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Parent Information


Welcome Laurel Hill Parents!

This page of our website is designed with you in mind. Here you'll find answers to questions parents frequently ask about our school as well as links to more general information parents need to know about Fairfax County Public Schools and the community.


Parent Liaison

If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to here, please contact our Parent Liaison Melanie Crosby Hardy. Her job is helping our parents help their children get the most out of the their Laurel Hill experience. She is usually in the school office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can reach her via e-mail at or phone at 703-551-5308.


Student/Parent Handbook

Our school handbook is packed with information parents need to know about school policies and procedures. It's available online here. If you would like a paper copy, please contact Ms. Crosby Hardy at the address or phone number above.


Family and School Partnerships

The FCPS Office of Family and School Partnerships offers many different programs for parents and guardians, including community liaisons, early literacy, parenting education, kinship care giver support, volunteer and parent-involvement support, and many others. Visit their site at the link above to learn more about how they can help.


FCPS Parent Resource Center

Do you have a child with special needs? If so, then pay a visit to the FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC). On their site you'll find information about the many special programs and support services they offer to help parents understand the special-education system and advocate for their child.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find information on some of the topics our parents ask about most. Click on a link to jump to a subject quickly.


SACC & Child Care               Special Programs & Services               Volunteering
New Elementary Progress Report

Parenting Classes & Adult Education Opportunities

Opportunities for Military Families



SACC and Other Child Care

Laurel Hill Elementary does have a Fairfax County School-Age Child Care (SACC) center on site. However, the school does not oversee this program or handle enrollment. For information about registration, please contact the main SACC Registration Office at 703-449-8989. You can also find information online at

If your child is already enrolled in our SACC program, you can contact their staff at 703-551-5360 or Our SACC hours are 7:15 a.m. until 8:40 a.m. before school and 3:40 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. after school.

SACC usually has a waiting list each year. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the 2012-2013 school year, contact SACC Registration as soon as possible to put your name on the list.

There are other child-care centers within our boundaries that provide transportation to and from Laurel Hill. For more information, please contact our school office.

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Special Programs and Services

Advanced Academic Program (AAP)

Like all elementary schools in Fairfax County, Laurel Hill Elementary offers school-based Level III Advanced Academic Program (AAP) services to students who qualify. The services are provided on a pull-out basis once a week by our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) Jeane Fahrenthold.

Laurel Hill does not have a full-time Level IV Advanced Academic Center. Students who qualify for full-time placement can choose to attend the center at nearby Lorton Station Elementary School. Our school does, however, offer Level IV services to third- and fourth-grade students who qualify. We have one class in each of those grade levels that is all AAP students. Families of third- and fourth-grade students who qualify can choose to stay at Laurel Hill or to attend Lorton Station. We hope to provide services to fifth- and sixth-grade students as well within the next couple of years.

Beginning in first and second grade, all FCPS students are screened for eligibility for Advanced Academic Services using a variety of assessments. Official AAP services begin in third grade. However, all of our teachers in all grade levels use differentiated instruction within the classroom to enrich the program of studies for those students who can benefit from the additional material.

Click here for more information the "Nine Thinking Strategies" that students use in the AAP program.

For more information on the FCPS Advanced Academic Program, visit For information about Laurel Hill program specifically, please contact Ms. Fahrenthold at Here are some other documents you might find helpful:

Advanced Academics Continuum of Services


Looking for ways to boost your child's creative and critical thinking skills? If so, check out these articles written by Dr. Carol Horn, Advanced Academics Program Coordinator for FCPS.
Analogies - Creative Connections!
The Art of Persuasion
Creative Brainstorming with SCAMPER

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - and Outcomes
Point of View - Critical Thinking Skills
Research - The Road to Action


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL services are provided to students to help them develop their English proficiency and enhance their academic achievement. With specialized instruction and materials, ESOL teachers work collaboratively with other teachers to provide access to content coursework while simultaneously helping students progress in English. We have two full-time ESOL teachers here at Laurel Hill.

All students who reside in homes where a second language is spoken will be assessed for English proficiency once they enroll. This assessment, combined with teacher assessment, will determine if a student qualifies for ESOL services.

For more information, visit the main ESOL page on the FCPS website: or contact one of our ESOL teachers: Judy Avalos at, Ardyth Scott at, or at Julie Kimble at

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Laurel Hill welcomes parent volunteers in classrooms and other areas of the school, such as the library. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to help fill our latest and most urgent needs. You can also contact your child's teacher to find out how you can help in the classroom. Please make sure the teacher knows your are coming in to help!

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Adult Education Opportunities

FCPS’s Adult & Community Education (ACE)

For Adult ESOL classes, click here for more information. For information on general classes, click here.


Parenting Classes

The FCPS Office of Family and School Partnerships offers a variety of parenting classes throughout the year. Click here for information on Fall 2015 programs.

Workshops and Programs for Parents of Students with Special Needs
(sponsored by the FCPS Parent Resource Center)

The Parent Resource Center offers an array of workshops designed for parents of students with special needs. However, all parents are welcome to attend!

Click here for more information on upcoming workshops and programs.


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Opportunities for Military Families

We are honored to have so many military families as part of our school community. Through the link below Army families can find events and programs designed especially for them through support services at Fort Belvoir.


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Other FCPS Parent Links

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