Douglas MacArthur Modernization

  • Upcoming Meetings:

    Visioning Session, Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Please join the architects and designers from 9am to noon on Saturday, November 9 in the Library for a visioning session for the new Douglas MacArthur Elementary School building.

    Douglas MacArthur Advisory Group Meeting Monday, November 4, 2019

    The first meeting of the Douglas MacArthur Advisory Group will be held Monday, November 4 in the fifth grade pod. These meetings are open to the public but there will not be an opportunity for public comment.

    Kick Off the New Building Design, Tuesday, October 29, 2019 

    Please join us for the first community-wide meeting on Tuesday, October 29 from 6pm to 8pm at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. At this meeting, families and residents will:
    Meet the design team.
    Meet the Douglas MacArthur Advisory Group.
    Take part in a Listening Session focused on community values for the new school.

    Community Meeting and Collaborative Meeting at Patrick Henry Monday, October 28.

    Please join us on Monday, October 28 from 6pm to 7pm for a community meeting in the Cafetorium at Patrick Henry. We will be updating the community on parking, traffic management and bell schedule. There will be a meeting of the Collaborative Committee following in the Media Center.


    A new Douglas MacArthur Elementary School is scheduled to open its doors in January 2023. The original opening was scheduled for 2025, but in April 2019, the School Board voted to use swing space at the former Patrick Henry Elementary School for Douglas MacArthur students beginning in 2020. This decision allowed ACPS to move up the timeline for the Douglas MacArthur community.

    A total of $56,581,549 has been allocated to the project in the proposed FY 2020-29 Capital Improvement Program Budget.

    Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Swing Space at Taney Avenue 

    ACPS will be providing updates on the swing space project and soliciting feedback at community meetings throughout the double occupancy of the site. The first of these open community meetings was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Patrick Henry School.  

    A concept design for the swing space has been created and will be submitted for the Development Special Use Permit Amendment with the City.  

    Collaborative Committee Between MacArthur and Patrick Henry

    In May, ACPS set up the Superintendent's Patrick Henry and Douglas MacArthur Collaborative Committee. The committee includes members who had been on a Patrick Henry Advisory Group when it was under construction as well as representatives from both school’s PTA, staff members, RPCA, Civic Association liaisons and school board and city council members.  

    The role of the committee is to:

    • Represent interests that support a successful visiting occupancy of Douglas MacArthur on the Patrick Henry site
    • Identify concerns and challenges of the dual use
    • Propose solutions as they arise during the dual occupancy
    • Facilitate positive relationships between the two schools and communities

    The two chairs selected for this committee are: Michael Doney, who represents Patrick Henry, and Dana Chambers, a Douglas MacArthur representative. 

    Please keep up with this page and the modernization page on ACPS main website for more information.