Waverley Elementary School Feasibility Study


Holly Nelson
Project Manager

(301) 644-5026

Final Report and BOE Recommendations

The Waverley Feasibility Study Team has completed its study of the school’s needs and options for modernization. The team will present to the Board of Education on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 PM. View the final report here.


FCPS has begun a feasibility study in Fall 2017 to determine the best way to modernize and expand Waverley Elementary School. The purpose of the study is to identify school renovation needs, additional space needs, options for meeting the needs, and estimated costs for each option. The study is expected to take about six months and there will be opportunities for community members to participate throughout the study.

During the feasibility study, staff will work with a consultant to consider several options:

  • Renovate and expand the current building
  • Replace the current building with a larger new building
  • Renovate the current building and the existing Rock Creek building

The team will consider the school’s new capacity. The Board of Education’s approved size for an elementary school is 725 students. Because of the growth that is happening in the Waverley area and the lack of other school sites, the team will also consider a building that can seat approximately 1,020 students with a co-principal model for the administration.

Feasibility Study Process

This study is the first step in the process to modernize and expand Waverley Elementary School. The Feasibility Study will start in November 2017 and conclude in March 2018. All staff team meetings are open to the public and will also be videotaped and posted on the FCPS website. Three community meetings will be held at Waverley. Information about all meetings can be found on the Meetings webpage.

In order to determine the best way to modernize Waverley, the team will consider the existing building’s physical condition, the building’s ability to provide space for our current educational programs and the community’s vision for the school. Our architecture consultant team led by Marks Thomas will provide conceptual layouts for the options listed above and the team and community will have several opportunities to provide feedback.

Community Engagement

The feasibility study team organized several ways for the community to provide input on the future of Waverley Elementary School. Waverley Elementary staff were given a short presentation and survey on December 7, 2017. A Community Visioning Meeting was held on December 11, 2017 and the community was invited to discuss priorities for the project and provide verbal and written comments. A survey was available online from December 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018. A presentation of initial options was given on January 11, 2018. Community members filled out surveys on specific aspects of the building and site and had opportunities to share what they liked or disliked about the initial options. The final presentation of options will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6 PM in the Waverley cafeteria.

To view comments and survey responses, visit the Community Feedback page.

To view documents from the community presentations, visit the Meetings webpage.

Next Steps

After the Feasibility Study is complete, the next steps are design and construction. The proposed timeline for the project is shown below, contingent on funding from the State and County. The timing of construction for Waverley ES depends on the timing of construction of the replacement of Rock Creek School to another site.

Schedule for Rock Creek and Waverley Projects

School Year

2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23

Rock Creek School Replacement Schedule

Design New Rock Creek building under construction New Rock Creek opens  

Waverley Elementary Modernization Schedule

Feasibility Study Design

Redistricting Study



Modernized Waverley ES opens