The majority of buyers with children in the home under 18 years of age said the quality of the school districts in an area is a deciding factor when purchasing a home. Finding a good school is actually so important that many buyers are often even willing to forego certain amenities in order to have access to quality schools that fit their children’s needs.
When looking for excellent schools, Virginia’s are among the best, and Springfield’s consistently receive top honors. Students are diverse, generally economically advantaged, and high schoolers have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams.
Among the schools in Springfield — generally found in the 22150 zip code area — are fourteen elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools.
Here are the Springfield, VA area Elementary Schools:
- Cherry Run ES
- Greenbriar East ES
- Greenbriar West ES
- Hunt Valley ES
- Keene Mill ES
- Lees Corner ES
- Orange Hunt ES
- Rolling Valley ES
- Sangster ES
- Silverbrook ES
- Union Mill ES
- West Springfield ES
- West Springfield HS
- White Oaks ES
- Willow Springs ES
Here are the Springfield, VA area Middle Schools:
Here are the Springfield, VA area High Schools:
(Keep in mind that school district boundaries can change and that Springfield area homeowners may be zoned to attend school in nearby areas and Fairfax.)
According to the Fairfax Country Public Schools website, of which Springfield belongs, all Fairfax County high schools have been designated among the most demanding public schools in the country, yet FCPS students demonstrate achievement at the proficient or advanced level on state standardized tests. Pass rates exceeded the state percentages by three to seven points.
While scores and numbers don’t tell the whole story, they are among the hallmarks of a good school system. Other factors that are important to prospective home buyers are high test scores in other areas, accelerated programs, arts and music, diversity, and before- and after-school programs.
There is a lot that goes into a child’s educational experience, and the Springfield school system offers so much that parents value.
It is also worth noting that Springfield, VA schools generally have a 14 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, which means that students receive more focused attention from educators. Fairfax County schools also claim to spend $16,186 per student, which is almost $4,000 more than the national average of $12,239 per student.
There are multiple opportunities for youth to participate in a variety of sports and other extracurricular programs. This enhances a school system in parent’s eyes as well because extra-curricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom. Any time students are offered the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, they become more well-rounded.
Fairfax County Public Schools has also partnered with Genesys Works, a non-profit organization that works to train and provide paid IT internships to high school seniors. Students have the chance to be placed with employers in the metropolitan area for unparalleled job training opportunities.
Smart parents also search specifically for school systems with strong Parent Teacher Associations and/or that appreciate parents offering their voice to school decision-making. Springfield, VA school’s PTAs are highly active.
One Springfield, VA parent said “Our children are challenged in school and are progressing well in their education… Overall, the teachers here are communicative with parents about student progress.” Another said that Springfield’s “teachers are professionals, very caring, and go above and beyond to assist with any issues.”
Real estate agents know how important school ratings are to homebuyers. In addition to their impact on students, this is especially true since school districts can affect a home’s purchase price and resale value. Homes that are located near top-quality school districts usually translate to higher property values and generally have better resale potential.
Here at List With Elizabeth®, we know that finding a good school is an important part of your Springfield, VA home search and with our personal experience and knowledge of Springfield area schools, we’d love to be your resource.