Proposed Boundary Adjustment for Elementary Schools in the Justice High School Pyramid

Process to Address Overcapacity in Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) monitors student enrollment to make decisions on how best to use school spaces. Many of the elementary schools in the Justice High School pyramid have experienced an increase in student enrollment in the past several years. The elementary schools in the Justice High School pyramid are:

  • Bailey’s Elementary 
  • Bailey’s Upper 
  • Beech Tree
  • Belvedere
  • Glen Forest
  • Parklawn (split feeder)
  • Mason Crest (split feeder)
  • Sleepy Hollow

Each school’s capacity is determined by the amount of space (square footage) and the programs offered in the school building, such as preschool classes, Advanced Academics, special education classes, English for Speakers of Other Languages, immersion programs, and other instructional programs.  

When a school becomes overcrowded, one way to reduce overcrowding is to adjust the school attendance boundary and re-assign some students to a different school that has more room. This is done through the boundary adjustment process. FCPS will be holding community meetings to share more information about the process.

Any approved boundary adjustment related to the elementary schools will not change the middle or high school boundaries. 

The process to adjust a school attendance boundary begins with a boundary scope meeting  (FCPS Regulation 8130.09). At the boundary scope meeting, FCPS staff will explain the process and provide background information. Community members will work in small groups to provide feedback to staff about what schools might be considered in changing the elementary school boundaries.

Boundary scope community meetings (virtual) were held on March 9 and March 10.  Feedback was collected at the meetings and will be shared with the Superintendent and the School Board. 

Boundary Scope Feedback

Feedback was collected during the community meetings.

Community Boundary Study Meetings in April 

The second step in the process is a boundary study meeting. Community meetings will be held on the following dates. Please click the link to register to attend: 

Monday, April 19  6:00-7:00 p.m.        Mason Crest and Beech Tree     

Monday, April 19  7:30-8:30 p.m.        Sleepy Hollow and Parklawn      

Wednesday, April 21 6:00-7:00 p.m.   Belvedere and Glen Forest         Register to attend

Wednesday, April 21 7:30-8:30 p.m.   Bailey's and Bailey's Upper         Register to attend

Watch the meetings on Ch. 99 or the livestream here

During the boundary study, options are presented for the community to consider. The options are based on input the community provided during the boundary scoping meeting. The community will provide feedback on the options.  Based on the feedback, staff will make a recommendation to the School Board. The School Board will then schedule a public hearing before taking action on the recommendation to adjust the school boundaries.