School History

E. Barbour Hutchison Elementary School was founded in 1975 and, today, has a rich multicultural student population that includes children from more than 28 countries. 

Our school has full accreditation status. This status means that schools achieve all of the following pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments:

  • English – 75 percent or higher
  • Mathematics – 70 percent or higher
  • Science – 70 percent or higher
  • History – 70 percent or higher

TV Coverage of Hutchison's Accreditation

Throughout the history of the school "every child can and every child will" has permeated all decision-making. In response to the challenge of SOLs, all resources collaborate for maximum support for each child. Classroom teachers, reading teachers, SOL teachers, ESOL teachers, the Title I teacher, special educators, counselors, the parent liaison, administrators, instructional assistants, and community members each play a significant role in supporting an overall plan for success. Teamwork within and between teams creates continuity and consistency of program delivery. 

Design & Construction

In October 1973, the Fairfax County School Board approved the construction of a new school on a 13-acre tract of land at Reflection Lake near the town of Herndon. During the design and construction process, our school was referred to as Reflection Lake Elementary School. In May 1974, the School Board awarded the contract for the construction of our school to Hill & Kimel, Inc., in the amount of $1,729,000. Also in May, the School Board hired the architectural firm of Musolino & Hunton to design our building, stipulating that it must be able to house 660 students. At its meeting on December 12, 1974, the School Board officially named our school for Edwin Barbour Hutchison, a former teacher and principal during the early 1900s at the Town of Herndon’s first public school on Center Street.

What's in a Name?

Learn about our school's namesake in this video produced for Fairfax County Public Schools’ cable television channel Red Apple 21.