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Little Red Schoolhouse-Sydenstricker School in Springfield VA

 

The Sydenstricker School in Springfield VA was the last one room school house in operation in Fairfax County. It closed in 1939 but the building is still used today and maintained as a community meeting hall by the Upper Pohick Community League.   The belfry contains the original school bell purchased in 1920's from the Sears Roebuck store in Alexandria.  The school was named after the first minister of the original Sydenstricker Church next door built in 1909. Rev. Syndenstricker was also the uncle of Nobel Prize Winner Pearl Buck the author of The Good Earth.

Schools in Springfield VA and Fairfax County have come a long way since the Syndenstricker school closed.  For the 2011-2012 school year you will find  177,000 students enrolled in Fairfax County Schools, the 11th largest school district in the US.   Per the Fairfax County School website the country schools are comprised of "138 elementary schools (grades K-6), 22 middle schools (grades 7 and 8), 4 secondary schools (grades 7-12), 21 high schools (grades 9-12), 7 special education centers, 2 alternative high schools, and 48 alternative programs."

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been ranking number 1 in the US and World Report for multiple years.

You won't find a single one room school house in the entire Fairfax County Schools system today.

Moving to Springfield or Fairfax County area?   Make sure you check out the Fairfax County Public School Website for information for information on the schools and programs offered.

Searching for houses in Springfield Virgiina and wonder what school your children would attend?  Enter the address in the Fairfax County School Boundary link to find out.

If you are still looking for a home in the Springfield VA area or anywhere in Fairfax County give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call  703-346-2213.  Not only did I attend Fairfax County Schools from kindergarten through high school graduation so did my children.  Let me show you the neighborhoods that meet the needs for your family.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCindy Jones • January 25 2012 03:53PM

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I love the history behind schools and buildings like this. Always have. It is amazing that the school system does such a good job with such a large student body. They don't pay teachers enough, that's for sure. 

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Very cool. To tell you how it was in Iowa is interesting. My older sisters who are in their upper 50's first attended a one room school when they went to school. School consolidation took place in their early elementary years and I always went to the consolidated schools. Only the Amish still seem to use them. We have quite a few in the Lancaster County. Thanks for the post it is very interesting.

Be well Cindy.

Cal

Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 7 years ago

Cindy very interesting facts about your little red school house, we have one too with a different past. On our HS grounds which is a bit of a sprawling ranch, the architect students built a detached little Red School house. TThey still hold classes in it, but the students have to go outside to get to it and on rainy, snowy days they are not so happy.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 7 years ago

Cindy

It's a good thing to keep our historic building in good repair to past them down to the next generation.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 7 years ago

Cindy! I love old school houses, I always wonder what it was like today. It's amazing how much has changed since then, in regards to the types of schools they build today.

Have an awesome day.

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Cindy ....I love posts like this ...can you imagine how much fun it had to be to go to school here!

Hope you have a great day!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 7 years ago

Nice Localism piece with a story within a story. The Rev that was so prominent in the community and a famous nece as well. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 7 years ago

Nate-I'd agree that when teachers are having to pay out of their pocket for classroom supplies something is out of line.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Cal-yes you do have a lot of one room school houses in your area for the Amish community.  Schools here have certainly grown and expanded over the years.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Ellen-that's cool that they build their own one room school house.  Upscale to the trailers we add here when the number of students busts the seats in the classrooms.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Lou-fortunately this one has been kept in good shape.  Another one just a few miles away has fallen into disrepair.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Michael-we only see these little schoolhouses in our area as historic properties.  In other areas where Cal lives in Lancaster PA they are still used today.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Rob-fun and likely distracting.  I had one year where we had a combined classroom of 2 grades and for me it was hard to concentrate.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Ed-we have a lot of intertwined history in our area.  It's fun to learn more of it as I explore more.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Cindy - I just love this!  What a great piece of history you have shared - thanks a bunch and hope you are well.  Press on!

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) almost 7 years ago

Louise-at least the county was thinking ahead to save this property.  A log cabin that used to be just a short distance away was torn down for new home.  DUH.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

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