This section of charts contains education data for Fairfax County Virginia based mainly on the latest year 2022 Census data using the American Community Survey but also the survey from Common Core Data available for Public Elementary through Secondary Schools. In Figure 1, the percent of all people aged 25 years or older, who have either graduated from high school or completed the Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some equivalent certification/credential. Fairfax County depicts it has a High School Grad or higher of 93% which is the third most percent high school graduates or better of all other counties in the greater Fairfax County region. The county with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is Falls Church city and County which shows a high school graduates of 97% (only about 4.2% larger).
In Figure 2, the percentage of people aged 25 years or older who have graduated from college/university with at least a bachelor's degree is provided. Note that the bachelor's degree is also called a four-year degree because it normally takes four years of full-time study to finish the course curriculum required to obtain the degree. This chart portrays the proportion of the population in this region who are college graduates with at least a bachelor degree or higher. In many ways, this analysis alongside the prior chart are very quick measures of the level of education in any particular area. Fairfax County shows it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 64% which is in the intermediate range of other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is Falls Church city and County which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 79% (23.9% larger).
Figure 4 shows the percentage of people 25 years of age or older who either have no schooling at all or dropped out of school before being able to complete high school. Additionally, these are people who also do not have a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some other high school level type credential/student achievement. This analysis, along with the last two charts, provides another high level review and comparative data on the Fairfax County Virginia educational level. Fairfax County depicts it has a School Dropout Rate of 7% which is less than most other counties in the greater region. The county with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the area is Manassas Park city and County which shows a percent who dropped out of school of 20% (approximately 3.1 times bigger).
Figure 5 provides a more detailed look at the educational attainment for Fairfax County Virginia. This chart provides the proportion of people aged 25 years of age or older and what was their level of educational attainment. The chart provides 5 broad categories including: No Education/No School, Some High School, High School or equivalent, Some college or Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree or higher. Fairfax County has the percentage of percent of people with no schooling less than most other counties in the metro area at 5% of the total. Second, it has in the intermediate range of other counties in the greater region when ranked by percent of people with less than a high school education at 12% of the total. Third, it has in the center range of other counties in the local area in order of percent of people with some college or an associates degree at 64% of the total.
The next chart shows a break down of people who have received a bachelor's degree or higher advanced degree generally in a campus learning environment. In particular, Figure 6, provides the proportional breakdown of all the people who have received a postsecondary education along with what the level of advanced degree that was obtained. Note that these categories do not include any type professional development type activities such as those related to maintaining professional credentials in workshop lessons. Note Professional Degree includes medical, dental, lawyers, etc. Fairfax County has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with a bachelors degree at 34% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Arlington County (35%), and #1 Falls Church city and County (42%) are larger.
The next chart (Figure 8) provides a more detailed deep dive on the category of major degree obtained for people aged 25 years or older who earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Specifically, this frequency distribution details out what the major field of study was the degree obtained. Fairfax County has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a degree in literature and languages at 5.3% of the total. Second, it has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a degree in communications at 4.4% of the total.
Figure 9 provides comparative data between the places in the greater Fairfax County Virginia region for broad educational attainment. This analysis uses provides five broad education attainment categories including: No Education/No School, Some High School, High School or equivalent, Some college or Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree or higher. Fairfax County has the percentage of percent of people with some college or an associates degree in the mid range of other counties in the metro area at 63.5% of the total.
A more detailed frequency distribution of educational attainment is provided in Figure 10. In particular this illustration breaks out the highest levels of university educational opportunities beyond the four year college degree. Included in the breakout are the relative proportion of masters degrees, PhD/Doctorate/Doctorial holders, and professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, lawyers, etc. Fairfax County has the percentage of percent of people with no schooling less than most other counties in the local area at 5.0% of the total. Second, it has in the center range of other counties in the greater region when sorted by percent of people with less than high school at 12.3% of the total. The next exhibit (Figure 11) provides detailed cross tabulation analysis that provides education success data broken out or cross tabulated by age group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Figure 12 is a cross tabulation analysis that shows large educational success categories and is broken out or cross tabulated by racial group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.The final cross tabulation analysis is provided in Figure 13 and shows education success broken out by gender. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Fairfax County School Enrollment Charts
Figure 15 provides a simple high level comparison of the proportion of students that are enrolled in public schools versus students enrolled in private schools in the Fairfax County Virginia region. Fairfax County depicts percent enrolled in public schools approximately 4.3 times bigger as the percent enrolled in private schools.
The next comparison provided in Figure 16 shows the proportion of students enrolled in private schools versus students enrolled public schools for students enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade (grade 8) or (K through 8). Fairfax County depicts percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades very much bigger as the percent of children enrolled in private k-8 grades.
Figure 17 provides a comparative analysis all students enrolled in a public high school versus those students who are enrolled in private high school schools. Fairfax County shows percent enrolled in a public high school substantially bigger as the percent enrolled in a private high school.
The next chart (Figure 18) provides a similar analysis to the last chart but provides the data for public post secondary education versus private higher education colleges. Fairfax County depicts percent enrolled in a public college approximately 4.7 times bigger as the percent enrolled in a private college.
Figure 19 shows another view of students enrolled in public or private schools-postsecondary schools or colleges/universities. This analysis shows the proportion for all graduate and professional schools (such as law or medical school) and whether those students are enrolled in private or public institutions. Fairfax County depicts percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school 32.6% larger as the percent enrolled in a private gradudate or professional school.
The next chart in this series of resources shown in Figure 20 looks at the total number of students enrolled in any educational institution for each place in the greater Fairfax County region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Fairfax County depicts it has a Total Enrolled of 303,718 which is the largest of all counties in the greater Fairfax County region. Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 81,076,829, Fairfax County is only about 0.4% the size. Also, compared to the state of Virginia, total population enrolled in school of 2,121,897, Fairfax County is approximately a sixth the size.
Fairfax County Area Schools Charts
Figure 23 lists all the schools in the area along with the school district, county location and other program information/credential such as if they are a public charter school or private charter school or magnet school. Some of the Area Schools are: Olde Creek Elem, Little Run Elem, Frost Middle, Fairfax County Adult High, and Woodson High. The next illustration in Figure 24 shows the total child school enrollment for all grades (through 12th grade) at the school shown using NCES data (Common Core of Data, Public Elementary-Secondary School Universe Survey.) Looking at Enrollment for Area Schools we find that Lake Braddock Secondary ranks the largest with a value of 4,033 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: Robinson Secondary (3,934), Fairfax High (2,724), Woodson High (2,246), and Frost Middle (1,083). The difference between the highest value (Lake Braddock Secondary) and the next highest (Robinson Secondary) is that the enrolled students is about only about 2.5% larger.
Figure 25 show the ratio of the number of students to the number of teachers in the classroom. A good student to teacher ratio should be low because it indicates that there are less students for any one teacher to educate in a class and generally a better learning environment, better success and optimal teaching excellence. Teachers includes all educational staff such as special education teachers and any other educator. Note that distance learning (online learning/remote learning) is not included in these values. Looking at Student to Teacher Ratio for Area Schools we find that Fairfax County Adult High ranks the largest with a value of 4.5 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: Olde Creek Elem (11.3), Little Run Elem (12.5), Kings Park Elem (13.4), and Frost Middle (13.7). The difference between the lowest value (Fairfax County Adult High) and the next lowest (Olde Creek Elem) is that the student to teacher ratio is approximately 2.5 times bigger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of Virginia department of education.
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