School Days 2011-12

School Days 2011-12

A school survival guide for parents and students

College move changes life for siblings

College move changes life for siblings

What does it mean when one child goes off to college for the others? More parental attention, for one.

Online textbooks moving into schools

Online textbooks moving into schools

This fall, almost all Fairfax middle and high school students are using online textbooks in social studies.

Fairfax ditching letter grades

There won’t be any more straight-A students as elementary schools switch to numerical evaluations.

Graphing calculator: Too old-school?

Graphing calculator: Too old-school?

Pressure is mounting among manufactures to find a new formula to prevent the graphing calculator from going the way of the abacus.

Cuts, falling prestige beset teachers

Cuts, falling prestige beset teachers

Financial pressures are burdening schools, and public criticism has dismayed teachers.

Photos: Back to the books

Photos: Back to the books

Children across the Washington area headed back to school Monday for another academic year.

Paying for college is a two-way street

Paying for college is a two-way street

Why would you play a part in your child starting out in debt, if you have the financial resources?

Back-to-school lunchbox lunacy

Back-to-school lunchbox lunacy

How did assembling a brought-from-home lunch become more perilous than walking into a Chinese basketball practice wearing a Hoyas sweatshirt?

All about schools

All about schools

DATABASE | From school year start dates to district Web sites, find information about schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

The Post's education team

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Featured Chats

Transcript: Family cooking

Transcript: Family cooking

ChopChop publisher Sally Sampson joined The Post’s food staff to answer your questions. 

Transcript: Designing kids’ rooms

Transcript: Designing kids’ rooms

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, who owns SCW Interiors in Alexandria, joins Terri Sapienza to talk about designing rooms for kids.

Full chat schedule

Your Take

A+ style: Your dorm photos

You don’t have to spend a lot of cash to make your room look awesome. Share your photos.

Kid’s Room Contest

Submit photos of your child’s stylish bedroom and you could win a prize. Learn more.

Your vacation photos

Take a trip this summer? Share your photos with us.

Survive freshman year

Share your tips for getting through that tough first year of college.

Vintage Lunchboxes

Those retro metal lunchboxes are hot with collectors right now. Share photos of your collectibles.

KidsPost Callout

Kids, share your thoughts about starting a new school year and we might feature your comments in The Washington Post.