Fairfax High-Lanier Middle School Boundary Study

Continuing Interest

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to approve adjustments to school attendance areas in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School.

The boundary changes will be phased in beginning in the 2014-15 school year, with an option for families to move their rising seventh grade students and rising ninth grade students to the newly assigned schools in fall 2013, with transportation provided.  Rising eighth grade students and rising eleventh and twelfth grade students would be allowed to remain at their current schools in fall 2014.

The Board also approved an amendment that reassigns the Penderbrook and Fairfax Farms areas of the Waples Mill Elementary School attendance area from Lanier Middle to Franklin Middle School starting with school year 2013-14, and from Fairfax High to Oakton High School starting with school year 2014-15, thereby eliminating a split feeder assignment for Waples Mill Elementary School.

Approximately 540 students from Fairfax High and 245 students from Lanier Middle will be reassigned by the school year 2017-18 in order to relieve overcrowding at those schools. Students who reside in the City of Fairfax are not impacted by the boundary changes.

“We tried to accommodate as many of the concerns aired by parents and citizens who participated in the community engagement process as possible,” said School Board Chair Ilryong Moon.  “The School Board was faced with the challenge of reducing enrollment at two facilities maintained by the City of Fairfax, and we made every effort to avoid split feeders whenever possible in order to accomplish this task.”

The approved boundary changes move students in the Greenbriar West Elementary School attendance area east of Stringfellow Road From Lanier Middle and Fairfax High School to Rocky Run Middle and Chantilly High Schools, eliminating the current split feeder assignment for Greenbriar West; students in the Fairfax Villa Elementary School attendance area from Lanier Middle and Fairfax High School to Frost Middle and Woodson High Schools; and students in the Fairfax Station, Fairview Woods, and Fairfax Manor subdivisions of the Oak View Elementary School attendance area from Frost Middle and Woodson High School to Robinson Secondary School, eliminating an attendance area island at the middle and high school levels and sending these students to a much closer school.  The advanced academic program (AAP) assignment for students moving from Lanier to Frost Middle School will change to Frost; the AAP assignment for students moving from Frost to Robinson will change to Lake Braddock Secondary School.

View the School Board Adopted Boundary Map.

View the individual school maps reflecting the changes that will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year:

Franklin Middle

Frost Middle

Lanier Middle

Rocky Run Middle

Chantilly High

Fairfax High

Oakton High

Woodson High

Robinson Secondary

View the map of Fairfax Villa Elementary School attendance area reassigned:
From Lanier Middle and Fairfax High to Frost Middle and Woodson Middle School. pdf

View the map of the portion of Greenbriar West Elementary School attendance area reassigned:
From Lanier Middle and Fairfax High to Rocky Run Middle and Chantilly High School. pdf

View the map of the portion of Oak View Elementary School attendance area reassigned:
From Frost Middle and Woodson High to Robinson Secondary School. pdf

View the map of the portion of Waples Mill Elementary School attendance area reassigned:
From Lanier Middle and Fairfax High to Franklin Middle and Oakton High School. pdf

Staff Recommendation

The staff recommendation for the Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School Boundary Study was submitted to the School Board on March 28. 

Staff Recommendation (17 pages) pdf| School Board Presentation (4/4/2013)

The facilities planning services staff prepared three options for discussion at the following community dialogue meetings and for Online feedback . These options included components that may affect the following schools in the Fairfax-Lanier Boundary Study: Chantilly High, Fairfax High, Falls Church High, Oakton High, Robinson High, Woodson High, Franklin Middle, Frost Middle, Jackson Middle, Lanier Middle, Robinson Middle, and Rocky Run Middle.

The community dialogue meetings were designed to provide the community with an opportunity to review and provide comments on the three proposed boundary change options. The format and information presented was identical at each meeting and included small group work to review, discuss, comment, and ask questions about the boundary change options.   This provides a more manageable format where attendees can hear other comments, concerns, and thoughts and provide feedback on each option. 

Boundary Study Process

Option A - Map | Data

Option B - Map | Data

Option C - Map | Data

Please Note: To view a more detailed map of each area, click on the blue boxes within each map option. To return to the main map, click on the back button within the web browser.

Community Boundary Study Meeting Dates
View the meeting handout and summary of boundary options.

February 19, 2013 - Oakton High School, Meeting Comments
February 20, 2013 - Lanier Middle School, Meeting Comments
February 26, 2013 - Woodson High School, Meeting Comments

Scope of Study Timeline

Mid-October - Mid-November 2012 - Listening Tour Meetings
December 20, 2012 -New Business, 7 p.m., Jackson Middle School, Auditorium, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church
January 14, 2013 - Work Session, 1:30 p.m., Gatehouse Admin Center, Rm 6100, 8115 Gatehouse Rd, Falls Church
January 24, 2013 - Action, 7 p.m., Jackson Middle School, Auditorium, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church

Boundary Study Timeline

February 2013 - Community Engagement Meetings
April 4, 2013 - New Business
April 17, 2013 - Public Hearing
April 29, 2013 - Work Session
May 9, 2013 - Action (Implementation to begin fall 2014, if approved)

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