• School Names

    The naming of new school facilities is guided by School Board Policy 6510, Naming School FacilitiesRegulation 6510 applies only to the naming of an area of a school facility, grounds and/or program.  

    Naming Process for Dulles North Area Middle School (MS-14)

    A Dulles North area middle school (MS-14), located southwest of the Evergreen Mills Road/Red Hill Road/Ryan Road intersection, is under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2024. 

    A School Board-appointed naming committee may consider geographic and historical names, as well as names of deceased individuals who significantly contributed to improving life in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), Loudoun County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the United States of America.  The School Board will not consider naming a school facility for any individual unless the individual has been deceased for at least five (5) years.

    School name suggestions should be sent to LCPS' Division of Planning and GIS Services (lcpsplan@lcps.org or 21000 Education Court, Ashburn VA 20148) by Monday, October 17, 2022.  Citizens suggesting a school name are asked to provide background information to aid in the committee’s review.

    The middle school naming committee meetings are open to the public and scheduled for the following dates:

    • Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 6:00 p.m., Brambleton Middle School Library
    • Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 6:00 p.m., Brambleton Middle School Library
    • Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 6:00 p.m., Brambleton Middle School Library

    Brambleton Middle School is located at 23070 Learning Circle, in Ashburn.

    Additional meeting dates may be scheduled at the request of the committee.

    School Board Review of School Names

    In June 2020, the School Board initiated discussion on an action plan to combat systemic racism which included a review of all Loudoun County Public Schools facility names and mascots.  Criteria for this comprehensive review of LCPS facility names included:

    • Determine if any schools have been named for Confederate leaders or the Confederate cause;
    • Determine if any schools may have been named for individuals who lived in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries during the period when slavery was a fundamental part of the economic, cultural and political systems in Virginia and Northern Virginia; or 
    • Determine whether any schools have been named for individuals or movements that promoted and implemented racial segregation laws in Virginia during the eras of Jim Crow and Massive Resistance in Virginia.

    The school-by-school name review was divided into three phases to facilitate a more focused approach.  School names reviewed in Phase 1 included those with a potential association with the outlined research criterion.  Phase 2 included schools named after a person.  Phase 3 includes all other schools not previously reviewed by History Matters and which have been named for places, ideals or inanimate objects.

    In November 2021, the School Board requested the assistance of the Black History Committee, Friends of Thomas Balch Library, in reviewing the Phase 1 and Phase 2 names and narratives prepared by History Matters, LLC.  The collaborative review effort included any recommendation by the Black History Committee for the potential renaming of a school(s) in relation to the School Board’s action plan to combat systemic racism.  The Black History Committee has reviewed the Phase 1 and Phase 2 school names and has recommended ten (10) school names be looked at more closely for potential renaming.  

    Any school renaming process will follow policy and include an opportunity for public engagement at the outset, to incorporate communities in the conversation on the respective school names. The process to consider the renaming of the identified schools should also be a teaching moment for the students attending the respective schools.  

    The potential renaming of schools will be undertaken by the School Board as identified during their October 25, 2022 meeting.  The first two names to be considered are Mercer Middle School and Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School. 

    A Community Town Hall will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022, specifically on Mercer Middle School’s name.  The public meeting will be held in the auditorium of Mercer Middle School (42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie).  Citizens may attend the public meeting and/or submit written comment to lcpsplan@lcps.org.

    A Community Town Hall will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022, specifically for Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School's name.  The public meeting will be held in the auditorium of Smart's Mill Middle School (850 North King Street, Leesburg).  Citizens may attend the public meeting and/or submit written comment to lcpsplan@lcps.org.

     

School Name Narratives
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