Prince William County's 13th high school will pull students from areas currently zoned for Battlefield, Patriot and Stonewall Jackson high schools, according to proposed boundaries released by the school division Tuesday evening.
The new boundary plan, which can be found here, was released without comment or supporting documents from school division officials. As such, it's not yet clear exactly how many students the new school will remove from any of the three existing high schools.
The new school, which has not yet been named, is under construction on 83 acres of undeveloped land behind Jiffy Lube Live.
The school is expected to open in the fall of 2021 and is planned primarily to relieve extreme overcrowding at Battlefield and Patriot high schools, which are 950 and 625 students overcapacity, respectively.
Battlefield High School is using 18 portable classroom trailers this school year, while Patriot is using 20.
Stonewall Jackson High School is about 70 students overcapacity and is using seven portable classroom trailers.
The proposed boundaries for the 13th high school, shaded in light green on the map, show the southwest corner of Battlefield High's attendance area being reassigned to the new school.
Battlefield's new southern boundary, if the plan is approved, would not extend beyond Interstate 66 to the west of U.S. 15. On the eastern side of U.S. 15, Battlefield's new boundary would follow Heathcote Boulevard to Catharpin Road, with neighborhoods north and south of Heathcote going to the new high school.
The new high school's attendance area appears to include most of Haymarket and the Heritage Hunt areas.
From Patriot's current attendance area, the new school would take neighborhoods south of U.S. 29, including the areas around Stonewall Golf Club, Virginia Oaks, and areas around Gainesville Middle School.
Patriot's boundaries will get smaller but will extend a bit further north to incorporate areas south and west of Devlin Road, including Victory Lakes Loop, Falling Water Drive and the area around Victory Elementary School.
Stonewall Jackson High School will lose the northwest corner of its attendance area, with its new western boundary running along Prince William Parkway, jutting west at Wellington Drive to include areas around Innovation Park.
Changes impact current eighth-graders and below
This year’s seventh-grade students are the oldest students who will be required to move to the new high school, as they will enter 10th grade when the new school opens.
This year’s eighth-grade class will have the option of attending the new school for their junior and senior years if they live in the new school’s boundaries. But they will also have the option of staying in their original high school rather than transferring, according to information shared during a scoping meeting last week.
The new high school won’t have a senior graduating class until 2023. It will be comprised of students who are in eighth grade this year and decide to attend the new high school for their junior and senior years.