Falls Church City Public Schools believes in lifelong learning for all: students and teachers, as well as parents and guardians. FCCPS Parent University provides opportunities throughout the year for parents and guardians to get smarter about school, child development, parenting, education, community. FCCPS Parent University offers programs through FCCPS and our partners for parents of children in every grade.

The number of programs can get overwhelming, and that's why FCCPS pulled it all together under the Parent University umbrella. Parent University provides key information about every single program that helps parents get smarter about school. 


College Readiness: Your Neurodiverse Teen and Academic Self-Advocacy

A Free Webinar for 9th - 12th Grade Parents

April 13, 2021  7:00 - 8:00pm

Anticipating the shift from high school to college can feel overwhelming for parents and teens; neurodiverse teens may face even more challenges in navigating this transition. Approaching this shift as a gradual process of moving your child from dependence to independence -- and beginning this process well before the transition to college -- can make this change less daunting.

In this webinar, parents of high school students will learn:

•How to help your child build academic self-advocacy skills, including awareness of their learning needs and school accommodations, so they can thrive in their transition to college

•The differences between academic expectations in high school and in college

•Ways to expand your child’s ability to independently problem-solve

•How to shift from the role of high school parent to college parent and the limitations imposed on college parents by FERPA regulations

Helping your child take charge of their academics doesn’t mean they have to do it alone. With the right self-advocacy skills, your child will be able to request accommodations in college, find information, and comfortably ask for help.

We’ll show you how.  

Presenters Andrea Malkin Brenner and Laura Lorenzen share their expertise in the fields of transition planning, college readiness, and special education.  

Laura Lorenzen, MSW, a special education advocate and parent coach, is the Founder of District Special Education Partners. She has spent nearly 20 years creating high quality and empowering programming for neurodiverse students, including serving as Director of Student Support at a DC charter school named as a “Center of Excellence” by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. Laura is the parent of a young adult with disabilities.

Andrea Malkin Brenner, PhD is a college transitions educator, speaker, and co-author of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There). She taught at American University for over 20

Register for program here.



FCCPS Parent University

  • School Principals & Counselors

  • GMHS College and Career Office

  • International Baccalaureate Programme Coordinators

  • Special Education and Student Services Team

  • Family Resource Center and Language Instruction Team

  • Educational Technology Team

  • Health & Wellness Advisory Committee

  • GMHS Athletics and Athletic Boosters

  • GMHS PTSA, MEHMS PTA, Falls Church Elementary PTA

  • Falls Church Education Foundation

  • Falls Church Band and Choral Boosters

  • Fairfax County Public Schools Special Education Programs open to FCCPS families

  • Fairfax County Department of Family Services Parenting Education Programs


FCCPS Parent University

Over the course of a school year, there are numerous opportunities for parents to discover what is happening in school, and learn how they can be involved in their child's education. Topics include

  • using school technology like Schoology and PowerSchool

  • curriculum

  • study habits

  • class registration

  • athletics

  • nutrition

  • music education

  • mental health

  • social and emotional development

  • concussion prevention and treatment

  • Primary Years Programme

  • Middle Years Programme

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma and Course Certificates

  • extracurricular activities

  • special education 

  • college preparation and applications