Northern Virginia, commonly known as NOVA or NoVA, comprises several counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. NOVA is a widespread region radiating westward and southward from Washington, DC. Also, it is the most populous region of Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area. Fairfax County of Northern Virginia includes the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which is an award-winning magnet school. Nineteen of this region’s schools appear in the top 200 of Newsweek’s ‘America’s Top Public High Schools,’ and Thomas Jefferson is ranked number one.
Even though Northern Virginia contains a large portion of the commonwealth’s population, there are only a handful of universities and colleges in the region. The largest and most well-known is George Mason University in Fairfax, the largest public university in Virginia. Some other higher educational institutions are Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Patrick Henry College in western Loudoun County, and Marymount University in North Arlington.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s mission is to provide students with a challenging educational environment focused on math, science, and technology. They strive to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity and to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery. This high school was established in 1985 and is currently in a partnership with businesses and schools that were created to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. TJHSST’s curriculum and facilities development were formed by representatives from business and industry and staff of the Fairfax County Public Schools. The school is also maintained by the Virginia Department of Education, just like the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia. Unlike the traditional magnet school, this high school has a four-year, full-day program. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology provides specialized education for selected students in Fairfax County. It also serves other school districts, including Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.
Founded In: 1985
Location: Alexandria, VA
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, also known as SSSAS, is a college preparatory Episcopal Church School in the Diocese of Virginia that educates students from ages 3 through grade 12. This school serves students from across Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC. They have three distinct campuses, each uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the students within. SSSAS’s lower school for ages three through grade five is located on Fontaine Street, whereas the Middle School, grade six to grade eight, is located on Braddock Road. Along with that, the Upper School, grade nine to grade twelve, is located on St. Stephen’s Road. SSSAS is dedicated to helping its students succeed in a complex and changing world. They seek to inspire a passion for learning, and enthusiasm for the artistic and athletic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity, and a commitment to service.
Founded In: 1924-1944
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Contact: (703) 751-2700
Bishop Ireton High School
Bishop Ireton High School’s current head of school is Kathleen Faherty McNutt. She was given the position in 2019, and she has served the Diocese of Arlington as an educator and school administrator since 2009. Mrs. Tobin, the current Principal, was given the position of Principal of Bishop Ireton High School in 2015.Bishop Ireton High School offers 22 advanced placement courses offered each year, and 185 students from the class of 2020 joined 77 different colleges and universities. BIHS’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble has a reputation as one of the country’s leading educational models. The Drama department holds the distinction as one of the area’s finest programs. Many main stage productions have won several Cappies awards. Bishop Ireton High School’s co-curricular activities offer extra opportunities for student personal and spiritual growth. Their clubs and activities include Model United Nations, International Thespian Society, Student Government, Campus Ministry, Beta Club, Drama Club, French Club,National Honor Society, and the Economics Club.
Founded In: 1964
Location: Alexandria, VA
Contact: (703) 751-7606
Pennington Traditional School
Pennington Traditional School’s specialty program includes rigorous academic instruction, strong performance expectations, and high behavioral standards. PTS uses research-based innovative instructional strategies within the framework of traditional education, and all students are required to wear uniforms. Both parents and students participate in volunteer/community service projects. There are plenty of opportunities for parents and the community involved as this school has a very active PTO and Advisory Council. Furthermore, a minimum of ten hours of parental involvement per child per year is required. Pennington Traditional School is a school of choice where all PWC children are welcomed and are admitted through a lottery process. It is one of two schools in PWC that extends from first through eighth grade. Located in Manassas, Virginia, PTS is one of the three traditional schools of Prince William County Public Schools. The facility enrolls students from grades 1–8 and serves the communities of Manassas, Haymarket, Bristow, Bull Run, Gainesville, and Nokesville.
Founded In: 2000
Location: Manassas, VA
McLean High School
McLean High School’s mission is to create and uphold a community where all learners are challenged to reach their full potential. Their core values are to educate, inspire and engage all learners in an inspiring educational experience, encourage all students to be self-directed, independent, and responsible foster critical and creative thinking skills. Along with that, they strive to provide challenging opportunities in all curricular and extracurricular settings and develop and sustain a caring and healthy culture focused on positive social and emotional skills to improve learning for all. McLean High School, a public school, is located in McLean, Virginia that is known for its academic achievement, award-winning band program, and much more.
Founded In: 1955
Location: McLean, VA
The New School of Northern Virginia
The New School of Northern Virginiabelievesthat students are intrinsically motivated to learn, achieve, and create. They want to create a special dimension of equality that should exist in the teacher-student relationship. TNSNV celebrates this dimension because it allows students to see themselves as successful, creative learners and individuals. This school has skilled faculty who are collegial friends of the highest order and talented student mentors.It is mostly referred to as the new school and is an independent, private school serving grades 6-12 located in Fairfax, Virginia. The New School’s goal is for their students to independently own their education. This school is small by design, with 120 students and 26 teachers and staff, all of whom are on a first-name basis. The essential skill categories are a fundamental component of the school’s pedagogy and culture. Some of those categories are Self Awareness & Management, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking & Analysis, Information Literacy, Communicating Meaning, and Social & Global Responsibility.
Founded In: 1989
Location: Fairfax, VA
Fairfax High School
Fairfax high school, a public high school, is located in the eastern US in the city of Fairfax, Virginia. It is a suburb situated west of Washington DC, and the school is owned by the City of Fairfax but is functioned by Fairfax County Public Schools as part of a pledged agreement with the County of Fairfax. The school was opened almost fifty years ago in 1972, and the building is located on Old Lee Highway in eastern Fairfax City. FHS underwent a $54 million renovation in 2007 designed by architectural firm BeeryRio7. Renovations added more than eighty thousand square feet of classroom space that increased student numbers at such a high rate that four trailers have been installed.FHS follows the Virginia Department of Education curriculum and also hosts Fairfax Academy: School for the Arts, which includes graphic design and photography classes. The academy also features Chinese and Korean. The school has a Reward and Remediation Program, a strong AVID Program, and Honors programs in all areas.
Founded in: 1972
Location: Fairfax, VA
Pinnacle Academy’s mission is to immerse all students in a dynamic STEAM-focused, college-oriented, community-embraced environment that fosters industry-ready and globally competitive leaders. They believe their only competition is with themselves as their vision sees students reaching for and exceeding their potential. Pinnacle Academy’s students are innovative and curious thinkers who strive to be accomplished, independent learners. Their graduates are tech-savvy, possess collaborative skills, and embrace diversity.The Advanced Placement Courses offered by this academy are AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP French Language & Culture, AP USPolitics, and Government, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP English Literature & Composition, AP English Language & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. The honors courses provided by this academy are English I, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, World History, Biology, Spanish, Turkish, and PLTW-Introduction to Engineering.
Founded In: 2008
Location: Chantilly, VA
Contact: (703) 537 0355
Oakwood School’s mission is to provide a multisensory educational program in which students with learning differences are guided to achieve their unique social and academic potential in a nurturing community environment. Their motto is “With Faith and Action, Potential Becomes Reality,” and their beliefs involve the worth of the individualwho has unique potential. This school unlocks the potential in each child by recognizing and addressing his or her challenges while discovering and developing personal strengths.The empowerment of the community, the foundation of tradition, and the progress of innovation are some of the aspects that Oakwood School upholds. This school has a small class size with eight to thirteen students and staff to student ratio of 1 to 4 and Teacher to student ratio of 1 to 6. Oakwood School is proud to be a part of VAISEF, IDA, AISGW, CHADD, VCPE, and VDOE.
Founded In: N/A
Location: Annandale, VA
Contact: (703) 941-5788
Congressional School is located in Northern Virginia and serves 400 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. This private school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenges, and grow through an innovative academic program. Congressional School does all its endeavors in a diverse and caring community. It was founded in 1939 for co-ed infants through Grade eight. Currently, more than four hundred students are enrolled in this school with a campus of forty acres inside the Beltway. There are 18-20number of students per classroom who has access to more than thirty after school activities and extended hours program. Overall there are four academic divisions, namely Early Childhood: 6 Weeks – Under 3 Years Old, Primary School: Preschool-Grade 2, Lower School: Grades 3 – 4, and Middle School: Grades 5 – 8.
Founded In: 1939
Location: Falls Church, VA