The 2-story design of the new 900-student community school helps reduce impact on a resource-rich and limited site.

The New Flat Rock Elementary School design serves students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. The building provides approximately 96,000 SF of academic and support spaces and the building exterior incorporates materials and finishes consistent with those used at the adjacent High School that we previously designed. 


  • New 900 student elementary school
  • 96,000 SF
  • Pre-K classrooms and separate playground


  • Gold Design Award Virginia School Boards Association
  • Design Excellence Virginia Chapter Council for Educational Facilities Planners International
  • Best New Elementary School CEFPI Southeast Region

Public and Private needs meet at “Main Street”

The building design is composed of public and private sides divided by a ”main street” and instructional areas are arranged by grade levels with each wing owning a collaborative group area nearby. These 'clusters' promote collaboration, provide for security, and accessibility and allow children to move independently in accessing the many available resources. Rooms are internally connected to allow for team teaching and facilitating students who may learn at a different pace from their peers.  

Bringing the outside in

There is an abundance of natural light within Flat Rock Elementary and many views and connections to the outside. The trellis covering the Pre-K play area reduces glare inside the adjacent classrooms and creates diffused light while scaling the building exterior to the community's youngest children. 

Preparing for the future

Flat Rock was the third elementary school to serve the community and expanded the County’s elementary capacity to serve 2500. With the other schools Flat Rock will accommodate population growth for the next 20 years without expanding to new buildings.