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A solid school system

Fairfax County offers a very solid school system throughout all grade levels. Fairfax County public school district is the 12th largest school district in the country by enrollment. All schools have scored above both the state and national average on all standardized tests that have been administered. Also, the high schools in Fairfax County have graduation rates that are well above the state average. Also, the schools in Fairfax County offer extensive extra-curricular activities for students whose interests in schools exceed academics.

An outstanding public school system

Fairfax County has an outstanding public school system, including Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, an award-winning magnet school. James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, the largest public school in the Commonwealth, is also located in Fairfax County. Although Northern Virginia contains about 25% of the Commonwealth's population, there are only a handful of colleges and universities in the region. The largest and most well-known is George Mason University in Fairfax, the largest public university in Virginia. Other higher education institutions include Northern Virginia Community College (affectionately known as NOVA) in Annandale (with several branch campuses throughout Northern Virginia), and Marymount University in north Arlington. A relatively new addition to the roster of colleges and universities in the region is the University of Northern Virginia in Manassas, established in 1988.

90 percent of high school graduates continue on to some form of postsecondary education.