MacArthur Community Working Group Meeting #3

On Monday, August 8, 2022, DCPS hosted a virtual Community Working Group (CWG) meeting for MacArthur High School. Results from the community survey and student survey were shared in the meeting which provided insights about programming preferences and school name options for MacArthur HS. The presentation deck and meeting recording are now available.

The next CWG meeting will be held on September 8, 2022. For questions regarding planning for MacArthur HS, please email our team at dcps.planning@k12.dc.gov.

Participate in the MacArthur High School Community Survey!

DC Public Schools is interested in hearing from you! Please participate in the MacArthur HS community survey for DCPS’s new school, MacArthur High School.  The survey is available in English (https://bit.ly/MacArthur-EN ) and Spanish (https://bit.ly/MacArthur-SP).   

Update: Survey deadline extended to July 31 at 11:59pm.  Please reach out to dcps.planning@k12.dc.gov with any questions.  

MacArthur High School is a comprehensive, neighborhood high school in Ward 3 and will open in August 2023. The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback on programming and gather nominations for a final school name. Before completing this survey, we encourage you to review the content shared in meetings of the ongoing MacArthur Community Working Group available on the DCPS School Planning blog, https://dcpsplanning.wordpress.com.   

MacArthur Community Working Group Meeting #2

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, DCPS hosted a virtual Community Working Group (CWG) meeting for MacArthur High School. The group completed a school visioning activity, learned about the elements of a comprehensive DCPS High School, and heard from DCPS content experts about specialized curriculum available for Macarthur HS. The presentation deck (Spanish version), school visioning responses, and meeting recording are now available.

The next CWG meeting will be held on August 4, 2022. For questions regarding planning for MacArthur HS, please email our team at dcps.planning@k12.dc.gov

MacArthur Traffic Meeting – Recap

On Tuesday, June 21 2022, DCPS hosted a virtual meeting to address traffic concerns related to the opening of MacArthur Boulevard HS and Foxhall ES. Results from an initial traffic study of the surrounding intersections were shared with the public, and DCPS was joined by DDOT and WMATA representatives as they discussed existing public transportation options and cycling infrastructure. A primary goal of the meeting was to solicit community feedback to inform next steps; a document detailing that feedback can be found here (Spanish version). A recording of the meeting can be found here, and the slides presented can be found here (Spanish version)

Please contact Diana Halbstein with questions about the traffic meeting. Diana.Halbstein@k12.dc.gov

Save the Date: MacArthur High School Traffic Meeting

Join DCPS on June 21, 2022 at 6 pm for a virtual community meeting about MacArthur HS focused on traffic. This meeting will review findings of the recently concluded traffic study and other transportation implications associated with the opening of MacArthur HS. This meeting is open to the public.

MacArthur Community Working Group Meeting #1 – Recap

On Thursday, June 2, 2022, DCPS hosted a virtual Community Working Group (CWG) meeting for MacArthur High School, the first in a series of meetings about planning and engagement for the new school. The group engaged in conversation that included the roles and responsibilities of CWG members, the announced phase-in policies for MacArthur HS, and design and construction plans. A recording of the meeting can be found here.

Update (June 7, 2022): Please access presentation slides here (Spanish version).

The next CWG meeting will be held on June 23. For questions regarding planning for MacArthur HS, please email our team at dcps.planning@k12.dc.gov

MacArthur High School Information Session: Materials and FAQ

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, DCPS hosted a virtual information session on MacArthur High School to provide context on past engagement, review key project information, and preview upcoming engagement. More than 200 individuals attended and asked questions on topics including academics, extracurricular activities, enrollment, and traffic. Following the meeting, DCPS developed an FAQ document to respond to the most common questions. The recording and slides presented at the meeting (Spanish version), as well as the FAQ document can be found in this folder.

For questions regarding planning for MacArthur HS, please email our team at dcps.planning@k12.dc.gov

Update (June 7, 2022): The recording for the MacArthur Information Session is now available.

Save the Date: MacArthur High School Information Session

Join DCPS on May 11, 2022 for a virtual information session about our new school on MacArthur Blvd!

MacArthur High School (temporary name) will open in August 2023 at 4530 MacArthur Blvd NW. During the meeting, DCPS will provide an overview of the project, outline upcoming planning and engagement efforts, and answer frequently asked questions. We hope to see you there!

Foxhall and MacArthur Decision Announcement

DCPS submitted the final recommendations from the Community Working Group (CWG) for the Foxhall and MacArthur schools in the summer of 2021. We are pleased to announce final decisions from city leadership regarding both buildings, informed by the CWG feedback and recommendations:  

  • MacArthur will be a high school serving the Hardy Middle School feeder pattern, with a set of seats reserved via the Equitable Access program for students furthest from opportunity. (The Equitable Access program allows schools to reserve seats for students who meet OSSE’s “at-risk of academic failure” criteria, which includes students who receive SNAP/TANF, are experiencing homelessness, are part of the foster care system, or are overage for their grade.)
  • Foxhall will be an elementary school serving PK4-5th grade. This will require drawing a new boundary that re-assigns portions of the Key, Mann and Stoddert boundaries, and setting “phase-in” policies for affected schools.

The planned opening of Foxhall will be delayed by one year until at least SY25-26, given procurement and construction timelines. MacArthur is currently planned to open in SY23-24 (as announced in September 2021). We will continue to keep the community informed as there are additional updates.

The final document and supplemental materials are located here.  For questions regarding the Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group (CWG), please email our team at DCPS.Planning@k12.dc.gov.   

Foxhall and MacArthur Status Update and Next Steps

DCPS submitted the final recommendations from the Community Working Group for the Foxhall and MacArthur schools over the summer.  DCPS and City leadership continue to weigh the recommendations and discuss all options, and no final decision has been made. 

This continued deliberation will primarily impact the proposed SY22-23 MacArthur opening. MacArthur will now open no earlier than SY23-24. This adjustment will ensure that we have time for a robust engagement and planning process for a successful school opening, while providing significant advance notice to impacted families. Foxhall is currently planned to open in SY24-25. We will continue to keep the community informed as there are additional updates on the final decisions and opening timelines for either school.   

The final document and supplemental materials are located here.   

For questions regarding the Foxhall and MacArthur School Planning Community Working Group, please email our team at DCPS.Planning@k12.dc.gov.