Douglass School Renovations

Douglass School
  • Design Team

    Rinker Design Associates PC -  Civil Engineer
    Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP - Architect
    Moya Design Partnership - Interiors
    LGS Landscape Architecture - Landscape Architecture
    1200 Architectural Engineers PLLC - Structural Engineer
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger - Building Enclosure Consultant
    Global Engineering Solutions  Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer
    Convergent Technology Design Group - Telecomm, Low Voltage, Security, A/V Consultant
    Hanscomb Cost Estimating - Cost Management Consultant
    Jensen Hughes  - Life Safety Consultant
    McKeever - Permit Consultant
    Direct Dimensions - Digital Engineering

  • Planned Programs

    English Learners (EL) Welcome Center The EL program provides EL students with instruction in the English language by emphasizing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the use of a structured English language approach. 

    Head Start Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for low income families who have a child who will be 4-years-old by September 30th of the school year, or, a child in the Sterling area who will be 3-years-old by September 30th of the school year.

    Step (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) Starting Towards Excellence in Pre-School (STEP) is a state (Virginia Preschool Initiative Grant - VPI) and locally funded program that serves children who are four by September 30.  The curriculum is aligned with Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and focuses on early literacy and early math instruction, as well as developmentally appropriate social and behavioral expectations. 

    Child Find The Child Find Center provides free developmental screenings for preschool children ages 2 (by September 30) to 5 (not age-eligible for kindergarten). 

    Loudoun County Parks and Recreation 

  • Community Meetings

    February 12, 2020
    On February 12, 2020, LCPS held their second community outreach and engagement workshop.  BBB is currently working to compile the feedback received on both the December and February meetings.  More information to follow.  The February presentation is available below.  
    December 5, 2019
    On Thursday, December 5, 2019, LCPS held a community outreach and engagement workshop at 7 PM in the Douglass School Cafeteria.  LCPS consulting architect, Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), presented current project information regarding LCPS programs onsite following the relocation of the Alternative Education Program to The North Star School in School Year 2021 – 2022 and also shared an overview of the historical significance of the Douglass School.  Attendees were asked to provide their comments and input surrounding four (4) questions as follows: 
    1. What are the moments in history that should be commemorated at this site?
    2. What resources and amenities has this facility provided to the community that are valuable to you?
    3. What do you think the primary focus for this site should be today?  And in 20 years?
    4. I would like to see Douglass School and site as a place to… 


    Members of the community were present and shared comments.  Attendees were encouraged to contact LCPS with any additional comments via the project email address at or via phone at (571) 252-1161.  

  • Current Design

    Coming Soon!

  • Construction Progress

    Coming Soon!

Time Table
  • The Douglass School was constructed in 1941 on land that was purchased by the African-American community and transferred to the School Board to secure a facility for the secondary education of their children.  The Douglass School was the only African-American high school in Loudoun County until the end of segregation in 1968. The building is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. 

    The Douglass School, which currently houses the LCPS Alternative Education program and Loudoun County Parks and Recreation programs, is scheduled to be renovated, beginning in the summer of 2021, when the Alternative Education Program moves to The North Star School in Leesburg.  The renovated Douglass School is scheduled to reopen in 2022.

    LCPS plans to locate its English Learners (EL) Welcome Center, Head Start, STEP (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) and Child Find programs into the renovated Douglass School, as well as limited administrative office space and Loudoun County Parks and Recreation programs. 

    Beyond these plans, no commitments have been made for future community uses of the Douglass School.  


Last Modified on March 27, 2020