ACPS is in the process of modernizing its school facilities. This is a process that is expected to take place over the next ten years. The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the next ten years includes a new elementary school, new middle school and new high school building to fully address ACPS seating capacity needs by 2027.
See information about the Capital Improvement Program budget.
Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Alexandria City Council adopted Resolution 2775 establishing the Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force to oversee the development of a Joint City-Schools Facility Capital Improvement Plan and provide recommendations related to further capital project implementation. See more about the Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force.
Current and Upcoming Projects
ACPS is in the process of building a new Patrick Henry PreK-8 School. The new school, which will be built alongside the old school so that students can stay in place during construction, will share the site with a new recreation center. Construction on the Patrick Henry Project will begin in spring 2017. The new school and recreation center are scheduled to open in fall 2018.
The City of Alexandria and ACPS are jointly developing a work program for a Long Range Educational Facilities Plan to improve facilities planning, accommodate the growing student population, and enhance educational programs and services.
ACPS is moving towards purchasing and retrofitting the office building at 1701 N. Beauregard, making substantial changes to the inside to convert it into an elementary school for 650 students. The New West End School is expected to be ready to open in time for the start of the school year in fall 2018.
As student enrollment continues to grow at the high school level, there is an increasing need to maintain modern facilities to meet the needs of the current and future student population.
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School
The community engagement process for the rebuild of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School is scheduled to start in the fall of 2017. The design work will take place over the course of 2018-19.
The goal is to find swing space that can be used to house students while their school is modernized. The City is currently conducting a feasibility study to assess whether the Lee Center in Old Town could possibly be used as long-term swing space.