For the most part, each Fairfax County Schools pyramid has only one high school, except for a few pyramids that also house alternative schools, special education centers, plus Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (a regional school with merit-based admissions policy).
Fairfax High Schools Rankings
Here are the 24 Fairfax County Schools Pyramids, listed in alphabetical order, with their Newsweek "America's Top Public High Schools" 2010 Ranking in parentheses. The names with an asterisk have also been ranked in the US News "Best High Schools" report of 2010.
Falls Church (486)
*Lake Braddock (174)
Mount Vernon (1516)
South County (308)
South Lakes (221)
West Potomac (550)
West Springfield (280)
But... how do you choose one school?
1. By rankings (such as Newsweek's or US News' or by raw test scores; SAT, SOL, AP or IB)
2. By special programs (such as language immersion, arts, science, special education, etc.)
3. By size of school (enrollment)
4. By recommendation
Once you select a school, you will want to make sure to live within your desired Fairfax County Schools' boundary.
The old way to do it was to find homes for sale in the general area of the school and hope that it belongs in the boundary.
The new way to find a home by school in Fairfax VA
The new way to find a home by school is to visit Fairfax.RightSchoolRightHome.com and search homes for sale by school. Plus, at Fairfax.RightSchoolRightHome.com you can compare high school rankings and get a Fairfax VA home affordabiliy map.