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Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology Modernization Project Information

The Cora Kelly Modernization Project is part of the next step in Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) capacity modernization plan. In Summer 2019, ACPS brought in architects from Studio27 to lead a multidisciplinary team in the development of a Feasibility Study. A Feasibility Study is an assessment that identifies what is possible on the school site, the challenges on the school site and the possibilities for configuration, budget and schedule. 

In Fall 2019, the first draft of the study was completed. Preliminary findings were presented to the School Board on January 23, 2020. However, the COVID-19 Pandemic put the Study on hold from January 2019 through March 2021. 

On June 3, 2021, the Feasibility Study was presented to the School Board for review

Planning for the Cora Kelly Modernization Project is expected to continue until 2026. When planning is completed, the design phase will begin followed by construction. Anticipated occupancy is currently 2031.

Swing Space Opportunity

After the feasibility study presentation and discussions in June of 2021, the School Board decided that Swing Space is the most favorable option as it will allow for flexibility in design, the preservation of existing open space on the Cora Kelly site, and the maximization of student safety. In September of 2021, ACPS entered the due diligence stage for the purchase of the building at 1703 N. Beauregard Street. On Sept. 18, 2021 the City Council appropriated the funding for the purchase, and on Feb. 11, 2022, ACPS officially purchased the building.  

Much like Ferdinand T. Day, the 1703 building is an office building that will be converted to a school. ACPS is pursuing the opportunity to use this building as a Swing Space for both George Mason and Cora Kelly before ultimately using it as a permanent 600-student capacity school. 

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Updates

Sept. 22, 2021 - Cora Kelly Modernization Project Community Meeting and Presentation Slides

June 9, 2021 - Community Meetingpresentation slides and feasibility study

June 3, 2021 - Feasibility Study presented to the School Board, presentation slides, feasibility study and memo to school board

June 9, 2021 - Presentation to Cora Kelly PTA, feasibility study

Jan. 23, 2020 - Draft Feasibility Study Presented to School Board and presentation slideswatch presentation

Nov. 7, 2019 - Proposed Budget Request

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Cora Kelly modernization project