Newest Fairfax school named Bailey’s Upper Elementary

The newest Fairfax County school campus, previously known only by its address at 6245 Leesburg Pike, was recently named the Bailey’s Upper Elementary School.

The five-story brick office building near Falls Church in Seven Corners is currently under renovation to accommodate students this fall. The new school will hold students in grades three through five who currently attend the nearby Bailey’s Elementary.

The school system acquired the building, located about 1 ½ miles from the Bailey’s Elementary, in December for $9.37 million. The high-rise will be the first multistory school in Fairfax County. The building, which formerly housed the county’s Human Services Department, was purchased to help alleviate crowding at Bailey’s, which is 30 percent over capacity, with 1,300 students. A total of 19 trailers sit on that campus to keep up with the surging growth at the school.

Last Thursday, the Fairfax County School Board voted unanimously to name the building Bailey’s Upper Elementary.

“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,” school board Chairman Ilryong Moon (At Large) said in a statement.

Parents and residents from the community surrounding Bailey’s took part in a vote to help name the school. Some residents had pushed for the building to be named after Thurgood Marshall, the former Supreme Court justice, who lived near Lake Barcroft for many years. Marshall, who was part of the legal team that won the Brown v. Board of Education case that integrated schools across the country, was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court.

In the end, the community voted for Bailey’s Upper Elementary.

“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,” Moon said.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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