First Look: New and Improved Terraset Elementary

Terraset Elementary School’s lower grades moved into their new classrooms this week, more than a year after renovations began at the 37-year-old school.

When the work is complete, the school will have more than 100,000 square feet of new offices, art and music rooms, classrooms and parking areas. The new Terraset will expand from a capacity of 600 students to around 900.

The new library and lower grades wing is done, featuring lots of windows, natural light and — new at this open-concept school — doors for a quieter classrooms.

The lower grades had been housed on the other side of the school while the new wing was built. The upper grades have been having classes in 23 trailers on school grounds since last school year, said school principal Lindsay Trout. The upper grades will move back into the school when renovations are completed in 2016, she said.

Reston’s Sunrise Valley Elementary is also in the midst of an overhaul that should be done next year.

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