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Falls Church High School

Public | 9-12 | 1601 students

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Posted November 16, 2014

Falls Church is a hidden gem. Advanced students can (and do/my son is Advanced academics, tri-athelete honor roll) excel in a small-medium high school environment; especially because the student and teacher culture is intimate, and NON-CLIQUE, NON-BULLYING... All students work together and help and support each other. Your child won't get lost in a crowd! Solid sports programs, depending on the sport; student with that aptitude attract college recruiters. Truly a hidden and under-rated gem of a school. No crime or drug problems; these kids are mostly good solid kids and citizens. Our son has truly excelled there, and after one week, he loved it so much he flat out refused the thought of moving to a more 'prestigious' (snobby, big, clicky) nearby district. This intimate and personal learning environment is like what smaller high schools used to be; but are so hard to find now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2014

Falls Church HS is the smallest HS in Fairfax County with a small town feel - Fabulous teachers and terrific student body! These young adults succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2014

In 2014 FCHS SAT scores trended upward while the rest of the state and the nation trended downward or just held steady in all three areas. This tells you a lot about how well the teachers are doing in this diverse school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

Falls Church High School is a small international public school inside the beltway that is underrated. I have been offered the opportunity for more prestigious jobs at other schools, but I have chosen to stay at Falls Church because the students and teachers are world class. We have teachers from the top universities in the U.S., and a few of us have doctorates. I teach at Falls Church during the day and at GMU at night. If you want a diverse and caring atmosphere for your child with exceptional extra-curricular opportunities, then Falls Church High School should be on your list of schools to consider.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 20, 2013

Falls Church High School is the best kept secret in Fairfax County. Don't be fooled by what you hear (most people with negative comments have never attended this school). My kids have been at FCHS for 7 years. If you want your child to be at a small school, where everyone knows you and accepts you and wants your child to succeed at all costs, then FCHS is the school for you. I have never seen such kind kids and faculty, with so much school spirit. The class sizes are small, communication from the teachers is amazing (progress reports every other week sent electronically), and the teachers are so accommodating to staying after to help our students succeed. The pride of being a Jaguar is paramount and the sense of community is of no other. I would highly recommend this high school to anyone in this community and feel sorry for those who listen to silly rumors and not allow their children to have such a wonderful high school experience of a stress free community where everyone accepts eachother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2012

Falls Church High School is a treasure! This school has educated all of my children over the past 9 years and did a fabulous job! The band program is probably the best in FCPS with the most dedicated director you will find anywhere. The athletics program provides participation opportunities for any student who wants to be involved. The principal is passionate about student achievement and strives that every student is personally known by someone at the school. The teachers send electronic progress reports to parents every two weeks and they offer a multitude of opportunities for students to receive extra time and attention if they need help with the content. The teachers care not only about their subject matter, but also about the kids. They strive for active and engaging learning experiences that are not strictly boring lectures. This is a GREAT school that is sometimes overlooked due to a long past reputation that is not accurate. The building needs renovation, but inside the teachers, staff, AND students are the BEST! I support this school wholeheartedly! At this school, students get a small-school experience in a very big school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

My kids really need a strong no-nonsense culture at the school they attend. My kids will not do well in an culture/environment that is full of distractions and kids that are not committed to learning. I understand this school has a strong AP program, but what about the kids that are not AP? I am a little concerned about my kids attending this school.


Posted January 14, 2012

Falls Church is a wonderful high school. We have one son in college who received an excellent education that has prepared him for college and life. We have two more sons at FCHS now who could not be happier. They are in Honors and AP classes with their friends and play on 4 sports teams. Because FCHS is a small school, our kids get to play the sport of their choice; kids at other high schools can't always do that! Any negative buzz about FCHS is false, spread by people who may not want their kids to go to an academically rigorous school with a diverse population. Spend 30 minutes here and you know the students, teachers, and administration are the best you can find. (Yes, the building needs renovation, but we are working on that!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

Falls Church is an awesome school with great administrators, teachers and students. We are working on updating the building conditions but the children there are doing well despite of needing renovations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

This is a very small school in a very large and often uncaring school system. It is like a breath of fresh air compared with other high schools we have been exposed to. The student body is very diverse, yet there are no fights and little drug use. Students find opportunities to excel that might not happen at other bigger schools. I think of one girl we knew whose parents did not speak much English. She was an AP scholar, a top musician, and a 3 sport athlete. She received a full academic scholarship to college. In another Fairfax County school, she would have been just another kid. But Falls Church has teachers, administrators, and a principal who push kids like her to excel and the opportunities are there for the taking. The new principal is a strict, loving mother who wants the best for all "her kids." She is the best thing to happen to this school in years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

I am a teacher at this school and I love it! The teachers are constantly working together in teams, striving to develop lesson plans that assist the learning of all students. I've been at some schools where the teachers leave faster than the students at the end of the day-- not here. Any day of the week you can find dozens of teachers staying late, working with students. The students themselves help make this school to be as wonderful as it is-- their willingness to help each other, their appreciation for help from staff and peers, and their appreciation for diversity is incredible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 1, 2008

Falls Church is a great environment with quality teachers and a good attitude.
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

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  • 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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Algebra II

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

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

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

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
World History II

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

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students60%
Female students64%
Male students56%
Black students60%
Asian students76%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English64%

Algebra II

All Students74%
Female students77%
Male students71%
Black students71%
Asian students90%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial55%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English80%

Biology

All Students77%
Female students75%
Male students79%
Black students71%
Asian students87%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial72%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English90%

Chemistry

All Students74%
Female students76%
Male students72%
Black students74%
Asian students88%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial82%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English87%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female students87%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English91%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students89%
Black students88%
Asian students94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students85%
Black students87%
Asian students95%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female students78%
Male students75%
Black students73%
Asian students91%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial92%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English85%

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 Students100%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in English100%

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 Students90%
Female students90%
Male students89%
Black students85%
Asian students98%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students81%
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 Students85%
Female students81%
Male students88%
Black students87%
Asian students97%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial82%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English94%

World History II

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students84%
Asian students94%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English94%
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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Music
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  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Cathy Benner

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  • Gym
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  • 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

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Dance
  • Drama
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7521 Jaguar Trail
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (703) 207-4000

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