Fairfax County Public Schools Students Make 2019 Prom Dreams Come True

News Release
April 09, 2019

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) marketing students from Centreville High School and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program will open their annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop on Friday, April 12. The dress shop, which has been in business for 13 years, has helped hundreds of financially challenged students attend prom in style each spring.

Donations of stylish, high-quality, dry-cleaned prom dresses and select accessories can either be dropped off in the main office of Centreville High School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or at the shop in Fair Oaks Mall during the shop hours listed below.

Centreville High Fashion Marketing students started collecting donated dresses in 2006 as a way to combine their interests in fashion with community service.  They quickly came to the conclusion that students would not feel comfortable “shopping” for a dress at school and decided that the shop should be set up in another location to give students a more authentic shopping experience, which led them to partner with the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program.

The Classroom on the Mall students apply the retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into the Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop.  “This is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,” said Miranda Schick, Centreville High School and Classroom on the Mall Marketing Teacher.  “First, students apply marketing lessons learned to a real-world retail environment. Second, they support the School Board’s goals of helping students succeed beyond the classroom through their ‘Portrait of a Graduate’. This includes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and global citizenship skills.”

The Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop is located on the upper level of Fair Oaks Mall behind the white barricade next to Build a Bear Workshop.  Students from any area high school—not just Fairfax County Public Schools students—who are in need of a prom dress and do not have the funds to purchase one can come and shop from hundreds of donated dresses and accessories.  They must show a valid student ID or other form of school identification in order to select a free dress during the following store hours:


  • Friday, April 12             4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13         2 to 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 14           1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3                4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4            2 to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5              1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17              4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18          2 to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19            1 to 4 p.m.


For more information, contact Miranda Schick at 703-609-7404 or  Miranda.Schick@fcps.edu.