Later start times for Fairfax County High Schools

After several years of studies commissioned to the Children’s National Health System, the Fairfax County School Board voted yesterday to implement later start times for high school students.

Sleeping lion

Everybody needs their precious sleep

Later start times for high schools means earlier start times for middle schools

The new strategy will cost over $4M to implement and it will flip-flop the middle school schedules with the high school schedules.  Fairfax County Middle schools will now have earlier bell schedules (around 7:30am), and High schools will now have bell schedules starting at around 8:15 am.

This is one of a couple of recent changes favored by FCPS parents

This measure seems to be popular with parents who hope their high schoolers will get more sleep, and it is another example of recent changes implemented at Fairfax County Public Schools by the new Superintendent, Dr. Garza and the School Board.

Just this school year, FCPS instituted full-day Mondays, which was also strongly supported by FCPS parents.

Another good reason for attending Fairfax County Schools

For many parents thinking about living in Fairfax County and having their children attend Fairfax County Public Schools, this might be another good reason to consider living in Fairfax County.

On a previous post, we wrote about 3 reasons why Fairfax County Public Schools are a great choice, and we just updated that post to reflect these two new features.

If you are considering moving to Fairfax County, you will want to find homes for sale by school boundary:

Find Homes by School in Fairfax County Public Schools

Access the Home by School interactive app through the Fairfax County Map of School Boundaries, selecting a high school boundary, and then clicking on the big, red button that reads “Find a Home”.

Fairfax County Map with high school boundaries
Click to access the Fairfax County Map (with UP-TO-DATE high school boundaries)


Log in to the Fairfax County Map of School Boundaries (a.k.a the Affordability Map) to see the location of each of the most UP-TO-DATE boundaries within Fairfax County and to choose your ideal boundary.

When you log in to the Fairfax County Map of School Boundaries, you will find:

  • UP-TO-DATE School boundaries
  • Photos and videos
  • Highlights of the area covered by each boundary
  • Transportation options
  • Statistics about housing
  • School rankings for schools in each boundary

See you on the other side!

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The No-Tears Guide to Moving to Fairfax, VA
The FREE No-Tears Guide to Moving to Fairfax, VA

Downloading The No-Tears Guide to Moving to Fairfax, VA is free, and you’ll get access to our unique home-search (by school boundary).

Plus, you get the Fairfax County Real Estate Affordability Map, AND access to detailed information about each Fairfax County School boundary.


Read more about the new high school start times at the Fairfax County Public Schools website.

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