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Reston is a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia. Founded in 1964, Reston was influenced by the Garden City movement that emphasized planned, self-contained communities that intermingled green space, residential neighborhoods, and commercial development. Neighboring communities are Great Falls to the north, Wolf Trap to the east, Franklin Farm, Floris, and McNair to the southwest, the town of Herndon to the west, and Dranesville to the northwest. Reston is divided into three separate planning areas: the original Planned Residential Community (PRC) area that governs the majority of residential areas in the community; the Reston Town Center (RTC) District, which includes all of the high-density, high-rise portions of Town Center; and the Transit Station Area (TSA) on either side of the Dulles Toll Road.

Reston features over 55 miles of walking and hiking paths for residents, with currently about 250 acres of woodlands and open space. Reston is noted for its tree canopy, which currently covers about half of Reston’s total area. It is one of only 8 American localities to be a member of the worldwide Biophilic Cities Organization, which promotes the importance of protecting and promoting nature within urban areas. The centerpiece of Reston’s focus on nature is the Vernon J. Walker Nature Education Center. The Nature Center’s 72 acres (290,000 m2) of hardwood forest include a picnic pavilion, campfire ring, and other facilities that support its outreach programs. Two golf courses are located in Reston.


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In 2018, Reston was ranked as the Best Place to Live in Virginia by Money magazine for its expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths as well as the numerous shopping and dining opportunities in Reston Town Center. Reston generally follows "new urbanism" guidelines. The residential portion of the town was built with an extensive path system, and Fairfax County has constructed many sidewalks over the past decades. The downtown and original areas also incorporate mixed-use development, with more mixed-use development planned near Washington Metro stations.

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2 Lake Anne Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
4 Aldrin Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
N/A Dogwood Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
2 Forest Edge Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
4 Hunters Woods Elementary Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Sunrise Valley Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
3 Terraset Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
3 Armstrong Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
3 Hughes Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
2 South Lakes High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Reston Montessori School Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Children's House Montessori School Of Reston Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Winwood Children's Center Iii Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
N/A Reston Children's Center Preschool - 5th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Community Montessori School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Academy Of Christian Education Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
N/A Russian Kids House Preschool - 2Nd Grade Private/Charter
N/A Al Fatih Academy Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Sunset Hills Montessori School Preschool - 4th Grade Private/Charter
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