High School Campus Project

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  1. Posted: RFP for Design and Construction Conceptual Phase

    The RFP has been posted with a deadline of January 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. The pre-bid meeting is scheduled for December 13 at 3 p.m. Read on...
  2. School Bond Referendum Passes

    The next steps in the projects include the schools planning for design and the City government marketing up to 10 acres of campus for economic development to help pay for the new school. Read on...
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Past Events and Meetings

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Project History


Over the past four years, the City Council and School Board have taken an extensive look at the possibilities, considering options for a new school that include full gut renovation and addition; partial renovation and addition; phased building over 10 years; and new building.

(Related: Read the detailed history of the high school in Superintendent Peter Noonan's memo. You can also find archived materials from the past four years as well as videos of meetings throughout the process.)

Feasibility Studies


Falls Church City Public Schools conducted a facilities feasibility study that concluded the best option was a five-story high school aside 10 acres of commercial development.

The City of Falls Church government conducted an economic feasibility study where consultants estimated that as much as $45 million could be earned by the City’s long-term lease or sale of the 10 acres.

Because of limited space on the site, the new school would need to be built before the existing building can be taken down for commercial development. As a result, the City will need to issue bonds for the full cost of the school before the commercial development revenue from the sale or lease of the property is available.
Commercial Site Concept

Project Milestones and Timeline



School Design and Construction Timeline
Please visit the Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) website for the latest milestones and timeline. Generally, the timeline is:

  • November 2017 – RFP issued for qualifications to see which firms are interested in working on the project.
  • February 22, 2018 – Request for Detailed Proposals will be issued and due in May 2018.
  • June - July 2018 – Design team will be selected.
  • July 2019 – Construction will begin on the new high school.
  • Summer 2021 – New high school opens.
Commercial Development Milestones and Timeline

  • March 2018 – City Council to adopt Comprehensive Plan amendment and Small Area Plan
  • March 2018 – City will issue Request for Developer Qualifications to see what firms are interested in the commercial development project.
  • June 2018 – City will issue Request for Development Proposals.
  • October 2018 – Top respondent will be selected.
  • May 2019 – City will finalize land lease or sale agreement and Conceptual Development Plan.
  • July 2019 - Summer 2021 – City approves commercial development site plan and building permits.
  • Fall 2021 – Commercial development begins.

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