Abbreviated Secondary School Attendance Zone Change: Hartland, Lenah Circle East & Fleetwood North Communities
On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the Loudoun County School Board voted (9-0) to immediately assign LCPS Planning Zone DS08 which includes the Hartland and Lenah Circle East communities to the Mercer Middle School/John Champe High School attendance zone. Planning Zone DS08.4 will remain in the Brambleton Middle School/Independence High School attendance zone. The adopted attendance zone changes will take effect immediately, in advance of the 2021-2022 academic year: John Champe High School Attendance Zone / Mercer Middle School Attendance Zone Independence High School Attendance Zone / Brambleton Middle School Attendance ZoneThe opening of the next Dulles North area middle school (MS-14) is planned for fall 2024, with the start of the 2024-2025 academic year; the next Dulles North area high school (HS-14) is scheduled to open in fall 2028 (2028-2029 academic year). Prior to the opening of these two schools, enrollment and capacity will be closely monitored at area secondary schools – with particular focus on Brambleton Middle School and Independence High School.
In addition to establishing a Brambleton Middle School annex at Independence High School for the next three academic years, prior to the opening of MS-14, eight (8) modular classrooms will also be added to the Independence High School campus to address anticipated student enrollments. The modular classrooms are scheduled for placement in late spring/early summer 2022, for use beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year.
LCPS is also proposing further action to address projected student growth at Brambleton Middle School and Independence High School. School Board Policy and Regulation 6530, Changing School Attendance Zones, allows for an abbreviated attendance zone change process including but not limited to addressing new residential development.
On June 8, 2021, the School Board initiated an abbreviated attendance zone change process which involves assignment of certain new unoccupied communities within the existing Brambleton Middle School/Independence High School attendance area to the Mercer Middle School/John Champe High School attendance area - to take effect prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, in August 2021. This abbreviated attendance zone change process is to address new unoccupied residential development as defined by policy to "avoid overcrowding at a school."
The attendance zone change presented to the School Board on June 8 involves the immediate assignment of the new Hartland and Lenah Circle East communities (LCPS Planning Zone DS08) and the future pending Fleetwood North development (LCPS Planning DS08.4) to Mercer Middle School and John Champe High School. [Note: The Nicholson Farm and Lenah Woods communities, as well as 24149/23516/23864 Fleetwood Road, will continue to be served by Brambleton Middle School and Independence High School; no secondary school attendance zone changes are recommended for these communities.]
Information on the recommended attendance zone change has been conveyed in writing to builders in these identified communities, posted here on this dedicated webpage and advertised in local print media. Questions and comments may also be submitted to email@example.com; all written comments received will be shared with School Board members and the Superintendent.
- June 14 2021 Letter - School Board Initiated Secondary School Abbreviated Attendance Zone Change Process
- Proposed Secondary School Attendance Zone Change
- Vicinity Map - Abbreviated Secondary School Attendance Zone Change Recommendation
- Planning Zone Map - Abbreviated Secondary School Attendance Zone Recommendation
- Excerpt from School Board Adopted FY 2022 - FY 2027 Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
- June 8, 2021 School Board Information Item - Abbreviated Secondary School Attendance Zone Change Process
- August 10, 2021 School Board Public Hearing & Action on the Proposed Secondary School Attendance Zone Change
The School Board recessed its August 10, 2021 meeting after hearing all those registerd for public comment and the attendance zone public hearing. The School Board will reconvene at 5:30pm on August 11 and consider the Action and Information items on its agenda.
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