Ashburn, VA (October 12, 2016) – One of the constants in Virginia, beside death and taxes, is school realignments. The Virginia High School League (VHSL) realignment committee has finalized the state’s new Region Alignment Plan for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. Loudoun County’s representative on this committee is Ron Petrella from Heritage. In addition to realigning regions, the committee also has done away with conferences and will be bringing back districts Fall 2017.
Region 6A will have 55 schools, with populations ranging from T.C. Williams’ 3,515 to Clover Hill with 1,843 students. Region 5A will also have 55 schools ranging from Thomas Edison’s 1,926 population to Warwick’s 1,450. Region 4A will have 52 schools; Sherando being the largest at 1,522 and William Byrd the smallest at 1,125.
Three local area teams are moving up from 4A, they are John Champe, Freedom, and Rock Ridge. Riverside will move up from 3A. As a result, all Loudoun County schools will be in either 5A or 4A.
Currently the 15 Loudoun high schools are spread across three regions and five conferences that include 15 non-Loudoun County high schools. Next fall this will all change as the conferences will be replaced with districts. The Dulles and Potomac districts will be composed solely of Loudoun County high schools for the first time in almost a decade. The breakdown of the new districts are as follows: