Brief Introduction to Fairfax County
Fairfax County was originally settled by Virginia and Maryland farmers in the early 1700’s. Named for Thomas, the 6th Lord of Fairfax, whose family, in 1742, was granted the land that is now Northern Virginia. The City of Fairfax began as the Town of Providence, established in 1805.
Conveniently located just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, Fairfax County offers all the big city amenities with plenty of small-town charm. Enjoy shopping at Tyson’s Corner, food from incredible restaurants, and then take a stroll along the Washington or Old Dominion Trail. Visit some of the most popular towns such as the City of Fairfax, Annandale, Lorton, Reston, or Mclean.
The Fairfax County Public School System (FCPS) is one of the largest public school systems in the country. FCPS serves a diverse population of more than 180,000 students who speak more than 200 different languages. The school system includes 38 alternative and non-traditional school programs, 142 elementary schools, 23 middle schools, 28 high schools, 6 secondary schools, and 8 special education schools. FCPS is also on of the largest employers in Virginia with almost 25,000 full-time employees.