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High, middle schools get ready for 2006-07 school year.

Fairfax High

3500 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax 22030


First opened: 1972

Enrollment: 2100, and 400 academy students

Principal: Scott Brabrand

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Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Fairfax High is adding new programs to its curriculum this year, as well as expanding existing ones. The school is adding a ninth grade transition component to the Rewards and Remediation program — a program that helps reduce students receiving grade F’s in SOL classes. A new Advanced Placement study hall has been added for students in three or more AP classes. The school has also added a Chinese language program, since Chinese has been designated as a strategic language by the federal government. "Chinese … will help prepare students for greater interaction with a rising global partner and competitor," said Principal Scott Brabrand, via e-mail to the Connection.

The final phase of the school’s $54 million renovation should be complete by September, said Brabrand. The school is hosting a community rededication of the school, Saturday, Nov. 10.

Brabrand has outlined three main goals for the 2007-08 school year: increasing the academic achievement of all students, strengthening the school climate in which student learning takes place and expanding professional learning communities to enhance student and faculty learning. That goal replaced the goal to minimize the renovation’s impact on the instructional program during previous years.

Fairfax High School welcomes more than 20 new teachers this year, and a new director of student services and a new building supervisor.

Frost Middle School

4101 Pickett Road

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 1,060

Principal: Marti Jo Jackson

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Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6:45 p.m.

Frost Middle School welcomes about 10 new teachers this year. No major curriculum changes or new programs have been implemented, other than the countywide after-school program for middle schools implemented last year.

Lanier Middle School

3710 Bevan Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030


Enrollment: 1,010

Principal: Scott Poole

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Back-to-School Night: grade 7, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.; grade 8, Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

Lanier Middle School Principal Scott Poole cites two significant curriculum changes for the 2007-08 school year. Geometry will be offered at the school for the first time, and elective offerings for seventh-graders has changed to semester electives, instead of a rotating wheel of electives. The change will provide more in-depth course content and more personal choice, said Poole, via e-mail to the Connection. The school will also implement "a systematic pyramid of interventions for struggling students," which incorporates time to intervene when students struggle to meet expected outcomes, said Poole.

Lanier’s physical changes will be apparent to returning students this year, said Poole, including a large new cafeteria with plasma televisions, new lockers, new flooring, tiled walls and brighter lights. The most noticeable change is the new gym, which should be completed by October. The gym features new locker rooms, an auxiliary gym, a weight and exercise room and new offices for the physical education staff. About 80 percent of the school’s classrooms will be outfitted with new technology, including multimedia presentation carts, Smartboards and wireless technologies, said Poole.

Lanier’s main defined goals thus far include increasing student achievement and addressing academic, cultural and social needs of all students. The school welcomes 21 new staff members this year — the largest in several years "due to retirements, marriages and babies," Poole said.

Robinson Secondary

5035 Sideburn Road

Fairfax, VA 22032


Enrollment: 4,010

Principal: Dan Meier

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Back-to-School Night: Grades 7-8, Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.; grades 9-12, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Robinson Secondary is adding Chinese language programs to the curriculum at both the middle and high school levels in 2007-08.

The middle school has added an advanced drama class, and the middle school will have a packed schedule of after-school activities for the countywide after-school program at middle schools, implemented last year.

Robinson will be going through an accreditation review from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Dec. 4-5. The school also welcomes a new 12th-grade subschool principal, Terrence Yarborough, this year.

"We are excited to open our doors on Sept. 4 for another successful year at Robinson," said Rick Mondloch, associate principal, via e-mail to the Connection.

Woodson High School

9525 Main St.

Fairfax, VA 22031


Enrollment: 2,100-2,200

Principal: Robert Elliott

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Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

W.T. Woodson High School is about a third of the way through its three-year renovation project. The school plans to occupy the new science wing and renovated instruction wing by Thanksgiving, according to Principal Robert Elliott. Parking will be tight at the school all year because of the renovation construction. Woodson’s main goal is to strive to provide a quality education, but faculty plan to outline more specific goals for the year sometime during the first quarter. Woodson hosts two regional special education programs: the deaf and hard of hearing center and the emotional disabilities center.