• Improved Layout and Instructional Space

  • Architecture firm Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates of Charlottesville is leading the project design and working closely with staff, faculty and adminstrators on the layout and functionality of the facility. 

    Two wings of the existing building will be knocked down, and a completely new wing of classroom space will be added to the school.

    The layout and conditions of the facility will be improved to provide:

    • open, collaborative learning spaces, and a more student-friendly environment that nurtures collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and citizenship
    • upgraded instructional technology systems, plus unique design features that support a technology-rich experience for students
    • a facility that will better support college and career pathways thanks to a $50,000 high school innovation grant
    • larger classroom, lab and instructional spaces appropriate for a 21st-century learning experience for high school students
    • a secure vestibule for safe school entry and continued video surveillance for safety
    • better foot and vehicular traffic flow
    • improved fine arts facilities that include a black box theater and new spaces for band and chorus
    • an updated John Lewis auditorium and Paul Hatcher Gymnasium, including a new gym floor
    • additional athletic space with a new auxiliary gym, plus a resurfaced track and new tennis courts
    • creature comforts for students built into a new food court, dining area, and outdoor eating space, plus lots of natural light for learning spaces
    • accessibility for people with disabilities

    The construction process is not expected to be significantly disruptive to students. Construction on the new addition will begin first while students continue to attend classes in the existing structure. Once the new addition is complete, students will move to the new wing and demolition and renovation will occur in the old building.