Nine public schools and one private school in the Richmond Highway area have been designated Purple Star schools by the Virginia Department of Education.
The 10 schools are among 19 in Fairfax County that earned the designation, which is determined by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
The Richmond Highway area schools to earn the Purple Star designation in 2019:
Fort Hunt Elementary
Mount Vernon High
Stratford Landing Elementary
Walt Whitman Middle
Washington Mill Elementary
Woodley Hills Elementary
To be recognized for a Purple Star, schools must apply to the VDOE and meet certain qualifying criteria that demonstrates their commitment to students from military families. Purple Star schools must have a designated liaison between military families and the school. The school’s website must have a page dedicated to assisting students from military families, with information about moving to the school district, enrollment requirements, academic planning, leaving the school because of a change in duty station, and details about the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children.
This is the second year that Virginia has selected Purple Star schools. Six Richmond Highway-area schools earned the designation last year: Clermont Elementary, Fort Belvoir Primary, Fort Belvoir Upper, Hayfield Secondary, St. Louis Catholic School and Waynewood Elementary.
The Purple Star designation is good for three years before schools need to reapply.
The other Fairfax County Public Schools to earn the Purple Star designation in 2019: