FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Web address: http://www.fcps.k12.va.us

Projected enrollment: 156,000

Enrollment last year: 152,000

Budget: $1.3 billion

Spending per student: $8,203

Number of classroom computers:

about 53,000 high end computers*

Number of schools:

133 elementary; 18 middle (grades 7-8); three middle

(grades 6-8); three secondary (grades 7-12); 20 high

schools (grades 9-12); 26 special education centers;

two special education service sites; 32 alternative

schools and programs. Three of the elementary schools

are magnet schools, and four of the high schools are

professional technical academies. In addition, 23

elementary schools are focus schools with specialized

curriculums, such as foreign language immersion.

Number of schools opening this fall: 1

Student/teacher ratios:

Maximum kindergarten class size is 28, with an

instructional assistant; grade 1 is capped at 25

students; grades 1-3, 24.5 to 1; grades 4-6, 26.5 to 1;

grades 7-8 (core class average), 27 to 1; grades 7-8

(noncore class average), 28 to 1; grades 9-12

(general education average) 28 to 1; grades 9-12

(English class average) 24 to 1.

Percentage of students eligible for free and

reduced price meals:

18 percent.

*High end refers to computers 486 or better. The school system has lots of other older computers but is working on increasing the number of high end computers in the system.

ALEXANDRIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Web address: www.acps.k12.va.us

Anticipated enrollment this fall: 11,015

Erollment last year: 10,803

Budget: $110.5 million

Spending per student: $10,029

Number of classroom computers: 2,500

Number of schools:

12 elementary, 2 middle, 1 ninth-grade school,

1 high school, 1 alternative high school.

Number of new schools opening this fall: None.

Average class size:

Elementary--20; middle--21; high--23.

Percentage of students eligible for free and

reduced price meals:

52 percent.

ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Web address: www.arlington.k12.va.us

Anticipated enrollment this fall: 18,745

Enrollment last year: 18,564

Budget: $221 million

Spending per student: $10,271

Number of classroom computers: 4,270

Number of schools:

20 elementary, 5 middle, 3 high schools,

1 vocational and technical,

1 alternative secondary school.

Number of new schools opening this fall: None.

Average class size:

kindergarten -- 18-23; grades 1-3 -- 20-22;

grades 4-5 -- 26; middle school -- 23.4;

high school -- 23.4.

Percentage of students eligible for free and

reduced price meals:

40 percent.