• Abbreviated Secondary School Attendance Zone Change Process:

    Hartland, Lenah Circle East & Fleetwood North Communities 

    The 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.]

    A School Board public hearing on this recommended attendance zone change is scheduled for August 10, 2021, to be followed action on the proposed attendance zone change later the same evening.  Information on the recommended attendance zone change is being 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 lcpsplan@lcps.org; all written comments received will be shared with School Board members and the Superintendent.


    In-person public comment will be accepted in the School Board Meeting Room at the LCPS Administration Building (21000 Education Court, Ashburn) on August 10.  Persons may also sign-up in advance by contacting the Superintendent's Office at 571.252.1020 - please reference that comments are being offered on the proposed secondary school attendance zone changes.  Written comments can be submitted to lcpsplan@lcps.org; all correspondence and information received from members of the public will be shared with the School Board. 

    School Board Policy & Regulation

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