to follow in her sister’s footsteps and the third one was happier enjoying the regular pace of school.

Andy wanted all of her kids to attend the same school, if possible, so she asked me if there were some schools that offered “Gifted Programs” along with the traditional programs.

What kinds of gifted programs are available in Fairfax County Schools? Continue Reading…

Are you only researching on GreatSchools when choosing a school?

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Have you ever heard the saying “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”? Legend says that in the past, families only bathed once in a while – and every member of the family got to do it inside the same tub of water.

Dad had the first turn, then Mom, then the kids, and lastly – the baby. By then, the water was not exactly clear and it was easy for whomever was throwing the water out not to see the baby in it.

When you are choosing a school, if you aren’t looking at the important points, you might very well be missing them; and throwing out the opportunity to have your kids attend a good school – and buying the dream home for your family. Continue Reading…

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…

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