Answer for "Does Alexandria VA have good schools?"

Amy Todd real estate agent
  Keller Williams-Wilmington

The city of Alexandria, VA, is located south of Arlington, VA, and across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. That location brings along with it great expectations from the Alexandria City School District. The first thing that any parent that’s interested in this city’s education quality should know is that the students in Alexandria, VA, aren’t limited to the Alexandria City School District. Part of the schools that Alexandrians have access to are under the Fairfax County School District’s tutelage, Arlington County School District, D.C. School District, and Prince George’s County School District. As a great place to live, deciding which area or neighborhood of Alexandria, VA fits you best can come down to schools’ quality. So, where you live in this city makes quite a difference when it comes to the schools.

For that reason, in particular, we will analyze both school districts for you. Firstly we’ll start with the Alexandria City School District as it is the most diverse school district in both the Washington D.C. Area and the entire state. After that, we’ll get into details about two of the other school districts that serve the city of Alexandria, VA, in part.

Alexandria City School District

As mentioned above, the Alexandria City School District is ranked by Niche as the most diverse schooldistrict in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and the entire state of Virginia. It is also the third-best school district for athletes in the Washington D.C. metro area and the fifth in the state. After the last analysis, it was determined that for the year 2021, there are 18 public schools in the Alexandria City School District for approximately 18,000 students. The student-to-teacher ratio is 14:1 (Virginia’s 15:1), and the state test scores show that 52% of the students are proficient in math while 69% are proficient in reading.


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The district’s best schools are Maury Elementary School, Lulus-crouch Elementary School, and Charles Barrett Elementary School. Its diversity comes from 73% of minority enrollment, mostly Hispanic with 40% but includes 25% African American, 5.5% Asian, and 3.3% Multi-racial.

Fairfax and Arlington County School Districts

As the highest-ranked school districts that serve Alexandria, VA, we decided to give you a few more details about The Fairfax County School District (FCSD) and Arlington County School District (ACSD). 

FCSD is ranked by Niche as the fourth-most diverse school district in Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and also the fourth-best for athletes. Fairfax County School System is one of the country’s largest school districts, with 222 public schools and the seventh-highest concentrations of top-ranked public schools in the state. The student-to-teacher ratio is 15:1, the same as the state average. The math proficiency score is at 77%, while the reading proficiency score is at 82%.

Niche considers ACSD to be the best place to teach in Virginia and its second-best school district. When it comes to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, the ACSD is the second-safestschool district and the third-best school district. Arlington County School District comprises 39 public schools and has the fifth-highest concentration of top-ranked public schools in the state. The student-to-teacher ratio is 15:1, and the math proficiency is at 77%, with reading being at 84%.

Deciding which school district and which school will give your child the most benefits isn’t the easiest of tasks. However, with this information available, if you decide to contact real estate agents in Alexandria VA, to relocate to this city, you can mention which school district you are more interested in. Each school district comes with pros and cons, but in the end, it’s your home’s area that makes it possible for your child to attend the best school system available for them.


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