The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous, and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 that examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County's youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county's youth and serve as a barometer of the community's effectiveness in fostering healthy choices in young people.
The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. Question topics include behavior related to alcohol, depression, bullying, personal health, eating disorders, illegal drugs, stress, harassment, obesity, sexual activity, misuse of prescription drugs, extracurricular activities, time spent helping others, screen time, etc. Students are also asked about the positive aspects of their lives and activities, as well as specific protective factors concerning health and safety.