FCAG: High School

FCAG Information on High School

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

FCAG maintains and collects data about the AP and IB programs. Some of this data was obtained through FOIA requests.

The AP and IB programs are very different in nature. A brief description of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the Advanced Placement Program can be found below.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in all FCPS Schools, but some schools, like those with an International Baccalaureate program, have just a few AP offerings. The County maintains a website with a lot of information about Advanced Placement, including which schools offer which courses.

The International Baccalaureate Program, and specifically the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is only offered in some FCPS schools. Information about this program can be found here.

In December, 2014, FCAG had a panel discussion on the differences between these programs. Notes from that discussion can be found here.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJSST)

TjHSST is a magnet school requiring an application to attend. FCAG has done extensive cataloging, data-collecting and data-analyzing on TJ. We maintain several TJ pages for advocacy efforts, admissions policies, and statistics. Click here for more information.

S.A.T. and P.S.A.T.

FCAG has compiled a lot of data about how FCPS students do on S.A.T.s and P.S.A.T.s.

Math Competitions and Clubs

FCAG is not involved directly with high school competitions. The exception to this is that FCAG invites middle school students who take the AMC 8 and place on the Honor Roll or Distinguished Honor roll, and whose schools do not offer the AMC 10, to take the AMC 10 through FCAG.

High school students who enjoy mathematics may be interested in the Fairfax Math Circle. The Math Circle meets regularly at George Mason University, and also participates in numerous mathematics competitions at the high school level.


Many colleges have started to award merit scholarships to students regardless of financial need, including some highly selective schools.