E.L. Haynes Public Charter School will host an official groundbreaking ceremony to signify the start of construction on a 33,000 square foot High School addition at 4501 Kansas Avenue, NW. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright and State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley will be on hand for remarks and photos during the public ceremony and groundbreaking.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown
Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser
State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley
Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright
Stefan Huh, Director of Charter School Programs, U.S. Department of Education
E.L. Haynes Trustees, Students, Parents, Administrators, Faculty and Staff
Founded in 2004 and recently designated a ‘Tier One’ high-performing school by the DC Public Charter School Board, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School currently serves 800 students from grades pre-school to 9 and is recognized locally and nationally for advancing student achievement. In 2011, 90% of E.L. Haynes 8th grade students scored ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’ in math and 75% scored ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’ on the DC CAS.
Upon completion, the 33,000 square foot addition will adjoin 12,000 existing square feet of space, enabling E.L. Haynes to create a 400-student high school. The facility will include state-of-the-art science labs, a regulation size high school gymnasium, specialized spaces for the arts, a technology lab for video game design and programming courses, and an indoor/outdoor cafeteria. The project team includes architects Shinberg.Levinas and general contractor Forrester Construction. The $23.7 million project is funded through grants from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB), and support from The Campaign for E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. The Kansas Avenue, NW campus is at the former home of DCPS’ Clark Elementary School.