Beliefs, Mission, Vision


Each student is entitled to an excellent education that meets his or her individual needs.

Effective educators are essential to student success.

We thrive in a vibrant, healthful, safe, enriching, and respectful environment.

A well-rounded education enables students to lead productive, fulfilling, creative and culturally rich lives.

A successful education system fosters effective communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

A dynamic partnership among students, parents, educators and with the community is critical to meet student needs and provide enriching experiences.

Families play a fundamental role in their children’s education.

Our diversity is a strength that creates resilient, open and innovative global citizens.

High expectations inspire high performance.

An educated citizenry sustains our economy and our system of self-governance.

Self-motivation and personal responsibility are keys to future success.

Early childhood education is crucial to school readiness and future success.

Reading proficiency by third grade is critical for the academic success of all students.


Fairfax County Public Schools inspires and empowers students to meet high academic standards, lead ethical lives, and be responsible and innovative global citizens.


Looking to the Future

FCPS prepares all students for the world of the future by giving them a broad spectrum of opportunities to prepare for education and employment beyond high school. All graduates are productive and responsible members of society, capable of competing in the global economy and motivated to pursue learning throughout their lifetimes.

Commitment to Opportunity

FCPS values its diversity, and acknowledges that all people contribute to the well-being of the community. FCPS provides opportunities for all its students and employees to grow educationally, personally, and professionally.

Community Support

Fairfax County embraces its schools. Businesses and community members generously volunteer their time and resources to help students. Schools are integrated into the fabric of the community, and residents take pride in their schools. The success of FCPS draws businesses to Fairfax County. Citizens support the financial and capital needs of the school system.


Fairfax County students achieve at high levels in all core areas and across a broad spectrum of pursuits. FCPS values a well-rounded education that goes beyond basics, and encompasses the arts, technology, communication, and critical thinking skills in preparation for the work of the world. FCPS provides a breadth and depth of opportunities to allow all students to stretch their capabilities and pursue their passions.


FCPS is accountable for the academic achievement of all students. FCPS measures academic progress, to ensure that all students, regardless of race, poverty, language or disability, will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for college and/or employment. FCPS spends money wisely. FCPS directs funds to the classroom, and finds ways to improve performance across the spectrum of academic programs and business processes.

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Student Achievement Goals

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Monitoring Division Performance

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Last Updated

July 8, 2013