Great Falls Elementary School
Great Falls, VA
Students in Great Falls, Virginia, may be attending class in one of the community’s older civic structures—Great Falls Elementary School dates to 1956—but it doesn’t seem that way after a comprehensive $12.9 million modernization. The modernized 85,697 SF school includes more than 20,000 SF of new space and a complete renovation of all existing spaces. The school also features a new media center, cafeteria, art room, additional classrooms, and all new systems and finishes.
“We have a beautiful new building,” GFES Principal Ernest Leighty said in a recent Great Falls Connection article. Both Leighty and Assistant Principal Barbara DeHart point out that large windows make the new library a “bright and a cheerful place” and the new art room will support a variety of projects—a big improvement over the cart-based lessons taught in the past.