Fairfax

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The City of Fairfax, colloquially known as Fairfax City, Downtown Fairfax, Old Town Fairfax, or Fairfax Courthouse, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,565, which had risen to an estimated 24,574 as of 2018. The City of Fairfax is an enclave surrounded by the separate political entity Fairfax County. Fairfax City also contains an exclave of Fairfax County, the Fairfax County Court Complex. The City of Fairfax and the area immediately surrounding the historical border of the City of Fairfax, collectively designated by Fairfax County as “Fairfax”, comprise the county seat of Fairfax County. The city is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as a part of Northern Virginia.

The former Fairfax County Courthouse is the oldest historic building in Fairfax. The first Fairfax courthouse was established in 1742 near present-day Tyson’s Corner, and is the namesake for Old Courthouse Road. The oldest two-story building in the city, built in 1873, the Fairfax Public School for $2,750. In addition to elementary school use the building has also housed special education, adult education, and police academy training. On July 4, 1992, the building became the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. Joseph Edward Willard built the town hall building in 1900 then gifted it to the then town in 1902. The Old Town Hall now houses the Huddleston Library and the Fairfax Art League.

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In May 2009, Fairfax was rated as No. 3 in the "Top 25 Places to Live Well" by Forbes Magazine. Forbes commended Fairfax for its strong public school system, high median salary, and a rate of sole proprietors per capita that ranks it in the top 1 percent nationwide. According to the magazine, "These factors are increasingly important in a recession. When businesses and jobs retract, as they have nationwide, municipalities with strong environments for start-ups, and those that offer attractive amenities, are better suited to recover from economic downtimes, as there are more business activity filling the void."

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RATING* SCHOOL NAME GRADES SCHOOL TYPE
2 Eagle View Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
2 Fairfax Villa Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
1 Providence Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
5 Willow Springs Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
1 Daniels Run Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Lanier Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Fairfax High School Academy 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
3 Fairfax High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A St. Leo The Great School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Paul Vi Catholic High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Trinity Christian School Kindergarten - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Good Shepherd Christian Academy Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
N/A The Kellar School Of Inova Kellar Center 4th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Phillips School Fairfax 1St Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Gesher Jewish Day School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Truro Preschool & Kindergarten Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.
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