School History

Laurel Hill Elementary School opened on September 8, 2009. Our mascot is the lion, and at Laurel Hill we roar with pride! Our school motto is "We love the journey of life-long learning," and we live these words every day as we all - students and staff members alike - work together and learn from each other.

Laurel Hill opened at a time when Fairfax County Public Schools was experiencing a sharp rise in student population growth. The “Baby Boomlet” of the 1990s, and the redevelopment of the Lorton community, had caused significant overcrowding at the schools in our area. To meet the demand for more classroom space, construction began in the winter of 2008 on a new elementary school at what was then called the Laurel Hill site. Completed at a cost of $14.8 million, Laurel Hill Elementary School welcomed approximately 800 students on opening day. Our first principal was Suzanne Montgomery.

What’s in a Name?

Our school and the surrounding community are named for a historic estate established by the Lindsay family in the late 1700s. Learn more about the history of our area and the origin of our name in this video produced for the FCPS cable television channel Red Apple 21.