School History

Great Falls Elementary School opened its doors to students for the first time on May 1, 1953. However, at that time, our school went by another name. We invite you to explore some facets of our unique and fascinating history by visiting the links on this page.

What’s in a Name?

Great Falls Elementary School takes its name from the surrounding community. Learn about the history of Great Falls and the surrounding area, including the Patowmack Canal and the lost town of Matildaville, in this video produced for Fairfax County Public Schools’ cable television channel Red Apple 21.