School board changes attendance zones for next year

After a few months of hearings and briefings, on December 13, 2022, the Loudoun County school board adopted a rezoned attendance plan for the 2023-24 school year. 

The plan rezones several neighborhoods in Leesburg to different middle and high schools than they currently attend. Several of these neighborhoods are home to students that currently attend Loudoun County High School. 

Students living in the Oaklawn and East Stratford communities currently attend LCHS, but have been rezoned to attend Heritage High School. Students living in the Colts Run, Ketockin Farm Estates, Roxbury Heights, Shenstone, Church & Market, Crescent Place, and King Street Station communities also currently attend LCHS, but have been rezoned to attend Tuscarora High School.

Changes will take place in the fall at the start of the 2023-24 academic year. However, the school board’s policy 8160 provides for several exemptions to changes in attendance zone assignments. Most notably, rising seniors (current juniors) will remain at their current school, even if their neighborhood has been rezoned. This is in line with the LCPS policy of not enrolling a senior class in the first year of opening any new high school. Rising seniors stay at their current school through graduation. Furthermore, any siblings of rising seniors may also stay at their current school through graduation. However, this applies to siblings already attending high school with their older sibling; rising freshmen (currently in middle school) with rising senior siblings will need to apply for special permission to stay at their current school.

In certain other cases, students may be granted special permission from the school board to stay at their current school for reasons such as educational continuity.

Additional information about the zone changes has been and will continue to be made available on the LCPS website, in principal Michelle Luttrell’s weekly emails, and in the LCHS counseling department’s monthly newsletter. Students can view the zoning map and if unsure of their zoning assignment, can use the resources on the LCPS website to enter their home address and find out.