About Us

Our Mission:

The vision of the Instructional Services Department (ISD) is to lead the development of innovative curriculum and instructional programs for Fairfax County Public Schools in collaboration with local, national, and international experts. Instructional Services will use current research-based best practices to guide instruction that is customized for all students providing equal opportunity so that all students can reach their full potential and be successful, productive citizens in the 21st century.

View the student achievement goals.

Areas of Responsibility

The Instructional Services Department is organized to provide support and services for FCPS schools, students, and parents.

Language Acquisition and Title I

The Office of Language Acquisition and Title I (OLAT) provides instructional leadership and support for all Fairfax County Public Schools in the areas of PreK-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), the Transitional ESOL High School program, Adult ESOL, Title I, and World Languages.

Operations and Strategic Planning

The Office of Operations and Strategic Planning (OSP) supports the Instructional Services Department programs and services through finance, administrative, logistics, and technology support.  The office is also responsible for Adult and Community Education (ACE), web development and communications, library operations, and financial management and program support.

PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction

The Office of PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction (PreK-12) provides instructional leadership and support for all Fairfax County Public Schools in the areas of advanced academics, school counseling, mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, online campus, and school support.

Professional and Life Skills

The Office of Professional and Life Skills (OPLS) provides instructional leadership and support for all Fairfax County Public Schools.  The office is also responsible for PreK-12 programs in the areas of Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Instructional Technology Integration, and Library Information Services.  

Operational Expectations

The FCPS School Board establishes performance expectations for both academics, in the form of student achievement goals, and operations, in the form of operational expectations.  The ISD Assistant Superintendent and staff are empowered to develop strategies to achieve both the specified student achievement goal and the operational expectations.

As part of the Fairfax County School Board's process of strategic governance, Instructional Services sets and meets their goals through the programs and services documented at Program Profiles.

The Operational Expectations monitoring report demonstrates the accomplishments in relation to the School Board’s expectations.

Advisory Groups

Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee

Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee

Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (CTEAC)

Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC)

FECEP - Head Start Advisory Committee

Title I District Advisory Council

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Quick Links:

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About Us

News and Hot Topics

Frequently Requested Information

PreK-12 Curriculum and Resources

Adult and Community Education


Offices of ISD:

Assistant Superintendent

Counseling and College and Career Readiness


PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction

Professional Practice and School Support

Operations and Communications

General Information:



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