A Christian school is a school run on Christian principles or by a Christian organization. The nature of Christian schools varies enormously from country to country, according to the religious and political cultures. In some countries, there is a strict separation of church and state, so all religious schools are private. In the United States, religion is not taught by state-funded educational systems, though schools must allow students wanting to study religion to do so as an extracurricular activity, as they would with any other such activity. Over 4 million students, about 1 child in 12, attend most of them Christian. There is great variety in the educational and religious philosophies of these schools, as might be expected from the large number of religious denominations in the United States; the largest system of Christian education in the United States is operated by the Catholic Church. As of 2011, there were 6,841 secondary schools enrolling about 2.2 million students. Most are administered by individual parishes.
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod operates the largest Protestant school system in the United States. As of 2018, the LCMS operated 1,127 early childhood centers and preschools, 778 elementary schools, 87 high schools; these schools are taught by 21,000 teachers. Lutheran schools operated by the LCMS exist in Hong Kong and mainland China; the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod operates 403 early childhood centers, 313 elementary schools, 25 high schools as of 2018. The Episcopal Church in the United States of America maintains 1,200 schools, of which about 50 are secondary schools and which educate about 2% of all students in private schools or 0.22% of the school population in the United States. Although there are few Episcopal schools, such as the Groton School in Massachusetts and St Paul's in New Hampshire, have played a significant role in the development of the American prep school. Episcopal schools are far more to be independent, with little outside control, than their Roman Catholic counterparts.
Many Episcopal high schools have an annual tuition well in excess of $15,000 higher the average for non-sectarian private schools and far higher than the average for non-Roman Catholic religious schools and over twice the average for Roman Catholic high schools. The United Methodist Church and Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection operate parochial schools and colleges throughout the United States. Many conservative Protestants reserve the term "Christian school" for schools affiliated with conservative Protestant denominations, excluding Catholic schools in particular; these conservative Protestant Christian schools are run in conjunction with a church or a denomination. Parents who want their children taught according to the principles of their church, can choose to send their children to such schools, but unless the school is subsidized by their church, or is part of a school choice or education voucher program funded by the government, they must pay tuition; some American Christian schools are large and well-funded, while others are small and rely on volunteers from the community.
Some Christian schools those sponsored by fundamentalist groups, do not accept government funding and subsidies because they would put their school operations under more government scrutiny and legislation, which can lead to the government dictating their school's operation. An example of this would be a requirement to adhere to a state Civil Rights law, in exchange for the subsidy, this would conflict with a Christian school that has mandatory religious requirements for admission, or does not allow its students to opt out of attending religious services. Though a school may accept no government money, it still must adhere to the state education curriculum, student academic performance standards, state-mandated standardized testing scores, it is subject to standard inspection by government regulators for in-classroom teaching quality and teacher qualifications including visiting classes. Not accepting government money avoids government management of a Christian school, but does not remove governmental oversight.
According to the Seventh-day Adventist Church the largest Protestant Christian school system in the world is the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a total of 6,709 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.2 million students worldwide. The North American Division Office of Education oversees 1,049 schools with 65,000 students in the United States and Bermuda. Another large association of Protestant Christian schools is the Association of Christian Schools International. ACSI serves 5,300 member schools in 100 countries with an enrollment of nearly 1.2 million students. The American Association of Christian Schools, founded in 1972, brings together many conservative Protestant Christian schools. Members subscribe to a Statement of Faith based on biblical literalism and rejection of ecumenism. AACS member schools enroll over 100,000 students; the AACS has an active lobbying program in Washington. Another association of Pro
Fairfax County Public Schools
The Fairfax County Public Schools system is a school division in the U. S. commonwealth of Virginia. It is a branch of the Fairfax County government which administers public schools in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. FCPS's headquarters is located in the Gatehouse Administration Center in Merrifield, an unincorporated section of the county near the city of Falls Church. With over 180,000 students enrolled, FCPS is the largest public school system in Virginia, as well as the largest in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; the school division is led by Division Superintendent Dr. Scott S. Brabrand. Dr. Brabrand was appointed Superintendent in June 2017; the school division is the 10th largest school system in the nation and as of 2017 maintains the seventh-largest school bus fleet of any school system in the United States. The public school system in Fairfax County was created after the Civil War with the adoption by Virginia of the Reconstruction-era state constitution in 1870, which provided for the first time that a free public education was a constitutional right.
The first superintendent of Schools for Fairfax County was Thomas M. Moore, sworn in on September 26, 1870. At the time of its creation, the Fairfax County Public Schools system consisted of 41 schools, 28 white and 13 colored schools. In 1886, Milton D. Hall was appointed superintendent, he would serve for 44 years until his retirement in 1929. Fairfax County Schools, like most school systems in the south, schools practiced de jure segregation. There were local elementary schools for black students but not high schools. Although Fairfax was a densely populated area, there were proportionately few black high school students. Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier Counties shared the high school for black students; the school was centrally located between the counties in Manassas. Others attended high schools in Washington, D. C. where many had relatives. Those schools were Armstrong High School, Cardozo High School, Dunbar High School, Phelps Vocational Center in Washington, D. C. In 1951 Fairfax County, at the request of residents for a black high school, began construction of the Luther Jackson School.
The opening coincided with the Brown decision passed in 1954. In 1954, FCPS had 6 high schools; that year, the Luther Jackson High School, the first high school for black students, opened in Falls Church. The Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ordered an end to racial segregation. In response, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted legislation to stop the process of desegregation, took control of all the schools in Virginia, resorted to closing school systems attempting to desegregate; when Arlington County announced an early attempt at a desegregation plan, its school board was fired by the State Board of Education. In 1955 the Fairfax School Board, renamed the "Committee on Desegregation" to the "Committee on Segregation" after a petition and thread of litigation from a civic group called "Virginia Citizens’ Committee for Better Schools". After the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Daniel Duke, author of Education Empire, wrote: "Whether local school systems such as Fairfax County, left to their own, would have moved forward to implement desegregation in the late fifties will never be known.
Richmond removed any possibility of local option..." It was recognized in court cases that it was the state, running the show, not the county. The ruling from the court stated, "Prior to the Brown decision Fairfax County maintained a dual school system: one for Negro students. Shortly thereafter the placement of all children in the Fairfax County schools was taken from the local School Board and vested in the state Pupil Placement Board; the assignment of students remained with the state Board until the 1961–62 school year, at which time placement responsibilities were reinvested in the local School Board. Fairfax County began their desegregation efforts shortly thereafter; as early as 1955 it was noted that in the Virginia General Assembly: Delegates from Northern Virginia opposed the Stanley plans as well as calls for more radical legislation. Virginia's 10th district was the only congressional district to vote against the Gray Plan. Delegate Boatwright introduced another bill aimed at correcting the unorthodox views of the northern Virginians.
Boatwright's legislation would have prohibited certain federal employees from serving on school boards or holding other local offices. The point of this bill, called the "Boatwright Bill" was without a doubt aimed at Northern Virginia and the School Boards. Boatwright himself said his bill affected all of Virginia communities but admitted Northern Virginia was most affected; the reason for the bill was because they felt that Federal Employees were in support of the Federal government's position on integration. The seven-member Fairfax County School Board included four Federal employees. In Blackwell v. Fairfax County School Board, black plaintiffs charged that the Fairfax grade-a-year plan was discriminatory and dilatory. Fifteen black children had been refused admission to white schools because they did not fall within the prescribed grades of the School Board's assignment plan; the plaintiffs contended that the speed of desegregation was too slow under the school board's plan. In accepting the plaintiff's argument, District Judge Albert V. Bryan did not categorically rule out such plans.
Instead, he emphasized. Since the black school population of Fairfax County was less than four percent, Bryan considered the fear of racial friction an unacceptable
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Centreville High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)
Centreville High School is a public high school located in unincorporated southwestern Fairfax County, United States, north of the town of Clifton and east of the Centreville CDP. Having opened in 1988 to serve the growing population of the Clifton/Centreville region, CVHS is the top of the Centreville High School Pyramid in Region 4 of the Fairfax County Public School system. In 2010 the school was ranked as the 4th best high school in Fairfax County, the 18th best high school out of 172 schools rated in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area. On a national level, in 2010 CVHS was ranked as the 130th best of all high schools in the United States. Centreville High School enrolls 2350 students in grades 9-12; the school's students work with 150 faculty and staff members, with the population divided between four sub-schools. The school colors are Columbia blue and silver; the school is within the Clifton, Virginia zip code jurisdiction, but its physical location is closer to the unincorporated community of Centreville.
Residents of the town of Clifton attend a high school east of Centreville. In the early 1980s construction of an intermediate school serving grades 7 and 8 was proposed for Braddock Park to deal with the westward population shift in the county. Funds for the construction of the proposed Braddock Park Intermediate School were included as part of the $57.2 million school bond issue approved by a voter referendum on November 3, 1981, with the intent of the school opening in 1984. However, fluctuating enrollment figures led the Fairfax County School Board to consider delaying construction of Braddock Park Intermediate school for a 1988 opening before voting on January 13, 1983 on a compromise that would see the school open in 1986. By April 1984, Superintendent William J. Burkholder was recommending that a high school should be constructed instead of an intermediate school. Burkholder's plan was that the school would open as an intermediate school in 1988, transition to becoming a high school; this change required the addition of 10 acres to the 25-acre school site to comply with state high school property requirements.$43.2 million of the $74.87 million school bond issue approved by a voter referendum on November 6, 1984 was earmarked for construction of what was called Braddock Park High School, as well as several elementary schools.
In 1986, the $22.6 million contract for construction of the school was awarded to A. S. McGaughan Company. Construction of the school was temporarily shut down in August 1987 following the discovery of cancer-causing mineral asbestos in the soil. Despite early reports that the asbestos was not dangerous, it was discovered that a large amount of the soil in Western Fairfax County is contaminated with fibrous asbestos. In March 1988, the Fairfax County School Board set the enrollment area for the new school, based on the plan of Springfield district board member Anthony Cardinale following controversy over the plan submitted by Superintendent Robert R. Spillane; the school board voted to name the new high school Centreville High School at its May 12, 1988 meeting, rejecting the Braddock Park name as a source of potential confusion with Lake Braddock Secondary School, although the chosen name was the source of controversy due to Centreville being the poorer of the two communities served by the new high school, with a reputation of being "a redneck burg".
Despite the controversy, it was as Centreville High School that the new school opened in the Fall of 1988 with a class of over 1000 seventh through tenth graders. Over the next few years, the seventh and eighth grades were phased out and Centreville had a complement of ninth through twelfth grades; the CVHS population includes students. In the 2015-16 school year, Centreville High School's student body was 37.56% White, 32.36% Asian, 17.36% Hispanic, 8.82% Black and 3.90% Other. In her column from September 10, 2010—the day before the 9th anniversary of 9/11—Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak highlighted Centreville's diversity, referring to it as an example of how racial and ethnic tolerance should be celebrated. Centreville High School is a accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia; the average SAT score in 2010 for Centreville was 1,596. The average ACT score in 2010 was 22.9. Both SAT and ACT scores exceeded state and national average test scores. 2031 Advanced Placement tests were administered in the 2009-2010 school year.
932 students were enrolled in AP classes. CVHS students exceeded collective National Average Passing rates in 2009 by 8% overall. Specific disciplines exceeded by CVHS's population with respect to the National Passing rates include Calculus AB, exceeded by 24%. S. Government, exceeded by 24%. Centreville's theatre program directed by Mike Hudson, has won awards, including Cappies in several categories; the Cappie awards held by Centreville Theatre: Anthony Ingargiola, Supporting Actor in a Musical, "Working", 2011 Best Song, Confrontation and Hyde, 2007 Nate Betancourt, Lead Actor in a Musical and Hyde, 2007 Sarah Villyard, Lead Actress in a Musical, Fame, 2004 Eric St. Peter, Lead Actor In a Play, "Rumors", 2003 Best Play, Rumors, 2003 Tony Moreno, Cameo Actor in a Musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", 2001 Ali Miramany, Best Male Vocalist, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", 2001 Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2001 Nicole McCarth
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is an American financial standards association representing evangelical Christian organizations which qualify for tax-exempt, nonprofit status and receive tax-deductible contributions. Founded in 1979, ECFA accredits over 2,200 member organizations which have demonstrated compliance with its financial standards; as of 2015, the collective annual revenue of ECFA member organizations is reported to be nearly $25 billion. The organization has, since its inception, been based in the Washington, D. C. area with offices presently in Winchester, Virginia. In 1977, Senator Mark Hatfield, who since 1973 had been a member of the board of World Vision, told evangelicals that they needed to formalize some means for financial accountability or government legislation would be required. At the same time, Texas Congressman Charles Wilson had drafted a bill that would have required ministries to disclose "at the point of solicitation." A group of representatives from more than thirty evangelical groups met in December of that year to formulate a plan.
At that meeting, Hatfield's chief legislative assistant told them that "a voluntary disclosure program" would "preclude the necessity of federal intervention into the philanthropic and religious sector." The call for more regulation was a reaction to public pressure caused by several media reports about scandals related to misuse of funds in charities. In 1979, the ECFA was founded by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the US branch of World Vision. World Vision's president Stan Mooneyham stated, "There is no denying that this threat of government action was one of the stimuli" for the founding of the ECFA. ECFA was founded with the establishment of seven standards of accountability that covered board governance, the requirement for audited financial statements, the requirement for public disclosure of the audited financial statements, the avoidance of conflicts of interest, standards regarding fundraising activities, it was believed that the proposed standards of accountability exceeded the requirements of law.
Charities that met those standards and paid the membership fee were granted a seal of approval. Membership fees were based on donated income. Evangelical charities could apply for accreditation and were required to submit information that would be reviewed and evaluated against those standards; those meeting the standards would be granted a seal of approval. The mission of ECFA is to assist religious charitable organizations to gain and maintain the public respect and confidence in the operations of the respective charity through the compliance with the Standards, to protect the donor public from possible unethical conduct in the management of the affairs of the charities; the mission statement adopted by ECFA is as follows: "Enhancing Trust in Christ-Centered Churches and Ministries". Commentary on the mission statement can be found on the ECFA Website; the ECFA members are organized charities in the US 5013 Evangelical nonprofits and churches. Members range "from evangelism in foreign jungles to race car driver evangelism, from ministry to the elderly, the impaired, to those in the military, those on the streets, to many in between.
All members are fulfilling a calling to reach a lost world for Christ. ECFA members are located across the U. S. and U. S. territories and range from the large national ministries to smaller local ministries and churches."Members are required to annually submit a renewal document which includes the recent copy of the audited financial statement and answers to a number of questions related to the membership standards. As an accrediting organization, ECFA provides a seal of approval to those members who adhere to the Seven Standards of Accountability. Voluntary resignations and dissolutions are frequent reasons for terminations. However, ECFA's list of former members includes terminations for failure to provide information or comply with the standards. A notable former member is Gospel For Asia, who's membership was terminated in October 2015 after allegations of donation misuse. In a 2004 survey, ECFA was seen by respondents as an effective accreditation program that provided assurance of financial propriety for its members.
In January 2011, Senator Charles Grassley, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, asked ECFA to facilitate responses from the ministry community concerning a series of legislative proposals prepared by his staff. ECFA formed the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations to assist in this process; the Commission included a variety of religious representatives, including Islam. In addition to the religious panel, there was a legal panel, a non-profit panel. In April 2011, ECFA named members to the commission. Dan Busby, president of ECFA. Rev. Luis Cortes, founder of Esperanza, Philadelphia, Pa. one of the largest Hispanic evangelical networks in the nation. Rev. Mark Davis, chief financial officer of Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Stephen Douglass, Campus Crusade for Christ, Fla. Richard Hammar, attorney and CPA, general counsel for the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Mo. Mark Holbrook, president and CEO of Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Calif. Dr. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, Fla.
Lauren Libby, president, TWR, Cary, N. C. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent in The Wesleyan Church, Ind, she was the CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, Va.. Dr. Mark Rutland, former president, Oral Roberts University, Okla. Rev. William Townes Jr. CPA, vice president of the S
Mount Vernon High School (Virginia)
Mount Vernon High School is a public high school in the Fairfax County Public Schools system located in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Constructed to take the place of the Lee-Jackson High School, Mount Vernon High school first opened in November 1939. With the opening of the school, Lee-Jackson principal G. Claude Cox moved to Mount Vernon, becoming the school's first principal, Lee-Jackson became an elementary school. In 1945, Principal Cox resigned to become principal of Wythe High School in Wytheville and Lee-Jackson principal Melvin B. Landes moved to Mount Vernon to begin a nearly thirty-year tenure there; the school's current location was built in 1961 as Walt Whitman Intermediate School. In 1973, Mount Vernon and Whitman swapped facilities, the former intermediate school was enlarged to serve its new role as a high school; the original Mount Vernon High School continued to operate as the Walt Whitman Intermediate School until 1985, when Whitman was moved to the former Stephen Foster Intermediate School.
In 1973, Principal Melvin Landes retired, Thomas G. Hyer took over as Principal. Following the departure of Eric Brent to become principal at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Nardos King became the principal of MVHS in 2006. After nine years as principal, Nardos King resigned in 2015 to take a position as Assistant Superintendent of High Schools with the Baltimore County Public Schools system. Assistant Principal Esther Manns became the interim principal of MVHS in September 2015. In February 2016, Rocky Run Middle School Principal Dr. Anthony S. Terrell was announced as the principal of Mount Vernon High School, beginning in March; the original Mount Vernon High School is still standing on Richmond Highway. This school closed in 2016. Students with individual needs are accommodated through special education programs, including English for speakers of other languages program, advanced placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Mount Vernon is an high school; the average SAT score in 2013 for Mount Vernon was a 1417.
For the 2014-15 school year, Mount Vernon High School's student body was 37.80% Hispanic, 29.56% Black, 20.91% White, 6.36% Asian and 5.37% Other. School athletic programs feature fall and spring sports, including cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, golf, basketball, swimming, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and intramural sports. In Mount Vernon's history, it has garnered five AAA State Championship titles, they won their first title in 1979, in basketball, their second in 1983, for football, their third in 2008 for the swim & dive team, a fourth in 2013, for soccer, as well as one for wrestling. Mount Vernon's "Little Theater," named "The Andrew Lee Pauley Theater," was dedicated to an English and Drama teacher who retired from the school in 1986; the Little Theater can hold a capacity of more than 500 students. It is home to MVHS Theatre Arts program. Other notable events include "Mr. Mount Vernon" and "Miss Personality," model shows that are held annually. Tim Koogle, first CEO and President of Yahoo Gary Etherington, professional soccer player Tony Perkins, Chief Weatherman, WTTG-TV.
Chuck Robb, former U. S. Senator and Governor of Virginia. Ed Cunningham, former professional football player and TV sports journalist and broadcaster. Christina Chambers, actress Markus Rogan, a professional swimmer, earning silver medal in backstroke at the 2004 Olympics Atlee Hammaker, former Major League Baseball pitcher Syd Thrift, former MLB scout and executive, was baseball coach at Mt. Vernon 1953–1956 Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, current Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Flint Hill School
Flint Hill School, founded in 1956, is a private, co-educational, college preparatory school, in Oakton, serving grades JK–12. The school has separate upper and lower school campuses about a mile apart in Fairfax County 20 miles from Washington, D. C. Flint Hill School was founded in 1956 by Don Niklason as the Flint Hill Preparatory School, a co-educational day school with 18 students in grades K–8; the school's origins date back to the state of Virginia's resistance to the Supreme Court of the United States' 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision holding that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. In 1956, the year of the school's founding, Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. declared a policy of Massive Resistance against compliance with Brown v. Board of Education, the Virginia Assembly enacted the Stanley plan, a package of thirteen statutes designed to ensure Virginia's public schools remained segregated. In 1959 the Fairfax County School Board approved tuition grants for 60 students to attend private schools and thereby avoid desegregated public schools.
Of those initial grants, 44 went to students attending the Flint Hill School. Fairfax County Public School Assistant Superintendent George Pope remarked to the Washington Post, "We've just about put that school in business."Students attended classes in the Miller House, an estate home belonging to the Francis Pickens Miller family. In 1986 Flint Hill purchased 13 acres of property several blocks away at the corner of Chain Bridge and Jermantown Road, the Miller House was transported to the new campus, where it now serves as an administrative building. In 1990, the new academic building was only finished and funding for its completion was in doubt. A group of educational and civic leaders from Northern Virginia led by John T. Hazel, Jr. acquired the school and reorganized it as a nonprofit independent day school. The 1990–91 academic year began on the new campus with 65 faculty members and an enrollment of 425 students, in grades K–12. By the late 1990s, with more than 700 students, there was a need to expand.
In 1998 Flint Hill acquired parcels of property totaling 30 acres within one mile of the existing campus. Groundbreaking took place for the Upper School Campus in summer 2000 and classes began there in September 2001. In 2010, Flint Hill introduced the 1:1 technology program, providing all students with Apple Inc. computers and tablets. In 2011, it was named an "Apple Virginia Site School". In 2013 and 2015, it was recognized as an "Apple Distinguished School", an award Apple gives to schools that "demonstrate Apple's vision for learning with technology"; as of 2017, Flint Hill has two campuses with nearly 1,000 students and more than 200 faculty and staff members. The Upper School has three continually published, on-campus student publications: The Flint Hill View, The Rough Draft, The Iditarod. Both middle and upper school students can take part in class government through the Student Council Association; the school participates in the Independent School League for girls' sports and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference for boys' sports.
There are 22 different sports, with 35 upper school teams. Between 2007 and 2017 Flint Hill produced 165 college athletes with 83 of them going division 1. Flint Hill's volleyball team has been ranked No. 1 in the country three times and went on a span of 44 wins before losing a match. The Flint Hill basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today in 1987 in former NBA player Dennis Scott's senior season. Boys' basketball: VISAA Division I State Champions 1995 VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist 2005 MAC Champions: 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 MAC Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010 FH Tip-Off Tournament Champions: 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013Football: VISAA Division I State Champions: 2017 VISAA Division I State Finalist: 2008 VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 MAC Champions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017Boys' lacrosse: VISAA Division II State Semi-finalist: 2007 VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2009 MAC Champions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010 MAC Tournament Champions: 2008, 2010, 2014Ice hockey: Dominion Cup Champions: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015Boys' soccer: VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2005, 2006, 2007 VISAA Division I State Finalist: 2014 MAC Champions: 1994, 2007, 2015, 2016 MAC Tournament Champions: 2014, 2015, 2016Boys' tennis: VISAA Division I State Champions: 2006, 2007, 2008 MAC Champions: 2006, 2008 MAC Tournament Champions: 2006, 2008Golf: MAC Champions: 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016Baseball: MAC Champions: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 MAC Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2013, 2014, 2016Volleyball: VISAA Division I State Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 VISAA Division I State Finalist: 2016 VISAA State Semi-finalist: 2005 ISL "A" Champions: 2005 ISL "AA" Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 ISL "AA" Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 DC Metro City Champions: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 FH Invitational Tournament Champions: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 Washington Post No. 1 Ranking: 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017 Garden State Challenge Tournament Champions: 2017 Flint Hill has a sports rivalry with The Potomac School in McLean, dating to 1992 when both schools played at George Mason University for the first time and Flint Hill defeated Potomac in an overtime basketball victory.
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