The Fairfax County School Board has selected Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences as the name of the new elementary school in the Seven Corners area.
The new school is being converted from a five-story office building at 6245 Leesburg Pike in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County to provide enrollment relief for the severely overcrowded Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences.
Bailey’s Upper will house students in grades 3-5 from Bailey’s Elementary and will open in September. Students in grades K-2 will remain at Bailey’s Elementary.
“Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences continues the Bailey’s tradition and reinforces a new model of one school, two campuses,” said School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon. “This is an exciting project for FCPS and the community. Work is now underway to retrofit and convert the building to a vertical design school which will be the first of its kind in FCPS.
“We actively sought the input of the Bailey’s community and surrounding neighborhoods in developing this concept which we firmly believe will serve the needs of our students while providing long overdue relief to the overcrowding problem at Bailey’s,” said Moon.
Current Bailey's students and parents submitted names for the new school, and members of the community participated in a meeting on March 19 to select a proposed name to forward to the School Board, which has the final authority to choose names for new facilities.
In December 2013, FCPS acquired the Leesburg Pike office building for $9.37 million with funds from the 2013 school bond referendum.