About the Building

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classrooms, plus common areas, science lab, and makerspace, all designed to accommodate enrollment growth
outside terrace leading to outdoor classroom
LEED Certified and technologically innovative
education and student-centered design best practices used throughout the building

2025

Estimated completion

2025

May 1, 2024

WSG, BBAR, and WC Smith officially break ground on the new campus building

May 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

All regulatory and financial approvals won, enabling the project to move forward

March 1, 2024

October 2023

WSG’s Building Dreams Campaign reaches $10M benchmark

October 2023

June 2022

WSG launches the Building Dreams Capital Campaign

June 2022

January 2022

WSG begins a feasibility study to evaluate the capacity to fundraise for a new building at THEARC

January 2022

2021

WSG forges partnerships with Building Bridges Across the River, WC Smith, and Palmer Sanchez Architects to begin brainstorming and envisioning a unified campus building

2021

2020-2022

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for more functional learning spaces becomes increasingly evident. Limitations on current facilities make social distancing challenging, and the value of in-person learning is reaffirmed.

2020-2022

February 2020

The WSG Board passes a strategic plan with campus unification as a key pillar, and approves a facilities subcommittee to evaluate current and future facility needs.

February 2020

2018-2019

The WSG community seeks and earns reaccreditation from the Middle States Association’s Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The rigorous process includes in-depth evaluation of the WSG program across all areas, and includes feedback from all community stakeholders, including staff, students, parents, alumnae, school leadership, and community supporters. Across the board, stakeholders identify space constraints as the biggest limiting factor to current and future success.

2018-2019

2015-2018

WSG expands programming to include robust family support, graduate support, learning specialists, and additional elective courses. Classrooms are shared, offices and auxiliary rooms are converted to learning spaces, and closets are converted to offices to accommodate increased space needs.

2015-2018

2014

WSG adds 3rd grade program, reaching capacity at The View Campus

2014

2013

WSG moves to OLPH to prepare for the future addition of a 3rd grade program

2013

May 2012

WSG earns accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools for the first time.

May 2012

September 2005

WSG’s middle school grades, 6, 7, and 8, open at the newly completed campus at THEARC. WSG was one of the original tenants. WSG’s new elementary grades, 4 and 5, move into the Washington View Apartments on Douglass Road.

September 2005

1997-2005

WSG begins planning for its new home at THEARC, an innovative collaborative community center bringing together organizations in education, arts, recreation, and wellness. WSG’s growth quickly outpaces the available space at THEARC, and leadership begins exploring campus options for planned expansion into additional elementary grades.

1997-2005

September 1997

WSG began an after-school tutoring program at 1811 Alabama Avenue, SE, in a converted residential apartment space provided by the William C. Smith Company (Now WCSmith)

September 1997

April 11, 1997

Washington School for Girls Founded

April 11, 1997