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About FCCPS


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Falls Church City Public Schools officially became an independent school system on June 27, 1949, when the Virginia Board of Education authorized its separation from the Fairfax County school system. Falls Church had obtained the enabling legislation to form an independent city in the year before, 1948.

Falls Church City Public Schools enjoys an international reputation for excellence, and the division is committed to maintaining its standing as the premier K-12 International Baccalaureate school system in the nation. Our five schools serve some 2700 students including some tuition students who live in communities outside the City of Falls Church.

Mission Statement

Falls Church City Public Schools is a student‐centered, innovative, and inclusive community of lifelong learners. We aspire to be the premier International Baccalaureate school division. We strive to create a personalized environment that supports each child's unique needs and prepares every student to be a responsible, caring, and internationally-minded citizen.

To that end, we will continuously improve as a learning organization.
The Falls Church City Public Schools Triennial Plan for 2018-2020 focuses on the following five priorities:

  • Student-Centered Teaching and Learning
  • Excellent Staff
  • Optimal Facilities and Learning Environments
  • Fiscal Management
  • Community Engagement

Our FY2020 Budget

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Operating budget, local funds - $43,255,777
Operating budget, state funds - $7,036,195
Operating budget, federal funds - $586,162
Total operating budget - $52,300,119

Per pupil expenditure - $18,373
Beginning teacher salary - $51,599
Average teacher salary - $82,518

Our Schools

Jessie Thackrey Preschool - PreK   Special needs preschool and family literacy programs
Mount Daniel Elementary - Grades K-2
Thomas Jefferson Elementary - Grades 3-5
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School - Grades 6-8
George Mason High School - Grades 9-12

Our Employees

Total number of full-time positions -388
Total number of full-time classroom teaching positions - 208
Total number of support staff - 195
Total number of administrators - 23
Professional staff with advanced degrees - 217

Our Students (as of September 30, 2019)

Total number of students enrolled (PK-12) - 2628
Jessie Thackrey Preschool (PK) - 64
Mount Daniel Elementary (K-2) - 527
Thomas Jefferson Elementary (3-5) - 550 
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (6-8) - 662
George Mason High School (9-12) - 845

Graduates

Total number of 2019 graduates - 207
International Baccalaureate participants - 161
International Baccalaureate diplomas awarded - 42
On-time graduation rate - 99.5%
Graduates seeking post-secondary education - 98.1%

2019 SAT Scores

FCCPS average - 1261
Virginia average - 1119
National average - 1059
Percentage of FCCPS seniors who took the SAT - 88%

Ethnic Distribution of Students

Caucasian - 62.9%
Hispanic - 13.8%
African-American - 3.4%
Asian - 8%
Native American - 0.1%
Two or more - 11.9%

International Composition of students

Native languages spoken by students - 33
English for Speakers of Other Languages enrollment (ESOL) - 148

Child Nutrition

Lunches served daily - 790
Lunch prices: Elementary School - $3.00
Middle & High School - $4.00
Adult - $3.25 - Breakfast, $4.25 - Lunch
Breakfast prices: All schools - $2.50
Students qualifying for free/reduced-price lunch - 8.4%

Transportation

Total number of school buses - 18
Total number of daily bus runs - 36  

Miles traveled yearly - 166,094 703 

Field Trips totalling 46,193 miles