PHILLIPS Building Futures ~ Fairfax


Laying the Foundation for Success

PHILLIPS Building Futures provides intensive vocational programming for students with disabilities.  The program provides students with academic programming, supportive services, and related services while they learn the building trades as part of their school day.  

Currently Building Futures ~ Fairfax students are learning how to build a house!  See the house design video and photos of our students’ progress in building the house.



PHILLIPS Building Futures provides students intensive hands on vocational training and the opportunity to attend school in a nontraditional manner. Students spend half of the day at PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale, where they receive their academic instruction, and then half of the day on the jobsite learning vocational skills.

Each student spends half of the day in academic instruction rotating to onsite vocational programming that includes learning the construction trade. Construction projects will range from small renovations to more extensive residential home repairs.  Students will develop an understanding of the construction of residential homes, the use of basic hand tools and power tools, and how to work in a structured job-training program.

Vocational training may include:

  • Construction Design
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Landscaping
  • And other aspects of home construction and repair.

Admission Process:

Most children are enrolled in PHILLIPS Schools by their public school system. Usually the admissions process is as follows:

  • Parent and County personnel discuss placement options at the IEP meeting
  • PHILLIPS receives referral file
  • PHILLIPS calls parent(s) to arrange free interview
  • Admissions team reviews child’s history
  • Parents and/or guardians attend interview with child (required)

If you believe that PHILLIPS may be an appropriate setting to meet your child’s needs, please call 703-941-8810 and refer admissions.

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