Sneak Peek Inside EL Haynes Public Charter School

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I was lucky enough to get a tour of the facility from Director of Marketing and Development, Julie Green. While it may look a little imposing from the outside the inside is truly extraordinary. As many know the school is located at 3600 Georgia Ave. on the corner of Georgia Ave. and Otis Place, NW. The building has 46,000 square feet on six floors and will eventually host 468 students from pre-K through 8th grade. The school is named after Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, “the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics, a teacher in the DC school system for 47 years, and the first woman to serve as President of the DC Board of Education”.

The school, currently located above the CVS at 14th and Irving in Columbia Heights will move to its new location in June. Currently the Haynes school has 300 students from pre-K to 5th grade. 60% of the students are from Ward 1 and the remaining 40% are from all over the city. They chose this location because the school partnered with a group called Building Hope which is a charter school facilities fund, with funding provided by Sallie Mae. And as Ms. Green explained it “the location chose us”. Green explained that Columbia Heights real estate prices were no longer realistic and the school wanted to stay relatively close to Columbia Heights and near a metro so that they wouldn’t lose their current families.

I asked Green the million dollar question: How do they plan on dealing with being situated between a strip club and a liquor store? She replied that the school always keeps children’s safety as the number one priority. She continued, “we’ve faced issues being in Columbia Heights and we are experienced with complicated situations and we will continue to be diligent about student safety and security.” Furthermore, she told me that the school had been in touch with the owners of the liquor store and will be in touch with the owners of the strip club in order to build a good relationship. The number one concern about the strip club is the explicit fliers that sometimes people find on their cars. Green assured me that the school will work with the club to ensure the students don’t encounter these fliers near the school. Green concluded, “at the end of the day we hope that we prepare the kids to make good choices. Being in a big city there will always be challenges. We are thrilled to be here and we’ve been warmly welcomed by our neighbors who have been loving, patient and generous.”

Green hopes that in the future the school will partner with the community in a variety of ways. Some possibilities she mentioned include providing meeting spaces and organizing youth basketball leagues at the school. The bottom line is that the school strongly wants to be partner and be a part of the community at large. Lots of photos after the jump.

Fantastic Gym


Colorful classrooms


Nicely designed


Nice Big Windows in the Lobby


They Have A Cool Spiral Staircase


Colorful Lobby


And a Beautiful View to Boot


12 Comment

  • I don’t see any more photos. What a tease.

  • So now you put them up.

    Those are pretty sweet. Thanks for the report.

  • Sounds like they will be a good neighbor. I hope a candy store will open between the school and the Petworth metro, if some kids are going to be taking the metro to school!

  • Hope the increased foot traffic etc. will help to transform that corner more widely.

    So, is the school really good (I mean really and not just “compared to most DC schools its good”) or just ok?

  • Good luck keeping the flyers out of the kids’ hands. I pick them off my windshield when I come back from the Looking Glass Lounge.

  • I have some family that go there (well, EL Haynes in the current building) and it’s pretty good for a DC charter.

  • The flyers come from another strip club up the street who market to “The House’s” customers. It will be interesting to see how that is dealt with. It’s kind of funny how we’re so concerned with what the children will be exposed to when sex is used to market just about everything in society.

    Personally, I’m glad for the presence of the school It’s bound to transform most things for the better.

  • E-Girl: You obviously haven’t seen the flyers for the likes of “Sally Superbooty and her Amazing Ping-Pong Tricks” which are not only unfit for children, but also anyone with a gag response. My poor eyes were burning for days. Even David Lynch, high on PCP and set loose with an unlimited supply of midgets, couldn’t put together something as profoundly disturbing.

    I’m willing to admit I purchased many vile malt-liquor flavored concoctions, tear-inducing colognes, and probably a few cars, due to blondes with low-cut blouses appearing in the advertisements, but I can’t, for the life of me, think of any useful product these particular images could be related to… other than maybe penicillin.

  • Am I the only one who thinks this building is fugly?

  • Very true Oden… these flyers are on the far edge of the spectrum of bad taste. I live around the corner so I have been exposed. BTW, the pretty blonde in the low cut blouse isn’t really what I was referring to. I was thinking more along the lines of the big ass bouncing up and down in the club or alongside an expensive car in a music video…oh wait…that’s probably Sally Superbooty, too.

  • Anon 12.55: “it

  • It’s supposedly one of the consisently best performing charter schools in the city. But I’d have to agree, it’s not the prettiest of school buildings.

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