Great Things Are Happening at FCPS

Accomplishments Across FCPS

Snapshot of Recent Accomplishments 

Student Achievement 

  • Nearly 93 percent of FCPS students from the class of 2016 graduated on time, exceeding the state average of 91.3 percent. More than 93 percent of graduates plan to pursue post-secondary education.
  • FCPS students outperformed their peers in Virginia and the nation on the SAT in 2016 with an average score of 1672, compared to the Virginia average of 1522 and the national average of 1453.
  • 213 FCPS students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2017.
  • 87 percent of FCPS students who took ACT tests are ready for college-level coursework in English composition - compared to 78 percent of students in Virginia and 65 percent of students nationwide. (2016)
  • 76 percent of FCPS students who took ACT tests are ready for college-level coursework in mathematics compared to 59 percent in Virginia and 44 percent nationwide. (2016)
  • FCPS students continue to pass the Virginia SOL tests at rates that exceed those of students across Virginia. In 2016, FCPS students posted two point overall gains in science and a one point overall gain in writing from the prior year. The pass rates in each subject exceeded the state percentages by three to nine points.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses teach students the technical applications of many occupations while preparing them for higher education or entry-level employment, including information technology, practical nursing, construction technology, and more.
  • In 2015-2016, students earned more than 18,500 VDOE-approved industry certifications and licenses.

Instruction 

  • All high schools in FCPS are introducing new ESOL programming for their English language learners, consisting of a new course sequence in core subject areas and additional newcomer supports that were piloted at Lee and Stuart High Schools last year.
  • FCPS is one of only five school divisions in the country named as a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence, with seven high schools active in the CyberPatriot program. Beginning this school year, the CyberPatriot program is offered in seven middle schools as well, with funding provided by the Foundation for FCPS.
  • All Fairfax County high schools have been designated among the most demanding public schools in the country and are featured in the 2017 Washington Post list of top U.S. high schools.
  • FCPS is partnered with Genesys Works, a non-profit organization that works to train and provide paid IT internships to high school seniors. This fall, Genesys Works placed 22 students with employers in the metropolitan area.

Division Initiatives 

  • FCPS launched the first phase of a 1-to-1 digital transformation called FCPSOn, which enhances student learning. Students develop Portrait of a Graduate attributes by providing opportunities for them to control the time, place, path, and pace of their learning with their own electronic device. The first phase includes all the schools in the Chantilly High School pyramid and includes five schools that are part of the e-Learning Backpack Grant from the Virginia Department of Education.
  • Parents and students are able to stay up-to-date on school bus arrival status with the new bus delay notification system available on the FCPS website and the FCPS Mobile App.
  • All school cafeterias replaced the polystyrene trays in the cafeterias with recyclable trays made of uncoated and unbleached paperboard.
  • Ninety-three percent — 180 of 194 Fairfax County public schools have earned full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for 2016-17, based on results from Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests administered during the 2015-16 school year.
  • Data released on concussion and injury prevention programs used in FCPS athletic programs shows that concussions have declined more than 43 percent since 2013, and that injuries have declined nearly 24 percent.

Facilities 

  • Fort Belvoir Upper School opened in September 2016 which enables all elementary school-aged children of Fort Belvoir families to attend school on the military base. The construction was funded by nearly $24 million in federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Defense, along with approximately $6 million in non-federal matching dollars. Combined with Fort Belvoir Primary School, the campus serves more than 1,590 students and addresses the need for enrollment growth in the future.
  • 80 FCPS schools are registered Eco-Schools, which means they meet effective “green” management criteria of the school grounds, facilities and the curriculum as determined by the National Wildlife Federation. Of those schools, 12 have been designated Green Flag schools, the highest award an Eco-School can achieve.
  • FCPS has 146 ENERGY STAR certified schools, more than any other school system in the country.

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