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E.L. Haynes Public Charter School Opens New High School in Petworth

by Prince Of Petworth — March 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm 15 Comments

Photo via EL Haynes

From a press release:

On Thursday, March 7, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School celebrates a tremendous milestone for our city: The Grand Opening of E.L. Haynes High School. Taking place at the newly-completed campus located at 4501 Kansas Avenue, NW, the event includes welcoming remarks from DC Mayor Vincent Gray, words from Councilmember Muriel Bowser, the perspectives of one of our E.L. Haynes High School students, and a keynote address from Maria Gomez, Founder and President of Mary’s Center and a recent winner of the Presidential Citizen’s Medal.

Washington, DC faces an education crisis. In our city, fewer than half of high school students graduate within five years. Fewer than one third of our students attend college within 18 months of graduation, and fewer than ten percent graduate from college within five years. E.L. Haynes High School presents an exciting opportunity to change this trajectory and create a brighter educational future for our students.

Founded in 2004 and designated a Tier One High-Performing School by the DC Public Charter School Board, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School currently serves 950 students from grades pre-school through ten and is recognized locally and nationally for advancing student achievement.

E.L. Haynes High School fulfills the school’s college preparation promise and meets a critical need for Washington, DC – a non-selective public high school designed so that every student will successfully complete a rigorous program that is typically provided to an elite few in the US. The 33,000-square-foot addition adjoins 12,000 existing square feet of space, enabling E.L. Haynes High School to grow to serve 400 students. The facility includes science labs, a high school regulation size gymnasium, specialized spaces for the arts, a technology lab for video game design and programming courses, and an indoor/outdoor cafeteria.

The project team included architects Shinberg Levinas and general contractor Forrester Construction. Grants from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB), and support from The Campaign for E.L. Haynes Public Charter School funded the project.

Photo via EL Haynes

  • Anonymous

    I so much want to throw a fundraiser on their big field. I’ll bring in bouncy house, petting zoo, and a band stage! Get some vendor trucks and we’ll be cooking with gas. Let’s do it!

    • Julie

      Hi, Anonymous! As the head of fundraising for E.L. Haynes, I’d love to hear more about your fundraising idea and am grateful for your enthusiasm! If you are interested in talking further, you can reach me by phone at the school’s Georgia Avenue Campus.

      Julie Green
      Chief Marketing and Development Officer
      E.L. Haynes

  • Ward 4

    Congratulations to EL Haynes! Great school with extrodinary support (leaders, teachers, staff, parents, students)!

  • Anonymous

    Those statistics are appalling. Fewer than half of DC high school students graduate within 5 years? That’s inexcusable.

    • Anon

      Uh oh. We have a newbie!

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps a newbie, but that is the correct response when one first receives that particular information.

      • Anonymous

        OP here. Not a newbie. Been here 15 yrs. Have little kids at a charter school. Maybe I’ve seen that stat before. It just continues to surprise me. Definitely explains the kids in their late teens just millin’ around.

    • jcm

      I don’t think that’s accurate, actually. OSSE says 61% graduated on time last year. Which is still atrocious, of course, but it’s better than E.L. Haynes is claiming. Maybe they are using a different method of counting? OSSE uses the federally-mandated Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate.

    • Confused

      Who’s being excused? Who are we appalled at?!? WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?!?

  • I live a few blocks north. Don’t even have kids yet, but already praying that we can get them accepted here. The idea that I can get my kids into an awesome school once, and not have to worry about it ever again? Priceless.

  • So what is the building on Georgia Ave? Is that just middle school? Didn’t the elementary move up to Kansas Ave as well?

    • michael k. wilkinson

      Kansas Avenue has pre-K to 3rd grade and the High School. Georgia Avenue has grades 4-8. The idea was to set up a mentorship/tutoring program between the high school kids and the little ones. The little ones would graduate to middle school on Georgia Avenue, then return to Kansas Avenue as high schoolers to take their turn at mentoring/tutoring.

  • Anonymous

    The addition looks nice in these pictures but the relationship of the new building to Kansas Avenue is pretty awful. It really deadens the streetscape. Plus, those clean white walls along that side will certainly attract taggers.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I pass it on Kansas pretty regularly and think how awful it looks.

  • Camilla Greene

    Congratulations to the EL Haynes Charter School community. I have had the honor of watching from afar your school community through determination, will, skill and courage journey from being a great school for children and their families to being a great school that intentionally provides emotional, social, and academic excellence for each child in your care. There are even greater successes on the horizon. Keep up the exemplar work. Show everyone that we do know how to educate to the nth degree our most valuable resources, our kids regardless of their race, gender, or economic status.


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