The Power of Ideas manifests itself in education as much as it does in the workplace, and Fairfax County is known throughout the Washington area, the nation and the world as a community that values high-quality education from cradle to college to career.

Fairfax County is a national leader in K-12 public education. Our students consistently score significantly higher than the national average in standardized achievement tests. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS; is one of the largest and highest-rated school systems in America, with comprehensive course offerings for students of all ages and abilities and a wide array of extracurricular opportunities. Numerous private schools offer parents additional education options. Private foreign-language academies, programs and courses also are available throughout the Washington area for children and adults.

Fairfax County is also a leader in higher education. The campuses of five major colleges and universities, including the main campus of George Mason University, are located in Fairfax County. Northern Virginia Community College, the largest community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has two campuses in Fairfax County: the main campus in Annandale and the medical education campus in Springfield.

Fairfax County is home to a full range of high-quality early care and education programs that lay the foundation for the creativity, critical thinking and team-building skills that youngsters will be need to be successful in school. Employees living and working in Fairfax County have access to a range of early-care and education programs. Access to high-quality, affordable child care and preschool from state-licensed or county-permitted early-childhood educators lays the foundation for a child's success and helps their parents and caregivers minimize absenteeism at work.

The Fairfax County Office for Children provides information about child care, preschool and after-school programs. Additional resources are available through Fairfax Futures, which fosters collaboration in support of early childhood education and school readiness in our county.

A highly trained workforce is one of Fairfax County's greatest assets. Job seekers and employers throughout northern Virginia have access to a comprehensive system of employment and training services and resources—many offered at no cost.