By Tracy Fuga


Moving to a new duty station can be stressful. You have to secure housing, find out where everything is (grocery stores, doctors, clothing stores, etc.), and figure out where to send your kids for school or research childcare options. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality education and childcare options for your children in and around the Fort Belvoir area. See for yourself.

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Virginia School Enrollment

To be enrolled in a Virginia school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 30 of the current school year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For details on Virginia’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Virginia Department of Education website. Check with individual schools for additional requirements prior to enrollment.

Schools in Fort Belvoir

Elementary school-age children living on post can enroll and attend Fort Belvoir Primary School or Fort Belvoir Upper School, both part of Fairfax County Public Schools. There are special considerations for military families who are moving into Fairfax County. Reach out to your School Liaison Officer for help or find more information here about registration requirements and policies for new students. The on-post elementary schools at Fort Belvoir are convenient for military families and feed into other schools in the Fairfax County Public School district. Middle and high school students attend off-post schools, Whitman Middle School, and Mount Vernon High School. Fort Belvoir Elementary Schools

Fort Belvoir Elementary Schools

1. Fort Belvoir Primary School

5970 Meeres Road Fort Belvoir, VA 22060


: 1 (703) 781-2700 Fort Belvoir Primary School enrolls roughly 900 pre-K through second grade students every year. The primary school was constructed after the district was awarded a grant in 2014. It was built on the same campus where Fort Belvoir Upper School sits. It is one of four paired schools in Fairfax County Public Schools. The facility is equipped with the latest technologies to help immerse students in the digital age. The campus has a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Lab, a science center, and a STEAM resource teacher to provide hands-on lessons to all students.

2. Fort Belvoir Upper School

5980 Meeres Road Fort Belvoir, VA 22060


: 1 (571) 982-1300 Fort Belvoir Upper School enrolls roughly 500 fourth through sixth grade students every year. The original elementary school on Fort Belvoir opened its doors in 1998. It replaced three former elementary schools on the installation. The school was modified after the Fort Belvoir Primary School was constructed, and now the two schools sit side by side on a single campus. The Upper School is known for its technology offerings, as well as the musical programs it has to support budding musicians. Student leadership is nurtured through safety patrols, student council, peer mediators, and in-hour morning shows at both schools.

Fort Belvoir Middle School

All middle schools are off post and listed below.

Fort Belvoir High School

All high schools are off post and listed below. Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Families that choose to live in off-post housing will need to enroll in schools within their associated district. Public school districts generally don’t allow out-of-district enrollment. There is one public school district near Fort Belvoir, in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Public School District

Gatehouse Administration Center

8115 Gatehouse Road Falls Church, VA 22042


: 1 (571) 423-3000 Fairfax County Public Schools has plenty of choices for its nearly 188,000 students living in Fairfax County. The district is the 10th largest school division in the U.S., with 198 schools and centers split up into five regions. This enormous district doesn’t leave children behind though. Academics are at the root of everything; parents regularly relocate to the area to take advantage of the quality education their children can expect at a Fairfax County Public School. Over 90 percent of students graduate on time, and around the same number plan to pursue post-secondary education. Students have the option of taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes in high school. Many students have ties to nearby Fort Belvoir so the district offers military transition services to make things as easy as possible for transferring students.

Elementary Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Riverside Elementary School

8410 Old Mount Vernon Road Alexandria, VA 22309


: 1 (703) 799-6000 Riverside Elementary School is an elementary school serving roughly 840 students from pre-K through sixth grade and is an advanced academic placement center for qualified students in third through sixth grade. The elementary school was built in 1968 on land that was once owned by George Washington. Riverside Elementary serves a culturally rich and economically diverse community. Students at the school are challenged by high expectations and have a wide variety of learning opportunities with reduced class sizes. Those in fourth through sixth grade can participate in chorus, band and strings classes, or work on the morning news team. Middle Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Middle Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Whitman Middle School

2500 Parkers Lane Alexandria, VA 22306


: 1 (703) 660-2400 Whitman Middle School enrolls nearly 1,000 seventh and eighth-graders. The middle school opened in 1961 and was named after the famous poet, Walt Whitman. The campus previously sat on Old Mount Vernon Road where Mount Vernon High School is today. The diverse student population has a number of programs to help guide them toward a successful future once they begin attending high school. There are after-school activities (tutoring, clubs, and sports), staff/mentor-mentee and literacy programs, and a focus on college preparatory.

High Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Mount Vernon High School

8515 Old Mount Vernon Road Alexandria, VA 22309


: 1 (703) 618-3100 Mount Vernon High School enrolls approximately 2,000 high schoolers from ninth through 12th grade. The school sits less than a mile from George Washington’s home and is steeped in tradition. Founded back in 1939, the school has a world-class curriculum and students can choose from a wide offering of advanced courses. Mount Vernon High School offers students a broad range of extracurricular activities tailored to the broad range of student interests. Contributing to the school's unique character and strength is its diversity with more than 50 countries and 30 languages represented in its student population.

Charter Schools Near Fort Belvoir

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. There is a list of eight charter schools that are nearby Fort Belvoir; however, there are only two that are about an hour drive each way. For more information about the charter schools in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website.

1. Middleburg Community Charter School

101 N Madison St. Middleburg, VA 20117


: 1 (540) 687-5048

2. Hillsboro Charter Academy

37110 Charles Town Pike Purcellville, VA 20132


: 1 (540) 751-2560 Private schools near Fort Belvoir

Private schools near Fort Belvoir

Parents who choose to send their children to a private school near Fort Belvoir are met with quite a few options. Nearly half of the private schools in the area have a religious affiliation but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, these are some of the best private schools in the Fairfax County area.

1. Browne Academy

5917 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310


: 1 (571) 451-1006 Browne Academy is a day school committed to helping children by providing extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and offering a nurturing community. Small classes and hands-on learning nurture each child’s academic, social, and emotional growth. The academy enrolls children from preschool through eighth grade and helps equip them to navigate life after graduating.

2. Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy

6401 Missionary Lane Fairfax Station, VA 22039


: 1 (703) 323-8100 Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy places among the top private schools in Virginia for its size (a student body of nearly 300). The co-ed school was founded in 1976 and offers grades pre-K through 12th. The school is fully accredited by the North American Christian School Accreditation Agency as well as the American Association of Christian Schools. The academy maintains smaller class sizes and a low student-teacher ratio of 14 students for each teacher to offer students individualized attention.

3. Oakcrest School

1619 Crowell Road Vienna, VA 22182


: 1 (703) 790-5450 Oakcrest School is an all-girls Catholic school serving grades sixth through 12th. The school, spanning over 23 acres, has an enrollment of nearly 300 and boasts small class sizes (15 students) with a ratio of six students for every teacher. The school offers a variety of advanced courses, such as AP History, AP Biology, AP Physics, and AP Music Theory. Students can pick from 10 sports and more than 20 extracurriculars, like debate team, marine biology club, National Honor Society, Latin club, and Stewards of Earth club.

4. St. Ambrose School

3827 Woodburn Road Annandale, VA 22003


: 1 (703) 698-7171 St. Ambrose School is a parish school founded in 1995 serving about 210 students from preschool through eighth grade. It offers plenty of sports and extracurriculars, including basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, chess club, yearbook, garden club, STEM club, band, choir and drama club, among others. Class sizes are small, with about 19 students in each class, and a student to teacher ratio just slightly above the national average, with one teacher for every 15 students.

5. Westminster School

3819 Gallows Road Annandale, VA 22003


: 1 (703) 256-3620 Westminster School is a beautiful school sitting on nearly seven acres in the heart of Fairfax County. The school was founded in 1962 and serves nearly 250 students from preschool through eighth grade. It offers sports like basketball, soccer, softball and karate, and 20 extracurriculars, including chess club, French club, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, music class, theater arts, dance, Builders Club, art and chorus, among others. Class sizes are very small, with an average of 12 students in a class and a student-teacher ratio of nine to one. Daycares near Fort Belvoir

Daycares near Fort Belvoir

Leaving your child in someone else’s care is not easy for many parents. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on Care.com and Yelp and visiting a few options when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. Or, if you’re looking to secure childcare on post at Fort Belvoir, there are different options to choose from. On-post child care centers offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for your child. There are also options for Parents’ Night Out or Parents’ Day Out child care.


Moving every few years can certainly take its toll on you and your child. Ensuring that your child’s education is taken care of or securing child care right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of educational options near (and on) Fort Belvoir to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down the choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding a new restaurant to try out.

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