Loudoun County public school enrollment has essentially doubled in the past decade, with the district taking in thousands of new students every year and racing to build new, look-alike buildings to relieve some of the pressure on crowded schools. But Middleburg Elementary is an anomaly. It’s old. And it’s tiny.
Creating a charter wouldn’t be an easy fix, either. The application process is slow — another group is grinding through that in Loudoun right now. But there are donors willing to contribute money, and they hope a math-and-science-focused curriculum would draw more students and keep classrooms full. “That could take it off the chopping block” for good, Stewart said.