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Old 02-05-2012, 05:57 PM
 
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Don't Fairfax schools get out early every Monday? Do most working parents with younger children find after school care for that hard to find?.

Only elementary gets out early on Mondays. The OP stated she has a 15-year-old and a sixth grader, I believe?
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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There is very little, if any difference, in the curriculum presented between Fairfax County Schools and Prince William County Schools (or Stafford or Spotsylvania, etc.). The difference is the student population. Fairfax County is *mostly* well-to-do, highly educated. They produce children who generally come from stable homes and are expected to be high achieving.
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There is nothing magical about the Fairfax County curriculum.
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That isn't entirely true, especially within certain subject areas. All the school systems in VA must base their curriculums on the VDOE Standards of Learning. However, they have Programs of Studies that can be vastly different (at least within certain subject areas). The academic extensions they write into their curriculums can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Generally, the SOLs are the very basic knowledge required by all students in the state. The jurisdictions' programs of studies ramp up the rigor and that is what does vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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That isn't entirely true, especially within certain subject areas. All the school systems in VA must base their curriculums on the VDOE Standards of Learning. However, they have Programs of Studies that can be vastly different (at least within certain subject areas). The academic extensions they write into their curriculums can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Generally, the SOLs are the very basic knowledge required by all students in the state. The jurisdictions' programs of studies ramp up the rigor and that is what does vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Having had friends in both PWC and Fairfax and my own children, I saw very little difference in the rigor between the school systems. Sure, there were variances on books used but nothing noteworthy, in my opinion.
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