Young Scholars (K-12)

The Young Scholars (YS) Model identifies and nurtures advanced academic potential in students from historically underrepresented populations.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) created the Young Scholars Model in 2001 to increase representation of diverse students in K-12 Advanced Academic Programs. In this model school staff and families work together to:

  • Find and nurture gifted potential.
  • Support academic mindsets and habits.
  • Prepare students for more challenging and rigorous courses.

Access and Opportunity

The Young Scholars model creates a school culture that:

  • Provides many opportunities for tasks that show talent.
  • Emphasizes students’ ability to think, reason, and problem solve.
  • Provides opportunities for access and supports for success in K-12 advanced coursework.

Because Young Scholars (YS) is a model, schools meet the goals in different ways. Examples of YS in action include:

  • Use of units from the Advanced Academic Programs curriculum framework (elementary school students).
  • Career exploration through Project-Based Learning (all students).
  • Young Scholars Summer Camp (for elementary and middle school students; select school sites).
  • Student Leadership Academies (rising middle school students).
  • Progress Reflection and Goal Setting Conferences (middle and high school students).
  • Young Scholars Summer Institutes (high school students).
  • Young Scholars Advisory Time (middle and high school students).

Identification of Young Scholars

A local school committee identifies students for Young Scholars using the YS profile. Elementary school students are also identified for AAP services at that time. For questions about Young Scholars, please contact:

Elementary School: Advanced Academic Resource Teacher

Middle and High School: Director of Student Services

Young Scholar Schools

YS are typically identified in elementary school. As YS move to middle and high school, each school staff works with students and families to ensure continued support for access and success in advanced coursework.

Aldrin ES Forest Edge ES Mason Crest ES
Annandale Terrace ES Forestdale ES McNair ES
Bailey's ES Fort Belvoir ES Mosby Woods ES
Bailey's Upper ES Fort Hunt ES Mount Eagle ES
Beech Tree ES Franconia ES Mount Vernon Woods ES
Belvedere ES Freedom Hill ES Newington Forest ES
Braddock ES Garfield ES North Springfield ES
Bren Mar Park ES Glen Forest ES Olde Creek ES
Brookfield ES Graham Road ES Parklawn ES
Bucknell ES Groveton ES Pine Spring ES
Bull Run ES Gunston ES Providence ES
Bush Hill ES Halley ES Riverside ES
Camelot ES Haycock ES Rolling Valley ES
Cameron ES Hayfield ES Rose Hill ES
Cardinal Forest ES Herndon ES Saratoga ES
Centre Ridge ES Hollin Meadows ES Shrevewood ES
Centreville ES Hunt Valley ES Sleepy Hollow ES
Cherry Run ES Hunters Woods ES Springfield Estates ES
Clearview ES Hutchison ES Stratford Landing ES
Clermont ES Hybla Valley ES Terra Centre ES
Columbia ES Island Creek ES Terraset ES
Crestwood ES Keene Mill ES Timber Lane ES
Cub Run ES Lake Anne ES Washington Mill ES
Cunningham Park ES Lane ES Westgate ES
Daniels Run ES Laurel Hill ES Westlawn ES
Deer Park ES Little Run ES Weyanoke ES
Dogwood ES London Towne ES Woodburn ES
Dranesville ES Lorton Station ES Woodlawn ES
Eagle View ES Louise Archer ES Woodley Hills ES
Fairfax Villa ES Lutie Lewis Coates ES  
Fairhill ES Lynbrook ES