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 the 10th largest school division in the U.S. with 198 schools and centers. We serve a diverse student population of more than 188,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12, speaking over 200 languages. Over 31 percent of our total student population is Economically Disadvantaged; 14.5 percent are reported as Students with Disabilities, and more than 29 percent of students are English Learners. Demographically, 38.5 percent of FCPS students are White, 25.9 percent are Hispanic, 19.6 percent are Asian, 10 percent are Black, 5.5 percent are two or more races, 0.2 are American Indian and 0.1 percent are Native Hawaiian (source: 2018 Fall Membership by Subgroup as reported in the Virginia Department of Education School Quality Profile).
Nearly 92 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. The class of 2019 has 254 National Merit Semifinalists. 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, the third-largest employer in Virginia, has 24,165 full-time employees, of whom more than 93 percent are school-based and 6.6 percent nonschool-based. Our FY 2020 Approved Budget of $3 billion is primarily funded by Fairfax County (71.3 percent) with contributions from Virginia (23.3 percent), other sources (3.4 percent) and the federal government (1.5 percent). More than 86 percent of the budget goes toward instruction, and the average cost per student is $15,293. 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).