A quarter of Fairfax County schools earn top state education awards

More than a quarter of all Fairfax County schools received recognition from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the state board of education Tuesday in the 2014 Virginia Index of Performance awards.

A total of 212 schools earned one of the three levels of VIP awards for academic achievement during the 2012-2013 school year, including 52 of Fairfax’s 196 schools. Three Fairfax middle schools — Rachel Carson, Longfellow and Rocky Run — earned the highest honor, the Governor’s award for educational excellence for meeting state and federal academic standards and all around high-achievement. It was the fifth consecutive year that Rocky Run Middle in Chantilly received the top award, which was given to five schools total.

Another 22 Fairfax schools received the second-tier board of education excellence awards which were given to 71 schools total, including nine Arlington County schools, two from Loudoun County and five from Prince William County. The Falls Church City public school district also received special recognition as a high achieving school system.

Of the 136 schools to receive the third-tier honors, the board of education distinguished achievement awards, a total of 27 schools were from Fairfax County. Three Arlington County schools received the awards along with 21 schools from Loudoun County and 10 from Prince William.

A full list of the schools from each district is available here.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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