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Fairfax High School

3501 Rebel Run Fairfax, VA 22030 703-219-2200

Principal: Erin Lenart

Principal Erin Lenart

Principal Erin Lenart

By The Numbers
Grades 9-12
Student Population 2324
Graduation Rate  94%
Percentage of students going to 2- or 40 year college or military 94%
Average SAT  1618
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About Fairfax High School

Fairfax High School has a rich history and tradition that dates back to 1936. The

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current facility, built in 1972, is located in the City of Fairfax and was upgraded in 2007 with a $54-million-dollar renovation. Approximately 35 percent of FHS students live in the City of Fairfax, while the other 65 percent resides in Fairfax County outside city limits. The school is a community center for the City of Fairfax, serving as the venue of choice for many evening and weekend community programs.

Fairfax High School offers a broad and challenging curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse population. The high school offers Advanced Placement courses, honors programs in all academic areas, six world languages, internship opportunities, on-site vocational training, and a full range of fine and performing arts. Students who speak English as a second language and students with disabilities are served by specially adapted instructional programs. Our school community believes that all students can learn and develop to perform at high standards. Time and opportunity for students to receive additional academic support needed is built into our instructional schedule.

Our academic programs seek to promote Future Readiness among our students. We expect our students to graduate from Fairfax High School with the skills to be creative and critical thinkers as well as to communicate and collaborate with people around the world. These skills will allow each graduate the opportunity to choose among many options in continuing their growth in college, career, or other pursuits. Approximately 90 percent of our students continue their education in postsecondary institutions. Our school counselors and Student Services team – which is RAMP-certified (Recognized ASCA Model Program) – provides academic and socio-emotional support for our students in addition to college and career advising as they move through grades 9-12.

Recent Highlights:

  • Golf District and Regional Champions
  • Sara Young Selected for Army All American Marching Band
  • First Place in Virginia National History Bowl
  • Will Phillips Virginia State History Bee Champion
  • 3 FHS Crew Boats Placed at Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship
  • 19 Seniors Given National Merit Letter of Commendation
  • Abby Gutenberg received West Point Leadership and Ethics Scholarship
  • FHS Band Performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City
  • 4 Students Earned VA All State Band/Orchestra
  • 8 Students Chosen for VA Boys/Girls State Program
  • FHS Forensic Team Qualified for State Tournament, 2 Students Placed at State
  • Science Olympiad Qualified for State Tournament, 18 Students Placed Individually
  • Rebecca Kravchick Earned Bronze Medal in Veterinary Tech at SkillsUSA
  • 9 Track and Field Athletes Qualified for State Track Meet, Relay team placed 3rd at state meet
  • 20 Students Earned Gold or Silver in 2018 National Latin Exam
  • Ramie Katan Qualified for FBLA State Competition in Computer Applications
  • 5 DECA Students Won First Place in State Competition, 3 Placed in National Competition
  • 4 Students Earned Gold Key Scholastic Art Competition
  • Earl Brewer Qualified for State Wrestling Tournament
  • 22 Students Placed in Regional Science Fair
  • 7 Students Earned Virginia All State Chorus
  • Decker Barborek Earned First Team All Met Indoor Track
  • Field Hockey Earned 9th Consecutive Conference Title
  • FX Players Nominated for Nine Cappies for The Little Mermaid
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    FCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Frances Ivey joins City of Fairfax Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo joins Erin Lenart (center) as she takes the helm at FHS.

    FCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Frances Ivey joins City of Fairfax Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo joins Erin Lenart (center) as she takes the helm at FHS.

    Erin Lenart has been named principal of Fairfax High School, effective today.  Most recently, Lenart served as principal of Lanier Middle School where she developed and implemented—with teacher leadership—a three-year strategic improvement plan that focused on literacy, student support opportunities, and an improved school climate. She also led the community in establishing Lanier’s Advanced Academic Center. Previously, the served as assistant principal at West Springfield High School and Thoreau Middle School. She began her career in FCPS as an eighth grade teacher at Thoreau Middle in 2009. She taught at the high school level in Georgia and Tennessee before joining FCPS.

    Lenart earned her bachelor of science in English at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee and her master of education in Educational Leadership at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is currently enrolled in the doctorate program in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech.

  • Fairfax HS Hosts Korean School Administrator Delegation

    Fairfax HS teachers welcome Korean administrators

    Fairfax HS teachers welcome Korean administrators

    A group of Korean administrators visited Fairfax HS from the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program. They toured Fairfax Academy Korean, dance, fashion careers classes along with FHS science, and physical education classes. Academy teachers, Jin-A Chang and Song Johnston welcomed them and took time to speak to the group and answer questions, and Meredith Barnes invited them to observe her hip hop dance class.  The group of educators even went out in the rain to see the garden with science teacher Bradley Webster, after he spoke about his classes, AP courses, Lion Time and R-Time and various other topics regarding Fairfax High School. The visitors engaged in a Q&A session with Mr. Webster’s R-Time students.

    During the debrief and panel discussion about FHS and Fairfax Academy with Andrea Cook and Erin Molek, Robyn Langford joined and spoke to them in great detail about sports, female athletes, and the athletic department – as those were all special interests the visitors specifically inquired about before their arrival.

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    Fairfax High School senior Decker Barborek earned First Team All Met for Indoor Track and Field. The Washington Post called him the “area’s top pole vaulter, clearing 15 feet at the Patriot District championships.”

    FHS swimmers Peter Makin (sophomore) earned Second Team All Met for swim and Julia Moser (junior) earned Honorable Mention. To see the complete list please see the Washington Post website.

  • Professional Artist Works With Art Students at Fairfax High

    Sponsored by City of Fairfax Schools Innovation Grant, Artist worked with students over week

    Visiting artist John Smolko worked with art students for four days recently at Fairfax High School.  Fairfax High art teacher Heather Dilatush invited Smolko, a professional artist and retired teacher who taught high school art for 35 years, to work with her students. Students in Art 1 to Advanced Placement (AP) art classes heard from Smolko on how to achieve expressiveness while they learned some tips on color theory.

  • FHS Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

    Mason Pazhwak of George Mason University and Fairfax High School Alumni has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Malaysia from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Pazhwak will teach English, promote community engagement, and act as a cultural ambassador at a post assigned by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program.

    Mr. Pazhwak is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

    Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

    Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

    For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail


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