Known nationally for its award-winning, private school education, the Fairfax Christian School has now expanded to Loudoun.
“Loudoun County is so delighted to be able to welcome the Fairfax Christian School here in Eastern Loudoun County. For those of you who may not know, this school has an incredible history,” Loudoun Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) said. “Some of the students who have graduated from this institution have gone to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. Not only in this country, but across the world.”
Founded in 1961, Fairfax Christian School originally located on the ground floor of an old Victorian farmhouse in Fairfax City before moving to its current Vienna facility in 1993. School and Loudoun County officials gathered Aug. 16 to break ground on the new Loudoun Campus off Pacific Boulevard in Sterling. The second campus is expected to open in 2018.
“This new expansion of the school is exciting for us and there’s an amazing future ahead for the Fairfax Christian School,” School President and CEO Jo Thoburn said.
Thoburn has been working with Loudoun officials, real estate brokers, lawyers, contractors, architects and engineers for nearly four years in order to make the Dulles campus a reality.
“This is a great investment for Loudoun County. We’re so excited for this. We really want to have the kind of welcome for you that you truly deserve,” Loudoun Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “Anything you need, our door is always open to you. This is a great day for Loudoun County.”
Thoburn also thanked the Bank of Clarke County which made financing the project possible, and Lansdowne Construction and Phillips Construction for its upcoming work on the site.
The new campus will have room for 400 students — almost double of what the current campus serves. The school will move to the new campus as soon as facilities are complete and will provide free shuttles for students.
“It’s the people who made this happen that mean so much to me. The people who have invested in this community, the people who believe in this community,” State Senator and Republican Candidate for Lt. Gov. Jill Vogel said. “But it takes more than being able to count trees, read blueprints and find the genius banker, work with the right real estate people. It takes passion and a vision and faith and sticking with it. I can think of no people that I have ever encountered that have more of that than the Thoburns do.”