What Makes FCCPS a Special Place to Work?

FCCPS is a student-centered, innovative, and inclusive community of lifelong learners with an international reputation of excellence.

The schools are at the heart of the community.

Education has been at the heart of the Falls Church City since our founding in 1948. Citizens sought and won legislation enabling the 2.2-square-mile town to become an independent city with its own school division. Our five schools are Jessie Thackrey Preschool, Mt. Daniel Elementary School, Oak Street Elementary School, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Meridian High School.

Our Mission

Falls Church City Public Schools is a student‐centered, innovative, and inclusive community of lifelong learners. We aspire to be the premier International Baccalaureate school division. We strive to create a personalized environment that supports each child's unique needs and prepares every student to be a responsible, caring, and internationally-minded citizen.

GMHS sophomore presenting at MYP Personal Project Expo

International Baccalaureate for all students

FCCPS is the first and only Virginia school division offering IB curriculae to all students.

One of only nine IB Continuum divisions in the country.

• IB Primary Years Programme (K-5)

• IB Middle Years Programme (6-10)

• IB Diploma Programme (11-12)

• IB training provided to all teachers

Mt. Daniel Music class

Academic Excellence

• All schools are fully accredited.

• All schools are recognized for excellence at state and national level.

• All grades consistently score well above state and national averages on standardized tests.

• All schools have inclusive special education.

• All schools maintain small class sizes.

• All teachers are certified and highly-qualified.

• Most teachers hold advanced degrees.

IB Chemistry teacher and student

Technologically Advanced

• All teachers are issued Macbook Air or iPad.

• Secondary students 1-to-1 Macbooks.

• Elementary Ipad and MacBook carts.

• Schoology

• PowerSchool

• PK-12 STEAM Focus & in-school Makerspaces

GMHS Band performance

Talented Employees

390 Full-time positions

189 Full-time classroom teaching positions

189 Support staff positions

220 Professional staff with advanced degrees

11 National Board Certified Teachers

Community Grants

Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) competitive SuperGrants are open to all FCCPS teachers. More than $200,000 has been distributed in the past 3 years.

• FCEF awards teacher training grants.

• All PTA organizations offer competitive grant programs for teachers.

Winners and nominees of FCEF Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year

Supportive Professional Environment

• Mentoring Program & New Teacher Induction

• Teacher-driven Professional Development

• National Board Certification Cohort

• Collaborative Teams at all schools

• School-based technology coaches

• Teachers supported division-wide by ESOL, Special Education, Math, International Baccalaureate and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Coordinators

Teacher and Student at Jessie Thackrey Preschool

Nurturing Schools provide Caring Community and Culture

Total number of students (as of 9/30/21) 2515

• Jessie Thackrey Preschool 55

• Mount Daniel School (K-2) 488

• Oak Street Elementary (3-5) 521

• Mary Ellen Henderson Middle (6-8) 589

• Meridian High (9-12) 862

Culturally Diverse City

33 Native languages spoken by students

• ESOL enrollment: 148

Graduation at DAR Constitution Hall

Motivated students

Class of 2021

209 graduates

164 IB participants

48 IB Diplomas awarded

• FCCPS average SAT scores: 1261

• 99.5% On-Time Graduation Rate

• 98.1% of graduates seek post-secondary ed

Students participate in

• Arts, Theatre, Band, Chorus, Strings

• 23 Varsity and JV sports

• FIRST Robotics and Vex Robotics

• Odyssey of the Mind

• Mock Trial

• CyberPatriot

• Hydroponics and Aquaponics Programs

• GIVE Day

Service Learning Projects

• 5th grade PYP Project

• 8th grade MYP Community Project

• 10th grade MYP Personal Project

• 11th & 12th grade IB CAS Project

2018 FCEF Teacher of the Year Farrell Kelly works with 8th grade stuents.

Employment Benefits

General Benefits

• Employee Assistance Program

• Apple Federal Credit Union Membership

• Tuition Waiver Program

• National Board Certification Program

• Sick Leave Bank or Short-Term Disability

Insurance Benefits

• Medical and Dental Plans

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Group Life and Voluntary Optional Life

• AFLAC Short-term Disability

• Long-term Disability

Retirement Plans

• Virginia Retirement Service

• Falls Church City Retirement Plan

• Tax-Sheltered Annuity Program

Leave Benefits

• 10-month employees are advanced 13 days of sick leave in September.

• 12-month employees earn 10 hours of sick leave and 10 hours of annual leave per month.

Mt. Daniel First grade instruction


FCCPS strives to be among the highest-paid school divisions in Northern Virginia.

FCCPS Salary Scales

FCCPS 2021-22 Operating Budget

Total operating budget $52,300,120

Per pupil expenditure $19,228

Involved Community

Falls Church Education Foundation

Business & Community Partnerships

FC Elementary PTA

Mary Ellen Henderson MS PTA

Falls Church City Band Boosters

FCCPS Choral Boosters

Meridian High School PTSA

Mustang Athletic Boosters

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