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School Vision Statement 

  • Build one community committed to lifelong learning for all.

School Mission Statement 

  • Fairfax High School’s mission is to engage a community of creative, diverse learners through high expectations in academically challenging and socially responsible programs, in a safe and secure environment, while providing support for each learner in preparing for a productive future.

School and Community Profile

  • FHS has a rich history and tradition that dates back to 1935. The current high school was built in 1972 and renovated in 2007. While it is operated by Fairfax County Public Schools, it is owned by and located in the City of Fairfax. The student population comprises approximately sixty-five percent county residents and thirty-five percent city residents. The high school enjoys the positive benefits of a special relationship with the city school government and the county school government.

  • FHS has approximately 2280 students in Grades 9 through 12 with approximately 550 seniors. We are a majority minority school with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Approximately 13 percent of all students, are projected to receive services for English learners (EL) with around 12 percent, are projected to receive special education services. More than 725 FCPS students, or 32 percent of all students, are eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program (FRM). The school met all state and federal requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.

Student Discipline

  • It is the student’s responsibility to disclose discipline infractions to postsecondary institutions. FCPS does not disclose students’ disciplinary information without express written consent from the parent or guardian or eligible student.

Graduation Requirements

  • FCPS has additional requirements for the standard diploma beyond those of the Virginia Board of Education. Students must earn three credits in science in three different lab areas and four credits in social studies for an FCPS standard diploma.  More information about graduation requirements and course planning.

FCPS Profile


  • FHS offers 29 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Honors (HN) programs in English, history, science and math, seven world languages, internship opportunities, on-site vocational training, and a full range of fine and performing arts. Students with learning disabilities and students whose primary language is not English are served by specially adapted instructional programs. Additionally, athletics, performing arts, and a wide range of clubs and activities are available to students.
  • Six high school academies offer technical and specialized courses not found at all high schools. Career and Technical Education (CTE), fine arts, and world languages courses are accessed by students from all high schools. CTE courses offer numerous credentialing opportunities for students who pass industry certification exams.
  • FHS houses the Fairfax Academy which offers career- oriented, advanced, and specialized courses in the fields of arts and communication.

Grading Scale & GPA

  • Grade point average (GPA) is calculated on the basis of all high school courses for which credit has been earned, attempted, and previously awarded. High school courses taken in middle school may be expunged from the high school transcript. The parent must submit a request within nine weeks of his and/or her child entering an FCPS high school.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools does not rank students.

A (93-100) 4.0 C (73-76) 2.0
A - (90-92) 3.7 C- (70-72) 1.7
B+ (87-89) 3.3 D+ (67-69) 1.3
B (83-86) 3.0 D (64-66) 1.0
B- (80-82) 2.7 F (50-63) 0.0
C+ (77-79) 2.3    

P: Pass                                  

WP: Withdrawal Pass

WF: Withdrawal Fail

NM: No Mark (No Credit)

T: Audit (No Credit)

Additional Weighting

  • Honors courses are weighted with an additional 0.50 quality points.
  • AP Courses, Dual Enrollment, and post-advanced courses are weighted with an additional 1.0 quality points.

AP & Dual-Enrolled Courses

Dual Enrollment & Post-Advanced (+1.0)

Adv Computer Science AB

Computer Systems

English 12 DE

Entrepreneurship DE

French DE

Geospatial Analysis

Latin DE

Matrix Algebra

Multivariable Calculous

Advanced Placement (+1.0)                             

Art 2D                                           Latin Lang

Art 3D                                           Micro/Mac Econ*

Art Drawing                                  Music Theory

Biology                                          Physics 1

Calculus AB                                 Physics C

Calculus BC                                 Physics C E&M

Chemistry                                     Psychology

Computer Sci A                           Spanish Lang

English Lang                                Statistics

English Lit                                    US Comp Govt

Enviro Science                             US Govt/Pol

French Lang                                 US History

German Lang                               World History Human Geography

Honors & Advanced Courses (+0.5)                     

Algebra 2 HN                               Geosystems HN

Biology HN                                  Latin 4* & 5

Chemistry HN                              Physics HN

English 9 HN                               Pre-Calculus HN

English 10 HN                             Spanish 4 & 5

English 11 HN                             STEM & Adv STEM

English 12 HN                             US/VA History HN

French 4*                                      US Gov HN

German 4                                      World History/Geog 1 HN

Geometry HN                              World History/Geog 2 HN

*Not offered in-person at FHS for SY21-22


Grading Policy Changes Affecting the 2020-21 School Year

To provide increased flexibility to students and ensure they were not penalized by the challenges of distance learning, FCPS made the following changes to the high school grading policy for the 2020-21 school year only. These changes were announced in March of 2021. They included:

  • Use of No Mark (NM) instead of F grades for all courses. No credit was awarded, and the course was not factored into the student’s grade point average (GPA).
  • Students/families could choose a mark of “P” (pass) instead of passing letter grades as their final mark in up to two current high school courses. Students had the opportunity to choose this through fourth quarter. This flexibility is in addition to the allowances for designating courses as pass/fail at the beginning of the school year. Therefore, a student’s transcript may include more marks of “P” than typically seen on an FCPS transcript.

Additional information can be found on the Secondary Grading and Reporting website at reporting/secondary.

Testing Information

  • CEEB Code 470785

SAT Score Averages - Class of 2020

  Composite ERW Math
FHS 1220 611 609
FCPS 1211 604 549
Virginia 1119 567 551
USA 1051 528 607

ACT Score Averages - Class of 2020

FHS 25.0
FCPS 26.8
Virginia 24.4
USA 20.6

Counselor Information

Student Last Name






Sylvia Headen



Nikki Bender



Meg Perepiczka



Tiffany Haddock



Luke Donald



Aja Adu-Gyamfi



Liz Velazco



Jenny Payne



Tracy Hartley


Statistics From 2020-2021

  • Through an annual survey of all seniors, the class of 2021 reported 83% of FHS students are pursuing higher education:
  • 60% attend four-year colleges 23% attend two-year colleges

Accredited by Virginia State Board of Education.