Academic Planning for Military Families

Information on Academic Programs, Special Education Instruction, Graduation Requirements, and Credits for Home Instruction

Middle and High School Academics

View Middle and High School Course Catalogs

Special Education Instruction and Services

  • If your child has an existing individualized education program (IEP) or has an existing IEP and needs a reevaluation to determine eligibility for special education in Virginia, FCPS will provide comparable services until an FCPS IEP is developed (generally within 30 days.)
  • If you believe your child may have a disability and is in need of special education, you may make a written or oral referral to your child’s school. Learn more about Child Find

Procedural Support Liaison (PSL)

Procedural Support Liaisons provide information about special education services, guidelines, and procedures. There is one PSL assigned to each pyramid of schools.
Find the PSL that supports your child's school

Special Education Instruction

FCPS provides programs and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Learn more about Special Education Instruction

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

FCPS offers flexible deadlines to our students of military parents who are interested in our Advanced Academic Programs

Our Advanced Academic Programs site provides information about

  • screening procedures for elementary and middle school students.
  • programs offered to high school students. 

Graduation Requirements - Credit Verification

  • Students earn verified credits when they pass the class and the associated Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Standard of Learning (SOL) test.
  • To meet the verified credit requirements for graduation, a student must earn six verified credits for the standard diploma and nine verified credits for the advanced studies diploma.
  • The following subjects have an associated SOL test:
    • World History 1
    • World History 2
    • US/VA History
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Geosystems
    • Algebra 1
    • Geometry
    • Algebra 2, and
    • English 11, which includes two different SOL tests in reading and writing.
  • The total number of verified credits required for graduation is based on when a student enters FCPS for the first time and the diploma type the student is pursuing.
  • Students may earn (be awarded) verified credit using any combination of VDOE approved end of course exams, substitute assessments, and industry certifications or licenses.
  • Courses taken outside of Virginia with an end of course state assessment may be reviewed for verified credit following an identified FCPS process.
  • We encourage parents to work with their child's school counselor to insure they receive all test scores from the previous school. If you have further questions about verified credits, please see your child’s school counselor.

Graduation Requirements - 12th Grade Transfer Students

Students who transfer into a Virginia public school after the first 20 hours of instruction of the 12th grade will be given every opportunity to earn a diploma. If this is not possible, the student’s school counselor will arrange to have the previous school award the diploma. Students who are awarded a diploma by their previous school will be permitted to participate in commencement as determined by the local school principal.

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL)

Learn more about Virginia SOLs

Credit for Home Instruction

The school principal determines grade placement for elementary or middle school students entering FCPS from a home instruction program. The determination of grade placement is based on evidence of achievement provided by the parent or guardian. If further evidence is necessary, consultation with school staff or testing may be required.

A student requesting credit for high school courses taken in an approved home instruction program must provide FCPS with

  • a list of courses taken,
  • the objectives for the courses, and
  • evidence of achievement.

These courses must correspond to courses offered by FCPS.

If FCPS determines that the evidence of achievement is insufficient, the principal can require the student to take an examination in each grade or course for which the student wishes to establish placement and/or credit.

Any credit granted by FCPS for courses taken under home instruction is designated on the student's scholastic record as credit transferred from home instruction.

Home Instruction

Any parent may elect to provide home instruction for his or her school-age child.

Supporting Transitions for Military Families

FCPS supports Military Families as they transition to and from our school system
Military Families

Additional Resources

Resources and supports available to Military Families in Fairfax County
View resources for Military Families