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Old 08-17-2015, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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I asked about Falls Church high school because I just moved to the area (22042) and all I heard from my neighbors were complains about the schools (and that they are opting for private schools). Then I read that article about the SOL and it didn't make sense to me. I never realized that the school serving the City of Falls Church was not Falls Church High School. Who knew .
I didn't mean to cause such a ruckus. That being said, this thread has been highly informative. Thank you everybody for your feedback about Falls Church and northern Virginia schools!
No worries, what is interesting is that your neighbors have mirrored the same facts I have. If you ever need a non filtered look at school options feel free to post.

Falls Church City 22046 = George Mason High School, excellent pyramids elementary through high (can't go wrong here, is pricey)

Falls Church 22043/22046 = McLean high "Haycock elementary", one best rated elementary through high school in the area (can't go wrong here, is pricey)

Falls Church 22043 = Shreve/Pimmit Hills area - Marshall High, good elementary schools that feed into excellent middle and high school (very good and is more affordable)

Falls Church 22046 = McLean High w/ Timberlane elementary which is a split feeder for Falls Church High so it has low test scores, lowest of any McLean fed school. (you are taking a gamble on the elementary school, many try to place to other McLean elementary schools using AAP/immersion, but you save money on the neighborhood and will be zoned for excellent McLean Middle and High schools after the elementary school)

The following are the pyramids that people generally view as poorly rated:
Falls Church High (22042-22044, some parts of Annandale)
Stuart (22044, 22042, 22041)

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Old 08-18-2015, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I have no a bias. I simply state the facts based on numerical analysis of household incomes, housing prices and school zones.
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Immediately outside of that area it is not very good and the schools are very poor
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when a school is majority ESOL and FARMS you will have issues with education and imbalances with school budgets and services.
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McLean (Very Well regarded)
Marshall (Well regarded)
Falls Church High (Poorly Regarded)
Stuart (Extremely Poorly Regarded).
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You are disillusioned to believe that sleepy hollow is the same as it was in late 80s, it has gone down hill.
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Besides lake barcroft falls church high and stuart pyramids are the rated as the worst in the county. There is no doubt intelligent children may take advantage of the big fish in the small pond situation but those schools will not prepare your child as well as the other well rated schools.
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I think falls church city is the best
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You don't know what you are talking about.
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If anyone follows the FCPS budget short falls, historical exponential increase of at disadvantaged and ESOL children, and general decline of FCPS in national rating you will notice that there is a major problem with schools outside of the standard high scoring pyramids. It is a new trend and it will continue to drag down the entire school system's budget.
Yes, fcyolo, the fact whisperer. And, these are simply the opinions you have expressed on this thread. If I felt like wasting any more time with you, I'm sure I could find many more on other threads. I don't actually disagree with all of the opinions you express or even the ones I have quoted above, but you like to present your opinion as if it is the only conclusion that can be drawn a given data set. You are incapable of seeing where the facts and statistics end and where your opinion begins, but that is just my opinion - see the difference?
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:10 AM
 
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I asked about Falls Church high school because I just moved to the area (22042) and all I heard from my neighbors were complains about the schools (and that they are opting for private schools). Then I read that article about the SOL and it didn't make sense to me. I never realized that the school serving the City of Falls Church was not Falls Church High School. Who knew .
I didn't mean to cause such a ruckus. That being said, this thread has been highly informative. Thank you everybody for your feedback about Falls Church and northern Virginia schools!
The City of Falls Church is a tiny enclave that is all of 2 square miles - a blip on the map. IMO, they should not compare their teeny 4 school "system" to real school systems of much larger sizes, and hail themselves as the best, nor should media sources. I do not pay attention to "best school districts" lists anymore, because they often include these micro-sized school systems.

The City of Falls Church has sky-high property taxes and meals taxes to fund their school system, as well.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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Yes, fcyolo, the fact whisperer. And, these are simply the opinions you have expressed on this thread. If I felt like wasting any more time with you, I'm sure I could find many more on other threads. I don't actually disagree with all of the opinions you express or even the ones I have quoted above, but you like to present your opinion as if it is the only conclusion that can be drawn a given data set. You are incapable of seeing where the facts and statistics end and where your opinion begins, but that is just my opinion - see the difference?
From all the quotes the only one that is an opinion is when I said .

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I think falls church city is the best
The rest are documented facts from FCPS budget presentations, SOL scores, published demographic reports etc...

I will take the title as facts whisper, very good idea and fitting considering other people's misleading opinions being presented as facts on this subject .
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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The City of Falls Church is a tiny enclave that is all of 2 square miles - a blip on the map. IMO, they should not compare their teeny 4 school "system" to real school systems of much larger sizes, and hail themselves as the best, nor should media sources. I do not pay attention to "best school districts" lists anymore, because they often include these micro-sized school systems.

The City of Falls Church has sky-high property taxes and meals taxes to fund their school system, as well.
True that Falls Church City is small but you can directly compare it to a school pyramid like Falls Church High / Stuart etc...
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:18 AM
 
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From all the quotes the only one that is an opinion is when I said .

The rest are documented facts from FCPS budget presentations, SOL scores, published demographic reports etc...

I will take the title as facts whisper, very good idea and fitting considering other people's misleading opinions being presented as facts on this subject .
People buy homes zoned to school pyramids that you think are unworthy. That is a fact. Get over it. You seem very uncomfortable with this notion.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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People buy homes zoned to school pyramids that you think are unworthy. That is a fact. Get over it. You seem very uncomfortable with this notion.
Buy where you want, but you cannot ignore the facts.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:22 AM
 
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True that Falls Church City is small but you can directly compare it to a school pyramid like Falls Church High / Stuart etc...
Please. Stuart alone has enrollment equal to 2/3 of the entire FCCPS "system".
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:27 AM
 
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Buy where you want, but you cannot ignore the facts.
What facts? There are million+ dollar homes for sale in poorly performing school pyramids in all major markets in the country. If I were looking at a home PURELY as an investment, I would look for a home that is close to fixed-rail transportation and retail amenities - schools would not be a top priority in an investment calculation.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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What facts? There are million+ dollar homes for sale in poorly performing school pyramids in all major markets in the country. If I were looking at a home PURELY as an investment, I would look for a home that is close to fixed-rail transportation and retail amenities - schools would not be a top priority in an investment calculation.
Depends on what you are looking for, most people on here are looking for places for their families. Maybe if you wanted to rent out a place to single people you could ignore schools.

Most single people would rather be in Arlington or DC near a Metro.

Million dollars for a new home isn't that much now a days.
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