Youth Survey

Youth Survey Collage of Kids

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.


Do you want to see the actual survey administered to 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders in Fairfax County if they choose to participate in the youth survey? Access the most recent surveys below:

2023 – 6th Grade Survey Instrument PDF  Icon

2023 – 8th, 10th & 12th Grade Survey Instrument PDF  Icon


The Fairfax County Youth Survey results indicate that when children and youth have 3 or more positive, protective factors in their lives, they are more likely to manage stress, make better choices, and develop healthy habits. To learn more about the many protective factors that help children and teens succeed, including having adults in the community to talk to and participating in after-school activities, click the link below.


The Youth Survey is a collaboration between Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Parents have the right to preview the survey (links above) and can access the parent letters and have the option of completing the opt-out form at the link below (when available) if they wish to opt out their child from taking the survey.


Have questions about the Youth Survey? Look no further! The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page includes answers to questions about the purpose of the survey, administration, participation, and more.

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