Fairfax Boundary Study and the Housing Market

optionamap copyThe Fairfax County School Board is once again looking at the High School boundaries in an effort to alleviate the overcrowding at Fairfax High School.  Fairfax High School is a Fairfax City school. The building is owned by Fairfax City and they hire Fairfax County to administer the school. Because of this, all Fairfax City residents will stay at the City schools. County residents will be moved to help better balance the school population.

I went to a couple of the community feedback meetings and the message from the parents in the room sends an overwhelming message, “Please don’t move us. And if you do, grandfather the kids that are already there.” The Board has asked for input on 3 options and will vote on May 9th, with implementation to begin in 2014.

Do these changes affect your housing value? In some cases, yes.  To some buyers the school district is an important consideration. There are differences between the high school programs that make one school a better fit for a family than another. I have had clients prefer to be in one district because they preferred the IB (International Baccalaureate) program and other choosing another school because it offers AP (Advanced Placement) classes. If you are looking to by a house before May 9, the day the School Board will vote on boundary changes, than it would be best to be familiar with the 3 options the school board is considering and how it may affect your purchase if schools are an important factor in your decision.

Option A

This option will reassign part of Fairfax Villa Elementary attendance area from Fairfax HS to Woodson HS.  Fairfax Villa would become a split feeder. In addition, it will reassign part of Greenbriar West Elementary to Chantilly, eliminating Greenbriar as a split feeder. This option would affect 224 students starting in 2014/15.

Option A Map

Option B

This option would reassign a larger part of Fairfax Villa Elementary attendance area from Fairfax HS to Woodson HS. Fairfax Villa would still be a split feeder. A portion of the Oak View attendance area would be reassigned from Woodson to Robinson.  Oak View would remain a split feeder. Part of Marshall Road Elementary attendance area would move from Oakton HS to Falls Church HS. Marshall Road Elementary would become a triple feeder. This option would affect 367 students starting in 2014/15.

Option B Map

Option C

This option reassigns part of Waples Mill Elementary from Fairfax to Oakton.  It will also  reassign part of Greenbriar West Elementary to Chantilly, eliminating Greenbriar West as a split feeder. Part of Fairfax Villa attendance area would move from Fairfax HS to Woodson HS. Fairfax Villa would become a split feeder. It reassigns part of the Oak View attendance area from Woodson to Robinson. Oak View would remain a split feeder.  Part of Marshall Road Elementary attendance area would move from Oakton HS to Falls Church HS.  Marshall Road would stay a split feeder. This option affects 456 students beginning in 2014/15.

Option C Map

In all of these options the AAP (advanced academic placement) of the kids moved would change as well.

Before you sign a contract, know the school situation with the house you are going to buy. It could affect the value of your investment.

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