Education in Fairfax County: Excellence from K through college

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools is internationally recognized for its academic excellence. The school system enjoys tremendous support and offers a full range of academic options, including the renowned Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. It is one of the largest school systems in the nation, with students whom we welcome from all over the United States and just about every other nation. The system features has one of the highest on-time graduation rates in the U.S., with three-quarters of graduates going on to some form of post-secondary education. The system always has standardized test scores that beat national and state averages.

Innovative learning abounds here. In FCPS elementary school immersion programs, students learn math, science, and health through the medium of a world language (French, German, Japanese, Korean or Spanish). Students can take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in high school; the division offers the IB middle years program and the IB primary-years program in select schools. High schoolers can participate in the Advanced Academics program, attend an academy in everything from STEM fields to the arts, or learn a skilled trade.

Private Schools

In addition to Fairfax County’s excellent public school system, a number of private institutions give parents a full range of education choices. A list of private schools in Fairfax County and the Washington, D.C. region is available from the U.S. Department of Education’s private school locator website.


Higher Education

Learning continues through a lifetime here in Fairfax County. We’re home to the campuses of five major colleges and universities, and more than 60 colleges and universities are located throughout the Washington, D.C., area. Among them:

  • George Mason University: The largest university in Virginia by enrollment offers more than 200 degree programs. The school has special emphases on technology, public policy, and fine and performing arts.
  • Northern Virginia Community College: At the largest community college in Virginia, students participate in more than 140 programs of study at six campuses throughout Northern Virginia. NOVA works closely with Fairfax County companies to offer many workforce training programs.
  • Northern Virginia Center-Falls Church: The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech: Graduate and undergraduate programs for working adults in a variety of fields are offered through these satellite campuses of University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
  • The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program: The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) is a distance learning graduate program of five universities in the commonwealth: George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. Through CGEP, students can earn a master’s degree part time through onsite and televised graduate classes.  Through this program, private sector companies can establish a distance learning site at their business location for employees.

In addition, the entire Washington area is renowned for its institutions of higher learning that provide thousands of graduates for the regional workforce. Contact us to learn more about the educational opportunities in Fairfax County and the national capital region.