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    Watson Mountain Middle School Attendance Zone

    Watson Mountain Middle School (MS-14) will open in fall 2024, with the start of the 2024-2025 academic year.  Currently under construction, the middle school is located at 41480 Steeplechase Loop Drive in Leesburg, southwest of the Evergreen Mills Road/Ryan Road/Red Hill Road intersection.

    A new Dulles North area high school (HS-14) is planned to open adjacent to Watson Mountain Middle School in fall 2028 (2028-2029 academic year).

    On February 14, 2023, the Loudoun County School Board voted to move forward with a temporary non-traditional school option when Watson Mountain Middle School opens - rather than initiate a secondary school attendance zone change process.  Secondary school students residing in the current Independence High School/Brambleton Middle School attendance zone will, beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year, be served by three schools - prior to the opening of HS-14.

    For the 2024-2025 academic year only, Independence High School will serve currently zoned students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Brambleton Middle School will serve students in grades 7 and 8; Watson Mountain Middle School will serve students in grade 6 only.

    For the remaining three school terms (2025-2026, 2026-2027 and 2027-2028 academic years), Independence High School will serve students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, but with a grade 9 annex located at Brambleton Middle School. In addition to serving as the site for the grade 9 annex, Brambleton Middle School will serve students in grade 8. Watson Mountain Middle School will serve students in grades 6 and 7.

    Before the fall 2028 opening of HS-14, secondary school attendance zones will be modified for both the Dulles North and Dulles South areas.  HS-14 will serve students in grades 9 through 12. (It is anticipated that there will be no senior class/grade 12 at HS-14 for the 2028-2029 academic year only.) Watson Mountain Middle School will begin serving students in grades 6 through 8.  In fall 2028, Independence High School will continue serving students in grades 9 through 12; Brambleton Middle School will again serve students in grades 6 through 8.

    The School Board’s discussion on the non-traditional school option can be viewed on the LCPS website for both the January 24, 2023 and February 14, 2023 Board meetings.  General questions on the non-traditional school option may be directed to the Division of Planning & GIS Services at LCPSPlan@lcps.org or 571-252-1050.   

    As instructional planning continues for the non-traditional school option, in advance of the 2024-2025 academic year, information will be shared by the Department of Instruction (Instruction@lcps.org), Brambleton Middle School and Independence High School.   In June 2023, Mr. Lenny Compton, former J. Lupton Simpson Middle School Principal, was appointed Principal of Watson Mountain Middle School.

     

     

     

Last Modified on January 29, 2024