Construction started this spring for the Stevens School, slated to open School Year 2020-2021. The design team, OTJ Architects, and the exterior contractor, Stevens School LLC (Akridge), have been collaborating with DGS and DCPS to continue to move the project forward. The contractor that will perform the interior work will be selected by the end of summer and introduced to the Stevens SIT this fall when meetings resume. The DCPS Facilities Team publicly posts project updates and meeting materials here: https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/dcps-school-modernizations/home/thaddeus-stevens
The current Stevens School Improvement Team (SIT) is comprised of community members, Head Start Council members/parents, and representation from DCPS ECE, Division of Specialized Instruction, and Strategic School Planning Teams. As the project continues to develop, we aim to add more prospective parents to the SIT.
For any modernization questions, please contact the Facilities POC: Tania.Shand@k12.dc.gov or (202) 306 – 9449.
For the final Stevens CWG meeting, DCPS hosted two calls to share an update on the Thaddeus Stevens building, engage the community on opportunities for connections within the area, and discuss the planning process moving forward. With a citywide approach, DCPS will continue planning towards goals of increasing access to quality ECE seats, while also focusing on new opportunities to expand citywide capture and build a diverse school community.
View the full presentation here
Here are some key components of this Thaddeus Stevens project:
- Stevens ECE Center will include DCPS pre-kindergarten programming and 0-3 infant and toddler programming through partnership.
- The DCPS ECE program will be open to applicants citywide and will not have a boundary.
- Opportunity to utilize intentional design and enrollment approach to build SES and ability-diverse school community.
- We are tracking towards an August 2020 opening date.
We will continue to blog updates here and you can also follow along on the DCPS Facilities Modernization site, on the Thaddeus Stevens tab.
At our first Stevens School Community Working Group meeting, ANC 2A’s Florence Harmon shared the below past articles. Check them out to learn more about Stevens’ rich history and presence in DC:
Background on Stevens School Building
Stevens School is a historic building constructed in 1868. It closed after 2007-08 School Year and consolidated with Francis Junior High to make Francis-Stevens EC. Then in 2014-15, Francis-Stevens EC merged leadership with School Without Walls HS
to become school Without Walls at Francis-Stevens EC.
Below are letters written by community members during the time of Stevens’ school closure (also shared by Florence Harmon):
Lastly, this is the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s current page on Stevens School with more background resources.
At the first Stevens School Community Working Group (CWG), we enjoyed discussing School Without Walls’ campuses, the facilities background and historical context of Stevens School, and enrollment data for SWWFS and SWW HS. Our Stevens School CWG dove into the proposal for Stevens School and down the line will also cover details of the expansion model, naming and branding of the schools, recruitment and enrollment for the campuses, and more.
More project specific information, including our presentation from the CWG meeting, can be found on the Thaddeus Stevens tab on the Facilities modernization website. Our next meeting is slated for early January 2018.
We are excited to work with the newly formed Stevens School Community Working Group (CWG). This group consists of Principal Trogisch of School Without Walls HS and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, AP Young of SWW@FS, Mr. Klawender (teacher of SWW HS), Florence Harmon (ANC, 2A06), and parents of both schools. Below is the full list of members:
Meeting notes and final presentation materials from all Stevens School CWG meetings will be posted on this DCPS Planning Blog. The first meeting will be held in November 2017.
In August 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced a multi-agency plan to reopen the historic Thaddeus Stevens School as an infant and toddler child development center and an expansion of School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens. DCPS will be convening a Community Working Group of parents, staff, and leaders from the School Without Walls HS and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens community to inform the planning for the expansion of Francis-Stevens into the Stevens school. Notes, materials, and other updates will be posted here – please stay tuned!