After a 2 year public review process, Arlington County has approved a permit request from Arlington Public Schools for the renovation and expansion of Stratford School.
The original school building, which currently houses both the HD Woodland Secondary Program and Stratford Program, is expected to receive a 40,000 sf addition, expanding their student capacity to 1000.
In response to its historical, architectural, and the socially progressive value it brings to the community, Stratford School was recently named a historic site. Stratford played a major role in the desegregation of schools by being the first in the state of Virginia to admit four African American students into their program after the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
“Approving Stratford as an historic site was one of the most important votes that the School Board has taken, and acknowledges the courageous students who were the first to integrate schools in Virginia. The community is very proud of this school and its legacy, and shares the School Board’s dedication to providing all our children with an excellent education.”
Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez
APS Board Chair
About the Project
This project seeks to adapt the School into a state of the art, 21st century institution that best serves the teaching methods of the programs it houses. The design, championed by Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC, re-centers the school grounds around a new student commons and community use spaces, promoting informal learning through social interactions and the values of respect and diversity for all cultures.
The renovated school grounds will house a new arts and technology suite, life skills suite, media center, auxiliary gymnasium, and several science classrooms. The design also looks to implement sustainable features that include a high performing façade, green roofs and a photovoltaic array.
This was all achieved by implementing rigorous community engagement throughout the design process, which included a series of public meetings and School Board work sessions.
“Following the lead of Reeves Berket, the architect for the original school building, the design for the renovation and addition to Stratford Middle School seeks to provide an optimal environment for progressive education.”
Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal, Quinn Evans Architects
AIA National 2018 President Elect