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Public Schools in the Washington, DC Area

Note: For comprehensive and current information on schools and programs, we advise that you contact the school district directly.

In some districts, students coming from foreign countries are referred from the neighborhood school to a central registration office. To avoid this confusion, Foreign Service families returning from overseas should tell school officials that they are U.S. citizens returning from abroad.

District of Columbia

District of Columbia (D.C.) law requires children to attend private or public school from age 5 to age 18. For further information:

DC Public Schools
Communications Office, Room 7096
825 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202-442-5885 / Fax: 202-442-5418

Director, Special Education
825 North Capitol Street, NE Room 6000
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202-442-4800


For statistical information on schools in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Education's School Report Card. This web page provides individual school report cards by pulling down the list of counties, then schools. A variety of demographic and statistical information helps to paint a portrait of a school, including programs within that school. The School Report Card will allow you to compare information about schools.

In addition, to participate in any public school sport activity, the student must have the Virginia Standards of Learning exams (SOLs), which are required of all students graduating from Virginia high schools. Foreign Service high school students take note: If you will be returning to Virginia and will graduate from a Virginia high school, you will be required to take these exams (certain tests, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB), may be substituted for the SOL exam).

FLO is aware of several cases of returning sophomores and juniors who have been required to take SOLs (with little advance notice) over course material that may have been taken overseas or never taken. Therefore, upon return to a Virginia school, it is imperative that the student meet early in the school year with his/her guidance counselor to discuss possible SOL exams. The type of diploma the student will receive and the date of transfer into the school system are factors in determining the number of tests required for graduation. The Virginia Department of Education's web page, Guide to Graduation Requirements, provides further information.

City of Alexandria

Alexandria City Public Schools
Department of Communications
2000 North Beauregard
Alexandria, VA 22311
Tel: 703-824-6635 / Fax: 703-824-6699

Gifted and Talented:
Tel: 703-824-6680 / Fax: 703-824-6741
Special Education: 703-824-6650

Arlington County

Arlington Public Schools
Community Services and Public Information
1426 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Tel: 703-228-6005 / Fax: 703-228-7640

Office of Special Education
Department of Student Services
1426 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Tel: 703-228-6046 / Fax: 703-228-6298

Family Information Center
2801 Clarendon Boulevard, Room 301
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: 703-228-7660 / Fax: 703-527-4019

Gifted Program
1426 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Tel: 703-228-6160 / Fax: 703-228-6295

Local school reports (with school profiles and statistical data)

Fairfax County

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)
Office of Community Relations
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: 571-423-1200 / Fax: 703-246-2024
*enrollment forms available on the web site

For information about Language Immersion Courses at FCPS, please visit their World Language Immersion Program webpage.

Department of Special Services (Special Education)
10310 Layton Hall Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: 571-423-4010

Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Programs
3705 Crest Drive
Annandale, VA 22003
Tel: 571-423-4740

FCPS Online Campus - Offers identical content to courses in traditional classrooms.

Academic Programs - Fairfax County Public Schools include instructional and special instructional programs, curriculum, guidance and career services, after school programs, resources, and life-long learning programs.

Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services + Parent Resource Center
2334 Gallows Road, Room 105
Dunn Loring, VA 22027
Tel: 703-204-3941
Tel (in Spanish): 703-204-3955
TDD: 703-204-3956
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

City of Falls Church

Falls Church City Public Schools
Public Information
803 W Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Tel: 703-248-5600 / Fax: 703-248-5613

Assistant Superintendent
Gifted and Talented Programs
803 W Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Tel: 703-248-5603

Special Education Coordinator
803 W Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Tel: 703-248-5630

Fauquier County

Fauquier County School Board Offices
320 Hospital Drive, Suite 40
Warrenton, VA 20186
Tel: 540-422-7000

Special Education Program
Tel: 540-422-7140

Gifted and Talented Program
Tel: 540-422-7100

Loudoun County

Loudoun County Public Schools
Public Information Office
102 North Street, NW
Leesburg, VA 22075
Tel: 571-282-1000 / Fax: 703-771-6575

Pupil Services Department
30 Sycolin Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Tel: 571-282-1200 / Fax: 703-771-6453

Prince William County

Prince William County Public Schools
Community Relations Office
P.O. Box 389
Manassas, VA 22108
Tel: 703-791-8720 / Fax: 703-791-8842

Special Education Office
P.O. Box 389
Manassas, VA 22108
Tel: 703-791-7287 / Fax: 703-791-8803

Gifted Education Office K-12
P.O. Box 389
Manassas, VA 22108
Tel: 703-791-7400 / Fax: 703-791-7336

Summer School Program/Alternative Education
PO Box 389
Manassas, VA 22108
Tel: 703-791-8576 / Fax: 703-791-7336

Online coursework for high school credit for any student enrolled in an accredited high school.

"Find Your School" - Type in your address to view the assigned elementary, middle, and high school for that address. 

Stafford County

Stafford County Public Schools
Superintendent of Schools
1729 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554
Tel: 540-658-6000 / Fax: 540-659-7882

FOCUS/Special Education Center
Rowser Instructional Center
1739 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554
Tel: 540-658-6500 / Fax: 540-720-1563


Maryland law requires children to attend private or public school from age 5 to 16.

The Maryland Department of Education specifies what students level of knowledge should be in the four content areas of language arts, math, social studies, and science from grades K - 12.

Maryland developed a new assessment system in 2003 designed to meet the requirements of the federal legislation "No Child Left Behind." Visit Maryland's Assessment webpage which explains how the state curriculum standards will be assessed in order to be in compliance.

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Public Information Office
2644 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Tel: 410-222-5000 / Fax: 410-222-5602

Gifted and Talented Coordinator:
Tel: 410-222-5430

Howard County

Howard County Public Schools
Public Information Office
10910 Route 108
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tel: 410-313-6600
Fax: 410-313-6833

Director of Special Education
Tel: 410-313-6656

Coordinator of Gifted and Talented
10598 Marble Faun Court
Columbia, MD 21044
Tel: 410-313-6800

Pupil Services
Tel: 410-313-6822

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Public Schools
Department of Information
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: 301-309-6277

Student and Community Services
Tel: 301-279-3984
Fax: 301-279-8479
Enriched and Innovative Instruction
Tel: 301-279-8529
Enrollment Information
Statistical and Demographic Information

Prince Georges County

Prince Georges County Public Schools
Department of Communications
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Tel: 301-952-6001 / Fax: 301-952-1383

Special Education Director
Tel: 301-618-8300 / Fax: 301-952-6342

Gifted and Talented Program Supervisor
Sasscer Administration Building
9201 East Hampton Drive
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Tel: 301-808-3790 / Fax: 301-808-8270

Extended Day Programs in the Public Schools

For working parents, public school districts offer "extended day" programs whereby children can remain at school, with supervision and a variety of after-school activities, until parents arrive for pick-up at 6 pm.

Additional Resources

  • The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) has "Returning to Washington" entry information with links to preschool resources, schools and county programs, organizations for parents, toys stores/book stores/restaurants, libraries, and more, in the greater Washington, DC area.
  • Washington Post Education Page - Highlights the latest information about Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia schools. Click on the School Survey map for an alpha listing of schools. Click on the school of choice for a wealth of information, broken down by subject area. This is a great way to compare stats on Washington area schools.
  • Great - Provides information for public, private and charter schools nationwide.
  • - Offers a free detailed school report on almost any school in the country using public information sources.

FLO Weblinks for Education Options for Foreign Service Children (K-12)

Education Options Main Page 
Education Allowances 
Homeschooling and Online Education 
Homework Help Online 
Choices for High School: IB and AP  
Private Schools in the Washington, DC Area 
Summer Camp Resources


Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
Contact the Family Liaison Office


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