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Old 01-04-2016, 07:28 AM
 
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My wife and I are looking to purchase a house in the near future (Reston/Burke/Springfield/Woodbrigde areas). We are currently renting in Arlington and have two bi-racial kids (white/black). One of our biggest consideration is the 'diversity' of the schools that our kids will be going to so they have peer group to be in. We are looking for recommendations on elementary and high schools in the above areas that would be a good fit for our kids.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:39 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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Woodbridge, Springfield, and Lorton are way more diverse than Reston and Burke. Lorton probably has the best schools overall of those three (Hayfield Secondary is the HS). Hylton in Woodbridge isn't bad either. Lee High School in Springfield has pretty bad ratings.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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West Springfield is very diverse and the high school (West Springfield High School) is outstanding.
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Old 01-04-2016, 02:43 PM
 
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Reston is generally going to be more diverse than West Springfield, but you'll find a fair amount of diversity in West Springfield as well. Orange Hunt ES is the least diverse of the West Springfield HS feeders, compared to Cardinal Forest ES, Hunt Valley ES, Keene Mill ES and Rolling Valley ES. The White Oaks ES area in Burke that feeds into Lake Braddock Secondary is also quite diverse.

Good luck with your search.

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Old 01-04-2016, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I'm not understanding the "peer group" thing... as far as I can tell, kids accept kids as kids... This almost sounds divisive to me, you are looking for them to only have friends that are the same mix?
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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It's NOVA. You'll find bi-racial, triple racial and every other kind of racial in the area.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I'm not understanding the "peer group" thing... as far as I can tell, kids accept kids as kids... This almost sounds divisive to me, you are looking for them to only have friends that are the same mix?
Interesting yet disappointing subject. I appreciate the OP's concern; I just never-ever looked at it in that manner as my kids are "bi-racial" as well. My kids are in the Chantilly HS pyramid and there is plenty of diversity at every level in the Chantilly pyramid (first hand experience) and have observed the same in the Centreville pyramid. See this FCPS page for the info you seek. I would recommend you focus on school achievement aka test results based on your family housing budget. If your kids are higher academic performers, look at the top 4-5 middle schools that TJHSST accept the most students from.

And yes, kids accept kids.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:43 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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From what I've read and heard over the years, they'll be fine at anything other than an all-black or all-white school--and there are few of either in NoVA. There's plenty of everybody at any school other than the farthest exurbs, maybe in far western Loudoun County. Even in the close-in most affluent school pyramids, I think your kid would face far more racism from the children of well-off Indians and Middle Easterners than from white kids.
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Old 01-04-2016, 04:16 PM
 
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I'm not understanding the "peer group" thing... as far as I can tell, kids accept kids as kids... This almost sounds divisive to me, you are looking for them to only have friends that are the same mix?
It sort of hit me the same way at first, the way it was written, but then I figured that the original poster wanted to be sure he/she wasn't landing in a totally white, totally black, or totally XXXX school. In that case, they could be worried that bi-racial children would be perceived as too different.

Of course, I don't think that's much of an issue at all in NoVA.
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Old 01-04-2016, 04:26 PM
 
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In case you didn't know, you can find demographics of FCPS school if you go to the following website:

FCPS Profile

and search for the school you want to see demographics, click on 'Profile' and then 'Demographics'.

This gives you 'Ethnicity' like Asian, Black, Hispanic, White and Other over the past 3 years.
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