Located in Fairfax County, Virginia, the city of Annandale is a census-designated place (CDP). According to the 2010 United States Census, the CDP has a population of 41,008 people. It is the site of the oldest and largest branch of the Northern Virginia Community College system, as well as one of the area’s Koreatowns, both of which are located nearby.
Schools operated by the Fairfax County Public Schools can be found in Annandale, located near Fairfax, Virginia, as well as other educational establishments. Annandale High School, established in 1954, is the primary public high school in the area, though other schools such as Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Falls Church High School, Woodson High School, and J. E. B. Stuart High School serve small portions of the Annandale community as well.
Edgar Allan Poe Middle School, Annandale Terrace Elementary School, Braddock Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School, Woodburn Elementary School, Camelot Elementary School, Columbia Elementary School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, and Wakefield Forest Elementary School are among the other institutions in the area.
Annandale High School offers one of the few International Baccalaureate Degree programs available in the area. Members of the school’s choral group have performed at locations such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as several venues throughout Europe.
Private Catholic schools in the Annandale region, which are part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, include Holy Spirit Catholic School (Wakefield CDP), St. Ambrose Catholic School, and St. Michael’s Catholic School, all of which are located in Arlington.
Annandale is home to a number of private schools, including Grasshopper Green Elementary School, Kenwood School, Hope Montessori School, Montessori School of Northern Virginia, Oakwood School, Pinecrest School, Westminster School, and others.
The Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, which was established in 1965 and is the system’s oldest and largest branch, is also located within the city. The Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, which is a 66,000-square-foot facility that includes a 525-seat state-of-the-art theater with satellite downlink and video projection capability, an 11,000-square-foot gymnasium/exhibition hall, a light-filled atrium entrance, and a two-story art gallery, is a focal point of “NOVA,” as the community college is commonly referred to.
Since its inception with 761 students, the college has grown to include more than 75,000 students as well as 2,600 faculty and staff employees. It has six permanent campus locations around Northern Virginia. The student body is made up of individuals from more than 180 different nations.
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