Fairfax County Adult Alternative High School
4105 Whitacre Road, Fairfax, VA
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Administrator: Michelle Morgan

School Summary

Fairfax County Adult High School (FCAHS) is unique in that it is the only designated adult high school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our students are seeking a traditional high school diploma by earning the required number of credits for either a standard or adult high school diploma established by the Virginia Department of Education. Students have the opportunity to earn those credits in a modern classroom setting that utilizes technology in a blended learning environment. In addition, adult students may also pursue a High School Equivalency (HSE), which in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

The mission of Fairfax County Adult High School is to provide an adult student-centered, technology rich educational environment, which is academically challenging, innovative, individualized, equitable, and standards based. Our goal is to encourage and respect open dialogue that values our students' and teachers' experiences as part of a unique educational program. We challenge students to take responsibility for their own education, to realize their potential, and to become lifelong learners.

Fairfax County Adult High School students come from diverse backgrounds and varied experiences. Our students come from Latin American countries, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and from all across the United States, speaking 24 languages, and ranging in age from 18 to 70. Our adult students bring unique cultural gifts and experiences to share with other students as well as with the teachers and staff. The student body is like a tapestry, where every thread is unique and vibrant, yet an integral part of the whole.

The purpose of Fairfax County Adult High School is to ensure that no adults are left behind so that they can competently pursue their educational ambitions. Adults enter the high school diploma and HSE program with a variety of experiences on which to build; the creative task of the administration and teachers is to weave those experiences of adult life with instruction in content courses, to ensure adult students pass the requirements for either a diploma or HSE.

Fairfax County Adult High School provides traditional high school, Adult Basic Education, and GED prep classes with scheduling flexibility at multiple locations during daytime and evening hours. In addition, instruction is individualized and personalized with blended learning and academic support, two GED Testing Centers, and referrals to other Adult and Community Education programs, in an environment that embraces technology and utilizes on line learning platforms. The program of studies provides adults an opportunity to earn a high school credential or HSE in order to pursue future education and career goals, which in turn, will benefit our community in general.

Last Updated: 2019-02-01

Enrollment Enrollment as of January 201920: 415
Grades 9-12
FCPS Programs Last Updated: 2019-01-15
Special Features
  • Adult Basic Education classes
  • Block scheduling: Daytime and evening programs
  • GED Preparation classes
  • One to One Technology (laptops) for all learners
  • Online learning platforms
  • Part-time Social Worker
  • Semester and year-long courses
  • Three Learning Locations
  • Two GED Testing Centers
Last Updated: 2019-02-01
Business Partnership
  • Department of Family Services
  • Department of Rehabilitative Services
  • Dunn Loring Rotary Club
  • Fairfax County Adult Detention Center
  • Fairfax County Juvenile Court
  • Falls Church and South County Skill Source Centers
  • FCPS Adult and Community Education
  • George Mason University "Dreamcatchers" program
  • McLean Rotary Club
  • Tysons Corner Rotary Club
  • Virginia Employment Commission
Last Updated: 2019-02-01
Attendance Area This school serves all of Fairfax County