• Elementary School 18

    Proposed School Site
    Graphic Representation of School Site

    Opening Date

    Slated for August 2026


    Elementary School #18 is a three-story masonry and metal stud structure with brick and metal panel veneers. The proposed school is approximately 131,000 square feet with a student capacity of 1,070 students. The proposed school site will include a playfield, paved play areas, and modular play areas. A passenger vehicle parking lot, a school bus pickup and drop off loop, and a Stafford County Public Schools Transportation Services bus parking depot are also proposed. The bus parking depot is requested to be funded as a separate project after the Elementary School is constructed. 

    Proposed Location

    A land acquisition team made up of County and Stafford Schools staff considered sites in the southwest quadrant of the County to locate the elementary school. After considering all potential sites, the team recommended a 34.7-acre portion of Tax Map Parcel 36-37 for use. This project will be located next to the Sixth High School, approximately 0.8 miles east of Poplar Road and just north of the intersection with Warrenton Road (Route 17) and Stafford Plaza Drive. It backs to Truslow Road to the North. 


    The School Board's FY2025 Capital improvement Plan estimates the construction costs for ES 18 to be $75,932,336.

    Analysis of Need

    As Stafford County continues to grow in population, building this new elementary school will relieve overcrowding and also significantly improve quality of life and community development opportunities. 

    Proposed Project Timeline  

    • Land acquisition - Completed Summer 2023
    • Historical and Archaeological Study - Completed Fall 2023
    • Schematic Design - Completed Fall 2023
    • Site Permit Submitted for Approval to Stafford County Fall 2023
    • Building Permit Submittal to Stafford County for Approval - Spring 2024
    • Final Design and Bidding - Spring/Summer 2024
    • Construction - Summer of 2024 through Spring/Summer 2026
    • Open - August 2026

    Community Engagement 

    • Superintendent's Listen and Learn - Tuesday, January 17, at 6 p.m., at Hartwood ES (14 Shackelford Well Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22406)
    • Community Meeting #1 - Held Wednesday, January 18, from 6:30 - 8 p.m., at Rocky Run ES (View the Presentation)
    • Community Meeting #2 - Monday, January 30, from 6:30 - 8 p.m., at T. Benton Gayle MS   (View the Presentation)

    Comprehensive Plan Compliance Review

    To be determined.

  • Feedback?

    Stafford County Public Schools is seeking feedback from our learning community regarding Elementary School 18. As you complete the questions below, we invite you to step into the future.  Imagine this successful school program 10 years from now. What are our elementary students learning and how does their K-5 experience prepare them for grades 6-12 and beyond?