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Fairfax High School

Public | 9-12 | 2711 students

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Posted June 3, 2014

Outstanding prep for placement into some of the best colleges in America. Some of the brightest leaders of our future were built and molded at Fairfax High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

The rating of this school shows. The school is not competitive in any way. Students do not work on any kind of curriculum projects to enhance learning. Our child counselor did not provide much help even though we were new to the school. Students talk about their use of drugs. The only thing I like is the culture diversity in the school. WE ARE RELOCATING.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

The school is relative to the student. If you treat your teachers right and try your best you'll do well. It gives many opportunities and everyone should take advantage of them. Some teachers are great and others are terrible, it's basically the luck you have. Thw drug and sex problems are bigger than the school gets credit for. The counselors are very understnding and if you stay true to yourself and focus on school, you can make great friends, grades while having great times! It's all up to you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2013

It's my second year here, and I actually enjoy coming to school! Although the student body is comprised of well over 2,000 students, everyone is super close and ready to help one another! The teacher's I've had and have now are just plain awesome! Need I say anymore??!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2011

We just moved back to Northern Virginia - and considering schools across the country, the Fairfax County schools are top notch - and Fairfax HS is no exception. My daughter will be attending in the fall. Already we have letters recruiting for sports, and have attended 2 open houses (it's June now) for the fall. We made a schedule change, via email, and received - sure the change has been made and confirmation the same day. Everyone so far is so pleasant! The renovations make this building beautiful now as well! Rumors on the street are that most of the teachers are wonderful! We'll know more in the fall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

I go here for Academy and I don't have anything against the teacher or anything. If I had to compare this with my base school, this school is way better. Teachers are chill and the school has more freedom then my school. at least we can break dancing in the hallways.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2009

Fairfax is experiencing a true 'rebelution' if you will. All of the teachers are becoming more caring and enthusiastic. The other activities are also becoming more well known especially the arts programs. The administration especially works hard to keep the students safe and also make learning and coming to high school a positive experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

The school is one of the greatest in my mind. It would be foolish not to give if five stars. The teaching staff and the students make for an excellent learning experience for myself, and my peers. This is my second year at the school and I've already learned so much. It has given me a great advancement in knowledge and what information and criteria I'm going to need in the future when I go to college and begin my career. The school's rennovations are exceptional. Most of the money went towards the sports and education but I think more should have gone towards the arts such as music and drama. The arts are what keep Fairfax alive and spirited. I enjoy the school and I wouldn't want to go to any other school but Fairfax High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2008

The school is amazing it is my first year (class of 11) and I love the staff and atmosphere of the school. It just finished with a major renovation and the school looks great. The new principal is extremely active and respected by many of the students. There hasn t been more then a week that s passed that he hasn t come into one of my classes to check up on the students. The teachers are all very energetic and teach very well. There are many after-school activities and if a student can t find one, they can make one. All the students are very spirited and you can t find a student who won t show his/her rebel pride. Overall it s an amazing school and very diverse.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2006

The quality of academic programs at Fairfax is mixed. As in many Fairfax County Schools, there is great emphasis on AP classes, with the assumption that the more AP classes, the better. Unfortunately, many of the AP classes are not well taught. AP history and English classes are often geared to memorizing obscure facts or characters rather than understanding, say, the causes of the Civil War or the themes of Melville. College-bound, but not Harvard-bound, students are too often pushed into AP classes which do not serve them well. Fairfax is quite strong in extracuriccular activities. As a relatively small school, many of its sports teams are open to even marginally talented athletes. A majority of students at the school seem to participate. Parental involvement is strong, and the school is safe. The physicial building has been fairly cramped and dreary, but the school is currently undergoing a major renovation.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

671 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

670 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

695 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

606 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

574 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
99%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

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World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

661 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

728 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students82%
Female students88%
Male students77%
Black students80%
Asian students90%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English86%

Algebra II

All Students75%
Female students75%
Male students76%
Black students60%
Asian students88%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial84%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English77%

Biology

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students84%
Asian students94%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English96%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female students93%
Male students91%
Black students85%
Asian students97%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English95%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Female students84%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian students83%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English94%

English: Reading

All Students94%
Female students93%
Male students94%
Black students87%
Asian students95%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial89%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students95%
Female students97%
Male students93%
Black students90%
Asian students97%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial95%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students89%
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students76%
Asian students93%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial91%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English91%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students91%
Female students90%
Male students92%
Black students93%
Asian students91%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial94%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English94%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students96%
Black students86%
Asian students98%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students89%
Proficient in English98%

World History II

All Students94%
Female students92%
Male students96%
Black students92%
Asian students95%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students85%
Proficient in English97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Improv

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. David M Goldfarb

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Improv
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3501 Rebel Run
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 219-2200

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