PCSing to the DC area can be very difficult because there are so many options. Hopefully I can help you narrow down your search and identify common cities surrounding DC area. There are a few confusing areas that have the same zip codes, but are in different counties and are aligned to different school districts. Falls Church vs City of Falls Church is an example. Another example is Alexandria vs City of Alexandria.
Falls Church vs City of Falls Church vs West Falls Church
- City of Falls Church - The City of Falls Church is not part of Fairfax County Schools.
- Falls Church - The part inside the 495 Beltway has Falls Church zip codes, addresses, and is part of the Fairfax County School System. Red on the map.
- West Falls Church - West Falls Church is outlined in green and is part of the Fairfax County School System. Green on the map.
FYI, many military families seem to seek Fairfax County School System for various reasons. Research all schools, talk to friends, and visit schools to get a good feeling of which will be best for your children.
To be sure about school boundaries for Fairfax County Schools, check their website and school finder.