Eighteen Schools Named Purple Star Schools by VDOE

News Release
October 24, 2019

Eighteen Fairfax County public schools have been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children as 2019 Purple Star schools. The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.

 
Fairfax County schools recognized as 2019 Purple Star schools include Fairhill Elementary, Fort Hunt Elementary, Franconia Elementary, Gunston Elementary, Hayfield Elementary, Key Center, Laurel Ridge Elementary, Mosby Woods Elementary, Mount Vernon High, Orange Hunt Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Sandburg Middle, Saratoga Elementary, Stratford Landing Elementary, Woodson High, Whitman Middle, Washington Mill Elementary, and Woodley Hills Elementary. Fourteen Fairfax County public schools were named Purple Star schools in 2018.

  
To qualify for a Purple Star, schools must have a staff member designated as the point of contact for military students and families who serves as the primary link between the military family and the school. Schools must also demonstrate their commitment to meeting the needs of military students by providing resources and programming on issues important to military families, such as academic planning and transitions between schools, districts, and states.


This is the second year VDOE and the Virginia Council have designated Purple Star schools. The Purple Star schools retain the designation for three years before being required to reapply. 


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For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.