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If you're moving to Northern Virginia, and have children, then schools will be an important factor in your decision re: where to live. 
 
As most of us know, most colleges and universities consider 3 primary factors -- along with other factors – in determining which student/applicants to admit to their schools: (1) SAT scores, (2) grades, and (3) the caliber of the school from which the child received those grades.   Reality is that for most/many parents, college is already in the back of our minds even when our child is 6 years old and we’re selecting his/her elementary school.    
 
Below are several lists & resources to assist you in determining which Northern Virginia school is the best fit for your child.  SAT scores, and lower school standardized test scores, are certainly one important factor that parents will want to consider but it should not be the only, or even the primary, consideration.
Our children learn differently and truly need the best learning environment for them – tailored to their learning needs.  That may not be the school with the highest SAT scores
 
Parents, of course, are the best judge of their children’s specific learning needs.  As much as we all may want to believe that our child is one of the “best & brightest” that’s not always the case and it doesn’t need to be. 
 
One important consideration in selecting a school might be how much academic pressure and competition we want our child exposed to/burdened with.  Langley HS, for example, is ranked in the Top 50 High Schools Nationwide in the 2009 #47 to be exact. Those teens score very high on the SATs.  As such, there may well be a good bit of pressure & competition between the kids themselves to excel academically.  Attaining admittance to the top colleges in the nation simply is very competitive.  Is it best for our child to be among the kids receiving the lowest test scores at Langley or would it be better for our child (psychologically and academically) to be among the highest/higher scoring kids at a different Northern VA high school?  
 
Academic programs and class size (one-on-one attention) are also important factors to consider.  Today, lots of kids have special needs, i.e., ADD or ADHD or Dyslexia, etc.  The school that offers the best overall fit for a child’s specific needs and learning-style truly should be the most important consideration. 
 
All of our Northern Virginia schools are excellent to very good which is evident in the various 2009 reports ranking high schools nationwide. The US News & World Reports Review takes it’s data substantially from the stats provided by the College Board.   

As a Realtor, I do not recommend one school over another to my clients because I have no idea which of our excellent Northern Virginia schools would be the best fit for your child.  Only you know that.  Instead, I’ve tried to collect the best information & resources that I could find to assist you in determining that best school for your child.

 

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOLS  (FCPS)

K-12 Public School Boundary Search Engine

Find your child's school by entering the property address of the home you want to buy... OR search by School Boundary Map to locate all areas/communites that feed into that school.  Be sure to review the:  Current School Boundary Studies

K-12 Public School Profiles

After determining your child's school using the School Boundary Search, click on the drop-down menu "elementary, middle or secondary" school lists. Click on desired school to review it's data.  Most school profiles also include links to individual school websites. 

SOL Test Scores (Grades: 3 -8)

Test data from the VA Department of Education.  Search by: county; search by: individual school.  It appears the Fairfax County Public School's website now only provides general county test results. To review and compare the academic performance of students at all K-8 public schools in Northern Virginia, see the independent site: Fairfax County School Ranks   Note: SOL & Stanford Test Scores shouldn't be the only, or even primary, factor used to select a school. Still, parents should at least have the opportunity to review the data. Current data is included below:

Standards of Learning Test (SOL)What is it?   VA DOE: Understanding Your Childs SOL Report

Stanford Achievement Test ("Stanford"): What is it?

2008-2011 FCPS SOL and Stanford Test Results: provided by Independent Source: SchoolRanks.com

** LEP = Limited English Proficiency

Elementary School Test Results

SOL Tests: 

  • 3rd Grade: History/Social Studies, Math, LEP Math, Reading & Science
  • 5th Grade: Math, LEP Math, Reading, Writing, Science & VA studies

Stanford Tests: 

  • 4th Grade: Math, LEP Math & Reading
  • 6th Grade: Math, LEP Math, Reading & U.S. History

Middle School Test Results

SOL Tests: 

  • 8th Grade: Math, LEP Math, Writing, Reading, Reading/Lit/Research, Science & Civics/Econ

 

Stanford Tests: 

  • 7th Grade: Math, LEP Math & Reading & U.S., History
  • 9th Grade: Algebra I, Algebra II & Geometry

 
SAT Test Scores (Grades: 9 - 12)

Review and compare 2007-2009 FCPS student academic performance (most recent data). Table 2  lists the SAT scores by school.   FCPS Explanation of Scoring.    2009-2010 SAT Test Schedule   SAT Scores (by independent SchoolRanks)

SAT (SAT Reasoning Test) (formerly: Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test): What is it?

Advanced Placement (AP): What is it?    International Baccalaureate (IB)What is it?

IB Diploma Candiates by School (Table 12)
 
SOL Test Results by SubjectEnglish Reading, Writing,  Algrebra I, Algrebra II, Geomoetry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Virginia & US History, World History & Geography.     FCPS High School SOL Training & Remediation Resources
 
See also
2009 - 2012 Best High Schools Nationwide (US News & World Reports)


 

Selected Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) Links

Administrative & Calendars
 
Academic & Activities Programs
Current List of TUTORS
Pre-1st Grade Programs & K-8 After Care
 
School Security & Health
 
 
Student Athletics & Activites
Physical Education (K-12)
 

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ALEXANDRIA CITY SCHOOLS  (ACPS)


K-12 Public School Boundary Search Engine

Find your child's school by entering the property address of the home you want to buy.  Locate neighborhood schools via map


K-12 Public School Profiles

Information includes: list of all Alexandria City Schools (Elementary, Middle & Secondary), Maps, School Profiles and links to each school's website.  Also review:  Charter Schools (Info & Applications; .pdf doc)


SOL Test Scores (Grades: 3 -8)

Review and compare the 2009 academic performance of students at all K-8 public schools in Alexandria City IN the Virginia Alternative & Alternate Testing Program Results (VGLA-VAAP-VSEP)  See Tables: 5, 6, 7 & 9 for individual school test results. SOL (Standards of LearningSpring 2007 SOL Test Results (K-12) are the most recent SOL information available.  See:  Virginia DOE School Report Cards: enter: Alexandria city from the drop-down menu and click on the Alexandrai City school that interests you.


SAT Test Scores (Grades: 9 - 12)

Review the SAT Scores for TC Williams High School students.  TC is the only High school in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.     2009-2010 SAT Test Schedule    Photos of newly renovated, state-of-the-art TC Williams High School.

 

 Selected Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) Links

 
Administrative & Calendars
ACPS Home Page
 
Academic Programs
Special Education Parent Resources
ESL (English as a 2nd language)
 
Pre-1st Grade Programs & K-8 After Care
 
School Safety & Health
Student Athletics & Activites

Fine Arts Curriculum (band,etc)

 

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ARLINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS (APS)

K-12 Public School Boundary Search Engine

Find your child's school by entering the property address of the home you want to buy... OR search by School Boundary Map to locate all areas/communites that feed into that school.  Review:  School Boundary Info


K-12 Public School Profiles

After determining your child's school using the School Boundary Search, review the profile of the school that interests you. Profiles include school addresses & phone numbers.  Most school profiles also include links to individual school websites.   Arlington Traditional Elementary School

SOL Test Scores (Grades: 3 -8)

Test data from the VA Department of Education.  Search by: county; search by: individual school.  It appears the Arlington County Public School's website now only provides general county 2009 test results or no 2009 scores. To review and compare the academic performance of Arlington County students, see the most recent SOL scores:  2007-2008 Arlington County SOL Test Scores (Grades 3-12)  

Standards of Learning Test (SOL)What is it?   VA DOE: Understanding Your Childs SOL Report

Stanford Achievement Test ("Stanford"): What is it?       APS Stanford Test Explanation

** ES = Elementary School   MS = Middle School   HS = High School

2007 List: ES SOL Scores

2008 SOL Scores (p. 99): 

  • 5th Grade: Math, Reading, Writing, Science & History

2007 List: MS SOL Scores

2008 SOL Scores (p. 253): 

  • 8th Grade: Algebra I, Geomotry, World Geography

 

2007 List: HS SOL Scores

2008 SOL Scores (p. 293): 

  • Subjects: Writing, Reading, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, US History, Wolrd History, Geography, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry

 

2006 Stanford Tests: (most recent scores)

  • Appendix I (PDF p. 36) & Appendix 2 (PDF p. 94)
  • 4th Grade (P. 38): Math, Reading, languange, spelling, Science
  • 6th Grade (P. 82): Math, Language, Reading, Spelling, Science & U.S. History

 

SAT Test Scores (Grades: 9 - 12)

As of March 2010, the 2007-2008 Test results are the most recent available scores. 

SAT (SAT Reasoning Test) (formerly: Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test): What is it?

Advanced Placement (AP): What is it?       2009 AP Scores by School     2009 AP Scores by Subject & School

International Baccalaureate (IB)What is it?    Only  2009 Washington-Lee HS IB Exam Scores exist as of 3/2010  APS IB Program Description

See also
2009 Best High Schools Nationwide (US News & World Reports)


 

Selected Arlington County Public School (APS) Links

 

 

 

Administrative & Calendars
 
Academic & Activities Programs
APS Quick Facts  (2009-2011)
Tutoring
Pre-1st Grade Programs & K-8 After Care
 
School Security & Health

 

 
 
 

 

 

Student Athletics & Activites
 
 

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FAIRFAX CITY SCHOOLS

***See Fairfax County Public School Resources (FCPS).  Fairfax City Schools use the services of FCPS

K-12 Public School Boundary Search Engine 

Map of the City of Fairfax.


K-12 Public School Profiles

** ES = Elementary School   MS = Middle School   HS = High School

3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030
3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
3616 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
3705 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 219-2200
(703) 934-2400
(703) 460-4400
(703) 279-8400
 

SOL Test Scores (Grades: 3 -8)

Refer to the FCPS section above for Fairfax City Schools 


SAT Test Scores (Grades: 9 - 12)

Review the SAT & AP Scores for Fairfax High School students from the Fairfax County School FCPS Secton.  Fairfax HS is the only High school in the City of Fairfax, Virginia.   

See also:  Virginia DOE School Report Cards: enter: Fairfax County from the drop-down menu and click on the Fairfax, Laniar, Providence or Daniels Run. 

 

 Selected Fairfax City Public School Links

**See Fairfax County Public School Section (FCPS)

 
Administrative & Calendars
Fairfax City Schools Home Page
 

 
Academic Programs
How to Apply To College Handbook

 

 

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FALLS CHURCH CITY SCHOOLS (FCCPS)

FCCPS Main Sites

 

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY SCHOOLS (PWCS)

 PWCS Main Sites

 

LOUDOUN COUNTY SCHOOLS  (LCPS)

 LCPS Main Sites

K-12 Public School Boundary Search Engine

Find your child's school for the 2010-2011 School Year by entering the property's zip code of the home you want to buy... You may need to sign-in here & check the disclaimer  OR search by School Boundary Map by street address to  locate all areas/communites that feed into that school.  Review:  School Boundary Info & Regulations

K-12 Public School Profiles

After determining your child's school using the School Boundary Search, review the profile of the school that interests you. Profiles include school addresses & phone numbers.  Most school profiles also include links to individual school websites.  The list of Loudoun County School profiles is located in the very top left corner of the main webpage

Test Scores (Grades: 3 -8)

 

 

Test data from the VA Department of Education.  Search by: county; search by: individual school.  To review and compare the academic performance of Loudoun County students, see: 

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)  Scores:  What is it?

2008 ITBS Test Scores are the most recent.  22 page report in .PDF

Standards of Learning Test (SOL)What is it?   VA DOE: Understanding Your Childs SOL Report

2005 SOL Test Scores are the most recent.  35 page report in .PDF  Test results for Grades 3- 8. See page 3 for a list of skills tested by grade level.

Stanford Achievement Test ("Stanford"): What is it?       

2006 Stanford Test Scores are the most recent.  12 page report in .PDF. Test results for Grade 8.

SAT Test Scores (Grades: 9 - 12)

The 2009 Test results are the most recent available scores. The report (.PDF) is 60 pages long and the scores are provided by school (each w/approx 3 pages before reaching the next HSs test scores).  No helpful one page list of HS SAT scores side-by-side. 

SAT (SAT Reasoning Test) (formerly: Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test): What is it?

See also
2009 Best High Schools Nationwide (US News & World Reports)

 

Selected Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) Links

Administrative & Calendars
 
Academic & Activities Programs
LCPS Quick Facts  (2009-2010)
 
Curriculum: Course Descriptions by Grade
Tutor List
Pre-1st Grade Programs & K-8 After Care
Extended Day
 
School Security & Health

 

 
 
 

 


Student Athletics & Activites
 

 

 

 

STAFFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS (SCPS)

 SCPS Main Sites

 

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PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS (K-12)

Search Engine:  Private Schools by County/City

 
Private School Review:   (good resource but missing schools) See School Lists below
School Search Engine: Virginia Private Schools  (by county/city)
Search Schools by Zip Code  (best way to search; use 10 to 20 mile radius)
 
 
Catholic Schools: Diocese of Arlington (Northern VA: 52 schools; over 17,000 students enrolled)
Elementary Schools  (Pre-K -8 with links to individual school sites)
High Schools  (Pre-K -8 with links to individual school sites)
2009-2010 Curriculum (by Subject & Grade level)
Frequently Asked Questions (with links to Answers)
 
Virginia Montessori Schools
School Search Engine   (with Links to individual school sites)
 
Day Care Centers (Pre-Kindergarten)
 
 
Fairfax County (FX) Government Child Care Resources (Excellent starting point for FX County)
 
Centers by County/City: (with Links to individual School sites)
 
Alexandria (City & County)
 
 
Prince William County

 

Loudoun County
 
 
 
Fairfax County
 
Military Base Child Care
  
 
 
  

 

List of Northern Virginia Private Schools by Grade Level Served:

(This section is incomplete but provides a quick link to schools and a different way to locate a school that meets your child's needs.  If a school link does not work,
refer to the search engine for Private schools by county/city below to locate the school's current site link)

 

 

Review: Private School Reviews'  website for VA schools
Review: Great Schools' website re: Northern Virginia schools

Guide: Choosing the Right School

Note:  FX = Fairfax County  AR = Arlington County  AX= Alexandria City & Alexandria w/in Fairfax County 
PW = Prince William County  LO = Loudoun County   ST = Stafford County
 
 
Pre-K - 2nd/3rd Grade
Pre-K - 4th/5th Grade
Pre-K - 6th Grade
Pre-Kl/K - 8th Grade
Pre-K/K - 12th Grade

ES - HS (3rd -12th Grade)
3rd - 6th Grade
4th - 8th Grade
JrH (6th - 8th Grade)
JrH - H (6th/8th - 12th Grade)
HS (9th - 12th Grade)
 
 
Boarding/Day - Boys (5/th/6th - 12th  Grade)
Boarding/Day - Girls (6th - 12th  Grade)
Boarding - Co-Ed (5th - 12th Grade)
 
 
 
 

  

Pre-school - Kindergarten

Schools with Multiple Locations:

Chesterbrook Academy Search Engine Several Northern Va schools (mostly Pre-K to K)
 
Kindercare Centers  Search Engine   About Kindercare: http://www.kindercare.org  and http://www.knowledgelearning.com/    

Virginia Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) Search Engine   About CCLC
 

Virginia Montessori Schools: See information above  

Alexandria
Elfland School, 4511 Glenwood Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310, 703-971-4337, Preschool - 1

Chesterbrook Academy - KIngstowne 200 Interparcel Road, 22315; 866-267-5685    

Old Town Montessori School, 115 S. Washington St., 22314; 703-684-7323; ages 2 1/2–6; $6,300–$7,240; 50 students; 

St. Clement Episcopal School, 1701 N. Quaker La., 22302; 703-998-8795; ages 2 1/2–5; $390 a month (half day), $680 (to 3 pm), $880 (to 6 pm); 60 students;

Arlington
Children’s House Montessori School, 2425 N. Glebe Rd., 22207; 703-276-1360; ages 2 1/2–5; $600–$800 a month; 80 students;

Fairfax Academy of Early Learning, 820 S. Carlin Spring Rd., 22204; 703-671-5555; age two–K; $165 a week; limited trans. extra; 275 students; 
    
Ashburn

Willow Montessori School, A Children's Learning House, 20854 Stubble Road, 20147; 703-729-5755,  We offer Toddler (18months - 3 years old) and Primary (ages 3-6) programs. Capacity is 180 children.

Burke

Kiddie Country I Developmental Learning Center, 6000 Schoolhouse Woods Rd., 22015; 703-250-6550; age two–K; $68–$236 a week; limited trans.; 125 students.

Kiddie Country II Developmental Learning Center, 9601 Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke 22015; 703-644-0066; age two–K; $68–$236 a week; 250 students.

Falls Church

Corpus Christi Early Childhood Center, 7506 St. Phillip’s Ct., 22042; 703-820-7450; age three–K; $100–$210 a month preschool; $2,926 (parishioners for K), $5,269 (nonparishioners for K); trans. extra; 211 students;
 

 

 

Pre-K to 6th Grade

 
Reston - Fairfax County
Academy of Christian Education, 1808-A Michael Faraday Ct., Reston 20190   Tuition:  $7,500–$8,500; 160 students;
 
 
Alexandria (City & County)
 
Arlington County (AR)
 
Prince William County
Dale City (PW)
Dumfries  (PW)
Lakeridge (PW)
Manassas (PW)
Manassas Park (PW)
Occoquan (PW)
Woodbridge (PW)

 

Loudoun County
Ashburn (LO)
Bristow (LO)
Leesburg (LO)
Middleburg (LO)
Sterling (LO)
 
 
 
Fairfax County
Annandale (FX)
Burke (FX)
Centreville (FX)
Chantilly (FX)
Clifton (FX)
Fairfax (FX)
Fairfax Station (FX)
Falls Church (FX)
Great Falls (FX)
Herndon (FX)
McLean (FX)
Lorton (FX)
Oakton (FX)
Reston (FX)
Springfield (FX)
Vienna (FX)
 
Stafford County (ST)

  
 
 
 
 

 

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SUMMER CAMPS

 

Loudoun County Summer Camps:  General

 

 

 

 

 

 BEST EDUCATION RESOURCES:

 

2012 List of All Ranked Schools Nationwide      Ranking Methodology   Total # of HSs Evaluated Nationwide: 22,000

2012 - All Virginia Schools Ranked  (2009 List no longer available - included 320 HSs in Virginia; 221 were eligible for full analysis; 36 made the list; see below).

2012 Northern VA Schools on LIst by County/City:

Alexandria City (AX): None

Arlington County: None

Falls Church City:
George Mason  (#2 Falls Church)
 
Fairfax City: None
Fairfax County (FX):
Thomas Jefferson (#1; Alex)
Langley (#6 McLean)
James Madison (#8 Vienna)
George Marshall  (#3 Falls Church)
Falls Church  (#22 Falls Church)
Robinson  (#5 Fairfax)
McLean (#4 McLean)
Lake Braddock (#11 Burke)
WT Woodson (#7  Fairfax)

Loudown County: Stone Bridge (#10 Ashburn)

Prince William Country:
Osbourn Park (#23 Manassas)
 
Stafford County:  None

2009 Northern VA Schools on LIst by County/City:

Alexandria City (AX): None

Arlington County: None

Falls Church City:
George Mason  (Falls Church)
 
Fairfax City: None
Fairfax County (FX):
Thomas Jefferson (#1; Alex)
Langley (McLean)
James Madison (Vienna)
George Marshall  (Falls Church)
 
McLean (McLean)
Lake Braddock (Burke)
WT Woodson (Fairfax)
Loudown County: None
 
Prince William Country:  None
 
Stafford County:  None

 

2012 Top 1000 Ranked Schools Nationwide    (To see VA Top Ranked High Schools, sort by state)    2009 Ranking 2009 Methodology     2012 Ranking Methodology    

All Ranked Virginia Schools (2009 List  - original no longer available - 320 High Schools in Virginia; 91 ranked in the top 1500 nationwide.  2009 rankings of N. Va High Schools are listed below. I extracted them back in 2009/2010 and just listed them myself)

Northern VA Schools on LIst by County/City (retained 2009 List (below) because 2012 Ranking for VA seems ...odd because Langley, Yorktown, Woodson, McLean didn't make the top 1000 Schools nationwide when they've been top ranked, nationwide, for ... decades ?):

Note: almost all N. Va HSs made this list & are listed by National Rank # & Name of School

831   TC Williams
 
72     WT Woodson (Fairfax)
 
101   Langley (McLean)
109   Lake Braddock (Burke)
115   McLean (McLean)
131   Centreville (Clifton)
136   Chantilly (Chantilly)
157   Oakton (Vienna)
158   Marshall** (Fairfax/FC?)
166   Herndon (Herndon)
176   South County (Lorton)
192   Westfield (Chantilly)
197   Falls Church (Falls Church)
198   James Madison (Vienna)
263   West Springfield (Springfield)
 
270   West Potomac (Alex??)
285   Stuart** (Falls Church)
304   Robinson** (Fx or Springfield?)
510   Hayfield (Alexandria)
798   Edison** (Alexandria)
1217  Mount Vernon (Alexandria)
 
132   Fairfax (Fairfax)
Arlington County:
37     H-B Woodlawn
68     Washington-Lee**
100   Yorktown
127   Wakefield
 
67     George Mason  (Falls Church)
 
145   Loudoun Valley (Purcellville)
146   Broad Run (Ashburn)
159   Stone Bridge (Ashburn)
196   Loudoun County (Leesburg)
232   Dominion (Sterling)
258   Potomac Falls (Potomac Falls)
464   Heritage (Leesburg)
 
265   Potomac** (Dumfries)
379   Hylton (Woodbridge)
 
519   Stafford (Falmouth)
 

 

 
Note:   Thomas Jefferson (TJ) which anked #1 in the Nation in the 2009 US News & World Reports LIst did not make this list of the top 1500. 
That may be because TJ is a school for primarily gifted students in Science & Technology)
** includes IB Test Scores

 

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Standards of Learning Test (SOL)What is it?  

VA DOE: Understanding Your Childs SOL Report

Stanford Achievement Test ("Stanford"): What is it?

SAT (SAT Reasoning Test) (formerly: Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test):

 

Advanced Placement Test (AP):  What is it?  and What is it by subject matter?

International Baccalaureate (IB)What is it?

 

Virginia Department of Education School Reports (search by county & school)

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     BEST EDUCATION RESOURCES:

 

List of All US Standardized Tests

How to Find the Right School

 


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