My middle daughter has had a great experience at this school. She is a very bright girl who has gone all they way through FCPS's version of a GT Program (a full-time program where you attend a "center" in an elementary school that may not be your own). She has had many opportunities to participate in sports and extracurricular activities. They have a large selection of AP classes, which has given her more choice in what AP's she wants to take.
Like all public schools, it was not great for my oldest daughter who had some special needs but fell into a gray area--her grades were too good to get much in the way of extra services and she was well-behaved in class (but she was really just zoning out). She not attends a private school that meets her unique special needs but does not provide her with the wealth of opportunities she had at FCHS.
There is not always too much homework but the teachers all seem to assign projects at the same time--the end of the marking period. I think they should spread this out a bit. My daughter at times became completely overwhelmed.
While my personal experience has been that the kids are polite and well-behaved in school, when participating in after-school activities, many of the students do not comply with FCPS policy on drug and alcohol use and it is often ignored by the school. Like all schools in NoVA, parents look the other way when it comes to their child's illegal activities as long as they have great grades and get into a good college.
The staff are always friendly and go out of their way to make you feel more comfortable. The school population is relatively small meaning it's easier to make it onto sports team and try new things. Having a smaller class body also make it easier to make friends. Teachers really push for good grades and to study hard which is great! The only downside is that the school is really rundown and it's in serious need of a renovation. New technology will help improve the school and moral.
Great school! Falls Church HS has a broad range of Honors and AP curricula, including various excellent computer science (CS) offerings. The diverse student body ranges from all economic strata, cultures and races. The school encourages focus on academic success, and college preparatory education. The school offers college placement exam prep classes, hosts various tutoring programs by Honor Society members (National, Math, Language, etc), and Saturday study. FCHS' technology, CS and STEM education & extracurricular offerings are getting national attention, and has witnessed widespread participation by girls through its Girls in Tech (GiTech) club. FCHS has an active CyberPatriot team competing in cybersecurity competitions, 3D Game Design (working on the Unity game engine), and a strong Robotics Club providing project-based learning opportunities, getting students to work in cross-disciplinary teams. Robotics hosted an NXT/Sumobot Competition in October 2014, fielded a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, and several VEX Robotics Competition teams (one advanced to the Virginia State Tourney in 2015). Students participate in DC area Hackathons such as PilotDC at Microsoft.
Falls Church High School is a great place to go to school! In general the teachers genuinely care about the success of their students and are willing to stay after school to help us. Because FCHS is smaller than other FCPS schools, there are increased opportunities to participate in sports and clubs. The smaller student body also results in a stronger sense of community. One downside is that we have not been renovated in a long time and the school is becoming worn down.
It's a good school with some pretty great teachers. Offers many classes and academies to allow students to choose from a wider variety of programs and studies. With more money from the government to purchase more technologies, such as computers, 3-D printers, and better internet; it will greatly improve the educational experience for students attending Falls Church HS in the future.