Final Eliot-Hine Modernization Meeting of the School Year!

Join DCPS Facilities Team as they present the latest on Eliot-Hine’s modernization project.  They will cover design developments, summer construction plans, and project timeline. This is the final modernization meeting for this school year.

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Next Eliot-Hine School Improvement Team Meeting, 5/23: Schematic Designs & Feedback Survey!

Check out the presentation from Eliot-Hine’s 5/15/2018 School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting. It includes details on the project schedule (see below), design process, summer plans, and schematic designs. The presentation is also full of draft mock renderings! Eliot-Hine MS community members can provide feedback via this survey

Survey responses will be used to guide the next meeting: “Schematic Design – Feedback Review” SIT meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd- 4:30 PM. Full modernization project details for Eliot-Hine are on this Facilities modernization page.

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Seeking Eliot-Hine Feeder Schools’ Input!

Put forth by the Eliot-Hine School Improvement Team, we are currently seeking feedback from all our feeder school families to learn more about your preferences in a middle school option. Feedback from this survey will support our planning process for the upcoming $87.7 million Eliot-Hine modernization.

So far this is the breakdown of our 171 survey responses. To ensure we have feedback from all feeder schools and your voice is heard, take the very brief survey and circulate with your school’s network. We have extended the deadline to complete the survey to Friday, February 10, 2017.


Thank you for you input and help in building our neighborhood middle school and community!

Eliot-Hine Middle School Modernization Project & Survey for Families


Project Overview: The existing Eliot-Hine Middle School was built in 1931. The school is scheduled for comprehensive modernization with construction to begin in winter of 2018. Planning started last year in 2016 with the development of an educational specification and community engagement meetings. Additionally, a feasibility study is expected to roll out early 2017. The Department of General Services (DGS), DC Public Schools (DCPS), and the architect is working with the School Improvement Team (SIT) comprised of school staff, current and feeder parents, and members of the community to develop concepts for the school based on program, student, teacher and community needs. The building will meet or exceed sustainability guidelines for LEED Gold and be an asset to the neighborhood.

  • Location: 1830 Constitution Ave., NE
  • Ward: 6
  • Overall Project Budget: $87.7 million
  • Architects: TBD
  • Project Manager: Stephen Kitterman
  • DCPS Contact:  Josh Tuch (

To help gather feedback to inform our planning, we have created two short surveys. We encourage fill out your respective survey by Friday, January 29, 2017 and share with your network.

Lastly, our next SIT meeting will be late January/early February. We are looking for more feeder parent representation so any feeder parents interested in joining our SIT can fill out this SIT interest form. All resources from these SIT meetings are available on the Eliot-Hine modernization website here.

Next blog post: Q & A with parents of current 7th and 8th graders


2017 Eliot-Hine MS Open House Dates & Opportunities to Provide Input

We hope everyone had a restful winter break! To kick off second semester, we wanted to share photos highlighting events from last semester and opportunities for you to learn more about Eliot-Hine MS. It has been so exciting to see their relationship with feeder schools grow and witness Eliot-Hine MS embrace the International Baccalaureate framework! Come visit while the lottery is open to see classes in action and learn directly from Principal Vargas and her staff.

Open House Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 26: 9:30 AM and 6 PM
  • Wednesday, February 15: 9:30 AM

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Our next blog post will feature details on Eliot-Hine’s upcoming $87.7 million modernization. Are you a feeder or current Eliot-Hine parent and looking to provide input in this planning process? If so, we encourage you to join the Eliot-Hine School Improvement Team (SIT). We meet every 6-8 weeks and discuss academic, programmatic, and facilites’ related planning and needs. Complete this very short form here!

Eliot-Hine Middle School


We are excited to add Eliot-Hine Middle School, located in Ward 6, to our DCPS Planning Blog! Come along with us as we map out the upcoming modernization for Eliot-Hine and provide updates from the School Improvement Team meetings.We will also feature Eliot-Hine events and school staff, showcase the IB Middle Years Programme, and share more about their feeder schools (Maury ES, Miner ES, Payne ES, and School-Within-School@Goding). Additionally, this letter was sent to the Eliot-Hine feeder schools and staff to provide the community with both programmatic and modernization updates.

The next Eliot-Hine Open House is Tuesday, December 13th at 9:30 AM. We hope you will join us as we hear from Principal Vargas, current students, and visit classes in action. The full calendar of events includes more opportunities for you to visit Eliot-Hine and below are all the December events.

December 2016 Events: 

  • HS Fair: December 1st at 10:30 AM
  • Open House: December 13th at 9:30 AM
  • PTO Meeting: December 14th at 6 PM
  • Winter Showcase: December 15th at 6 PM

December Basketball Schedule: 

  • December 6th- Eliot-Hine vs. Stuart Hobson (Home game): 4:45 girls, 6:00 PM boys
  • December 8th- Eliot-Hine vs. Francis Stevens (Away game): 4:45 boys
  • December 13th- Eliot-Hine vs. Kramer (Away game): 4:45 girls, 6:00 PM boys
  • December 15th- Eliot-Hine vs. Oyster Adams (Away game): 4:45 girls

Coolidge Community Working Group Notes

It’s been a while since our last Coolidge update. We’re excited about this one because it’s the first of many more over the coming months and years as we begin the school’s modernization process. The Coolidge Working Group officially kicked off this week with its first meeting on Tuesday, May 10th. Notes are here, recap below.

The Coolidge Community Working Group is unique because it combines responsibilities typically associated with a Community Cabinet (school programming) with those typically associated with a School Improvement Team (building modernization). Because both processes are starting at the same time, members have an opportunity to give input on both the modernized school building and some of the elements that go inside of it.

At Tuesday’s meeting we asked the group to begin thinking about how we should gather feedback about the school from the larger network of prospective parents and community members. It was a rich discussion among our stakeholders and an energizing start to the project for all of us at DCPS. Coolidge buzz is growing!