Award Year: 2020

Fairhill Elementary School

3001 Chichester Lane
Fairfax, VA, 22031-2113

(703) 208-8100

Mrs. Candace J. Hunstad, Principal at time of Nomination

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Fairhill Elementary fosters academic excellence in a respectful environment which instills strength of character and embraces community involvement.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 33%
  • Hispanic: 21%
  • Asian: 28%
  • Two or more races: 11%
A place for joy.

A place for joy.

At Fairhill, we seek to be a place where each staff member and student feels included and loved. Where they can be their best and true selves. Most of all, we are a place for joy!

To ensure that every student receives what they need, we engage in three high leverage instructional practices. We conduct regular data dialogues led by our instructional coach and administrative team where we meet quarterly with each grade level team. We focus on improving teacher practices by responding to changes in a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support approach after looking at relevant data. The data reviewed in these discussions are directly related to the work done in grade-level Collaborative Learning Teams (using the CLT cycle). During these weekly CLTs, we unpack standards, analyze pre-assessment data, share strategies, and examine formative data. We also have a Literacy Lab, where we work with students who require extensive support in reading beyond Tier 1. The teacher provides specialized reading instruction to small groups to improve their literacy skills, utilizing research-based intervention programs to target student needs. Our last high leverage practice has been our journey with equity, anti-racism, and cultural awareness. As a faculty family, we have engaged in monthly professional development around these topics, conducted book and documentary studies, led Twitter chats, and hosted town halls.

Knowing every student by name and by need is a fundamental value at Fairhill. We are dedicated to making sure our diverse student body and staff feel safe, seen, valued, and loved.