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Scott Brabrand

Division Superintendent
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 On June 8, 2017, the Fairfax County School Board appointed Scott Brabrand, Ed.D., as their Superintendent of Schools.  

He oversees day to day operations in the 10th largest school district in the U.S. that includes 198 schools and centers; 189,000 students and 24,000 employees. FCPS has more than 27 million square feet of school buildings and office space, including 153 Energy Star certified schools (more than any other school system in the country).

Since Dr. Brabrand’s return to FCPS (after spending five years as Superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools), he has worked collaboratively with county officials to achieve two consecutive years of fully funded budget requests – the first time the district’s budget requests were fully funded in more than 20 years.  The budgets fulfilled the district’s commitment to bring teacher salaries to the market average. 

Other notable achievements include:

  • Partnered with the School Board to enact significant changes in the student discipline process. The changes reflect a greater emphasis on supporting students’ social/emotional needs while maintaining FCPS’ commitment to the safety and security of every student. 
  • Increased security and mental health initiatives, and realigned the executive team to include the addition of a Chief Equity Officer and an Office of the Family and Student Ombudsmen.
  • Introduced Equity, Excellence and Effectiveness as determinants to measure success in the district.
  • Expanded the district’s equity resources, including implementation of the One Fairfax Policy, in collaboration with the School Board. FCPS now has equity leads in all schools and departments and equity specialists in all regions.
  • Added an Assistant Ombudsman, specifically to support families with concerns about special education.
  • Expanded the FCPSOn program moving the district closer to equity in technology resources by providing laptops for all high school students.
  • Received the 2019 Virginia Parent-Teacher Association’s (PTA) Power Partner Superintendent of the Year.
  • Earned the Lifetime Green Flag award by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program at three schools.
  • Implemented consistent student cell phone restrictions in schools. The guidelines follow a tiered structure of cell phone restrictions, which recognizes the age ability of students to use their cell phones wisely.
  • Recognized annually by the Washington Post as being among the most challenging high schools in the U.S.
  • Recognized 19 FCPS schools in 2019 for high student achievement or continuous improvement under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Offered three hiring events in 2019 for furloughed federal employees interested in substitute teaching positions.
  • Achieved a mean SAT score of 1213 - 28 points higher than the 2017 score of 1185
  • Partnered with the School Board to enact significant changes in the student discipline process. The changes reflect a greater emphasis on supporting students’ social/emotional needs while maintaining FCPS’ commitment to the safety and security of every student. 
  • Increased security and mental health initiatives, and realigned the executive team to include the addition of a Chief Equity Officer and an Office of the Family and Student Ombudsmen.
  • Introduced Equity, Excellence and Effectiveness as determinants to measure success in the district.
  • Expanded the district’s equity resources, including implementation of the One Fairfax Policy, in collaboration with the School Board. FCPS now has equity leads in all schools and departments and equity specialists in all regions.
  • Added an Assistant Ombudsman, specifically to support families with concerns about special education.
  • Expanded the FCPSOn program moving the district closer to equity in technology resources by providing laptops for all high school students.
  • Received the 2019 Virginia Parent-Teacher Association’s (PTA) Power Partner Superintendent of the Year.
  • Earned the Lifetime Green Flag award by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program at three schools.
  • Implemented consistent student cell phone restrictions in schools. The guidelines follow a tiered structure of cell phone restrictions, which recognizes the age ability of students to use their cell phones wisely.
  • Recognized annually by the Washington Post as being among the most challenging high schools in the U.S.
  • 19 FCPS schools recognized in 2019 for high student achievement or continuous improvement under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Offered three hiring events in 2019 for furloughed federal employees interested in substitute teaching positions.
  • FCPS seniors in the class of 2018 achieved a mean SAT score of 1213 - 28 points higher than the 2017 score of 1185; the 2018 score is 103 points above the Virginia average and 164 points over the U.S. average.
  • Directed the first division-wide Family Engagement survey.

Results showed:

  • 92% of parents who responded to the survey report that they feel welcome at their child’s school.
  • 91% of parents feel that information provided to them is easy to understand.
  • 92% agree that their child feels safe at school.

In the past two years under his leadership, FCPS has received a Meritorious Budget Award for excellence for the FY 2020 budget from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), been named an Energy Star Partner of the Year, a Genesys Works Partner of the Year, and 14 FCPSschools have been recognized as Purple Star schools in support of military families. Under his direction, 99 percent of FCPS schools are fully accredited by the state and FCPS has a 91.5 percent graduation rate.

In Lynchburg, he oversaw increases in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates in math and reading and in the graduation rate, particularly for economically disadvantaged students and for Black students. During his tenure, Lynchburg City Schools saw its funding transfer increase for five consecutive years after five previous years of flat or declining transfers. This year, he was named Region V Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

Dr. Brabrand began his career in FCPS as a social studies teacher in 1994, a career changer who was inspired by doing volunteer work in the schools. During his five years teaching at Herndon High School, he founded a Model United Nations Club at the school, mentored new teachers and proposed a new teacher education initiative, and redesigned the county’s U.S. and Virginia government Program of Studies to align with new state and national standards.

He also served as an assistant principal at Herndon High and an associate principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School before being named principal at Fairfax High School in 2005. Under his guidance, the achievement gap for Hispanic students in English and math SOL tests was eliminated, and enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at Fairfax High increased 54 percent during a three-year period. In collaboration with the City of Fairfax School Board and Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand worked to increase the staff development budget by $80,000 to support new instructional programs and teacher and staff development and mentoring.

In 2009, Dr. Brabrand was promoted to Cluster Assistant Superintendent, where he was responsible for 29 schools and more than 22,000 students, and provided collaborative leadership for 27 principals and administrators. Under his guidance, four of the cluster’s six Title 1 schools that were in state sanction for reading and math had those sanctions lifted, and the remaining two schools posted gains in reading and math on SOL tests. Dr. Brabrand developed a cluster strategic plan to increase student academic achievement in every school and site based on the implementation of professional learning communities, and was charged with overseeing the priority schools initiative, designed to increase academic achievement in 30 lower-performing schools.

Dr. Brabrand is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He earned a master’s degree in education from George Washington University, and an education specialist certification from Virginia Tech. Dr. Brabrand completed his doctorate in educational administration as part of Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program. His dissertation was on “Virginia Principals and School Law.” He has taught courses on public school law at Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and on instructional issues in K-12 education at the University of Virginia.

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