Herndon Elementary School Capital Project

Information about the Renovations

The Herndon Elementary project was identified according to the Renovation Queue, approved in 2009. The Herndon Elementary project is ranked 52 of 63 schools in the queue. Planning and design was funded by the 2021 bond, with construction expected to be funded by the 2023 bond.  The renovation and additions will add approximately 25,000 square feet, bringing the total future building area to 112,000 square feet. 

Construction Information and Updates

Questions and comments about the construction project are shared at community meetings, via feedback forms, and through email. We will share answers to common questions and updates here.

Latest Update: January 22, 2024

School Access (Parking, Kiss & Ride, Bus Loop, Pedestrian Routes)

  • Access to parking will continue to be provided throughout the construction. 
  • While site circulation may have to adjust to account for the location of construction, parking, kiss & ride, bus loop, and pedestrain routes to school will be maintained. 
  • FCPS has revisited the design and considered all possible options to avoid having parking extend further into the Herndon Elementary School site and extend parking behind neighboring property. Our study has concluded there is no alternative to the design that remove spaces directly behind neighboring property while maintaining the total number of proposed parking spaces. We are obligated to the Herndon community and school to provide a balanced approach to the design, taking all factors into consideration. There is a strain on adjacent public streets due to the lack of adequate parking on the school site. This project will help alleviate the parking strain and plans for future growth. To reduce the impact on neighbors’ views, the design provides a row of shrubs along the south side of the parking area, helping to screen parking from residential properties. 

Construction Schedule

  • The construction timeline is Spring 2024 - Fall 2026, depending on the permit.
  • Phasing will be finalized when the contractor is selected.

Health and Safety

  • FCPS is addressing the mold issue in the building.

Design and Planning Elements

  • All spaces within the existing building will be renovated.
  • 11 new adult toilet rooms will be provided throughout the school.
  • There will be swings in the new playground.
  • Trailers will be removed at the end of construction.

Herndon Elementary School Renovation Photo Gallery

Future Events

Information on future events will be posted as soon as details are known. 

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Key Build Information

Funding: 2021 Bond (Planning/Design)
Future Building Area: 112,000 SF
Anticipated Future Capacity: 1050
Building Area:  86,795 SF
Acreage: 14.00
Prior Renovation: 1991
Prior Capacity Enhancement: 1969, 1988 (addition), 2007 (modular)
2008 Renovation Rank: #52
Architect: Cooper Carry
Contractor: TBD
Current Status: In Planning/Design
Estimated Completion: TBD

School Information

Address: 630 Dranesville Rd, Herndon, VA 20170
FCPS Region: 1
Grades: PreK-6
HS Pyramid: Herndon HS
MS Feeder: Herndon MS
Opened: 1961
Title 1: Yes
K-3 Cap: 23
Programs: PreK, AAP Local Level IV, Immersion (School-based), Autism, SACC (2 classrooms)

Past Engagement, Planning & Construction Information


December 14, 2023 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Community Meeting

March 20, 2023, 6:30-7:30 p.m.:  Community Meeting 


October 4, 2022:  Design Feedback and Engagement Committee meeting #2 

May 31, 2022: Design Feedback and Engagement Committee meeting #1