Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a catalyst that transforms our community's most valuable potential - our children - and shapes a thriving future. We are the community's gathering place where, together, we foster creative thinking, a culture of caring, and lifelong connections. In our schools, students share a diversity of experiences that prepare them for success in a global society; teachers creatively challenge and inspire young minds; and parents actively engage in their children's future.
FCPS is one of the largest school divisions in the U.S. with 198 schools and centers. We serve a diverse student population of more than 180,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12, speaking over 200 languages. Over 27 percent of our total student population is Economically Disadvantaged; 14.4 percent are reported as Students with Disabilities, and more than 20 percent of students are English Learners. Demographically, 36.8 percent of FCPS students are White, 27.1 percent are Hispanic, 19.8 percent are Asian, 10 percent are Black, 5.9 percent are two or more races, 0.3 are American Indian and 0.1 percent are Native Hawaiian (source: 2020 Fall Membership by Subgroup as reported in the Virginia Department of Education School Quality Profile).
Nearly 94.6 percent of FCPS students graduate on time (in four years of high school), and more than 92 percent plan to pursue post-secondary education. FCPS students can take Advanced Placement (AP) 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. Two hundred fourteen students from 16 high schools have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2021. Fairfax County high schools are recognized annually by education columnist Jay Mathews as being among the most challenging high schools in the U.S.
FCPS, one of the largest employers in Virginia, has 24,839.2 full-time employees, of whom 92.9 percent are school-based and 7.1 percent non-school-based. Our FY 2022 Approved Budget of $3.4 billion is primarily funded by Fairfax County (64.3 percent) with contributions from Virginia (23.1 percent), other sources (.7 percent) and the federal government (9.4 percent). More than 86 percent of the budget goes toward instruction, and the average cost per student is $16,505.
The FCPS bus fleet is one of the largest bus fleets in the U.S., transporting more than 141,000 students on over 1,600 buses each day. FCPS has more than 27 million square feet of school buildings and office space, including 173 Energy Star certified buildings (more than any other school system in the country).