Having recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, Fairfax High School has a rich history and tradition that dates back to 1936. The current facility, built in 1972, is located in the City of Fairfax and was upgraded in 2007 with a $54-million-dollar renovation. The high school enjoys the positive benefits of a special relationship with the city school government and the county school government. The student population comprises approximately 65 percent county residents and 35 percent city residents. As a community center for the City of Fairfax, the high school is an active facility with many evening and weekend community programs.
Fairfax High School offers a broad and challenging curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse population. The high school offers Advanced Placement courses, honors programs in all academic areas, six world languages, internship opportunities, on-site vocational training, and a full range of fine and performing arts. Students who speak English as a second language and students with disabilities are served by specially adapted instructional programs. We believe that all students can learn and develop to perform at high standards, and time for students to receive additional academic support needed is built into our instructional schedule. Our academic programs seek to promote Career or Future Readiness among our students so that they will graduate Fairfax High School not only with options, but with the skills to be creative and critical thinkers as well as to communicate and collaborate with people around the world.
The Fairfax High School staff works in course-based collaborative teams teaching curriculum designed to promote student mastery of skills and knowledge. The collaborative teams meet frequently to develop skill-based outcomes and examine student performance results to highlight student successes as well as address individual needs of their students. Staff collaboration centers on professional and student learning to develop a sustainable model of continuous improvement. Preparing students for their future – whether it be college, military service, or the workforce – is the focus for our academic program. Approximately 90 percent of our students continue their education in postsecondary institutions. Our school counselors and Student Services team – which is RAMP-certified (Recognized ASCA Model Program) – provides academic and socio-emotional support for our students in addition to college and career advising as they move through grades 9-12.
A wide range of athletic programs and club activities are available to students. Students from across Fairfax County come to the Fairfax High School Academy for Communications and the Arts to participate in specialized, advanced courses in a variety of communications, visual, and performing arts fields. Emphasis is placed on the integration of academic and career preparation, incorporating the latest technologies.
Last Updated: 2012-07-24