Jackson Middle School Proposed Boundary Adjustment

Proposed Boundary Adjustment

Update February 23, 2018

The Fairfax County School Board approved the following boundary adjustment at its meeting on February 22, 2018: 

Approve a standard boundary adjustment of some Jackson Middle School students to Thoreau Middle School. Any approved boundary adjustment related to Jackson Middle School will not change the high school boundary. Some students who attend Oakton, Mosby Woods and Marshall Road elementary schools would be reassigned from Jackson Middle School to Thoreau Middle School, if the boundary adjustment Option A is approved. 

View more information on the boundary adjustment recommendation. 

Proposed Boundary Adjustment Process for Jackson MS

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is considering a boundary adjustment to provide capacity relief to Jackson Middle School. The process for a boundary adjustment is outlined in FCPS Regulation 8130.9

Currently, Jackson has more than 1,400 students in a building with design capacity of 1,287 students. Enrollment at Jackson is projected to increase in the next five years. 

Thoreau Middle School, which is in close proximity to Jackson MS, recently completed a renovation that increased its design capacity to 1,395 students. Current enrollment at Thoreau is 902. Enrollment at Thoreau Middle School is expected to be level in the next five years and therefore, Thoreau is projected to have surplus available capacity in the future.

FCPS is recommending that the School Board approve a standard boundary adjustment of some Jackson Middle School students to Thoreau Middle School. Any approved boundary adjustment related to Jackson Middle School will not change the high school boundary.  Some students who attend Oakton, Mosby Woods and Marshall Road Elementary Schools could be reassigned from Jackson Middle School to Thoreau Middle School, if the boundary adjustment is approved.

Boundary Adjustment Process

Boundary scope meetings are the first step in the process. During the scope, the community is asked which schools should be considered in a boundary adjustment. The staff takes the feedback and develops boundary change options. The second step in the process are boundary study meetings in which the options are presented to the community. Community feedback on the options is collected. The feedback is then used to inform the recommendation made to the School Board. The School Board then schedules a  public hearing and then takes action at a regular business meeting.

Boundary Scope Meetings

Parents and guardians were invited to attend a boundary scope meetings to learn about the process and work in small groups to provide feedback to staff about what schools should be considered in the boundary study. The feedback from the community:  

Community Feedback - Oakton ES - June 5, 2017

Community Feedback - Mosby Woods ES - June 15, 2017

Community Feedback - Marshall Road ES - June 21, 2017

Additional Feedback

Boundary Study Meetings 

Two community boundary study meetings were held on November 30 and December 4. FCPS staff presented options on how to reduce Jackson Middle School enrollment by moving some students to Thoreau Middle School. After the presentation, community members worked in small groups to discuss the information and provide feedback on the options. The feedback will help inform a recommendation to the School Board. Any boundary adjustment approved by the School Board would not go into effect until the 2018-19 school year at the earliest.

The Fairfax County School Board held a public hearing on February 8, 2018. The School Board will take action on the proposal to adjust the boundary for Jackson Middle School at its regular business meeting on February 22, 2018.