The mission of the Fairfax County School Board is to inspire, enable, and empower students to meet high academic standards, lead ethical lives, and demonstrate responsible citizenship. The three student achievement goals—Pursue Academic Excellence, Develop Essential Life Skills, and Demonstrate Responsibility to the Community and the World—were developed by the School Board to accomplish this mission.
The Fairfax County School Board is charged by the statutes of Virginia and the regulations of the Virginia Board of Education to operate the public schools of Fairfax County by setting general school policy and establishing guidelines that will ensure the proper administration of the Fairfax County Public Schools programs.
The twelve School Board members are elected for four-year terms; one member represents each of the County’s nine magisterial districts, and three members serve at large.
A student representative, selected for a one-year term by the Student Advisory Council, sits with the Board at all public meetings and participates in discussions, but does not vote.
The School Board welcomes comments from Fairfax County residents and believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system.