Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/12/2020 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: High School Center II - Schematic Design
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 5
We will optimize resources.
Policy: FEA - Facility Design
Enclosure: Quinn Evans - HS Center II Schematic Design Presentation
File Attachment:
Summary: Student capacity issues at both Albemarle High School and Western Albemarle High School have necessitated the need for additional instructional space. With that in mind Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) completed a high school facilities planning study. This study coincided with the adoption of Virginia’s Profile of a Graduate that gave new guidance to school divisions on desired student outcomes. Ultimately, ACPS studied our high schools as a 4,000-student high school system versus three distinct and separate comprehensive high schools recognizing that all students should have the opportunity to participate in any academic program offered in the county. Based on this, the recommendation at the conclusion of the process was to use a “village” or "center" model to alleviate capacity issues, and to modernize existing high school spaces.

High School Center II is a 60,000 square foot facility with a 400 student per day capacity that is a resource for the entire Division. It is strategically geographically-located to provide access to interdisciplinary, project-based, specialized programming. It will also serve as an interface between the school, community and professional organizations that provide out-of-building authentic learning experiences such as internships, and other work and community-based opportunities. Transportation to High School Center II is provided by the Division from all three feeder patterns to ensure equity of opportunity to every student. It is a facility that is an extension of the modernization projects at each base high school in that it will house a variety of learning spaces and technical resources. The current goal is to open Center II in Spring 2023.
Funding: Design funding for the High School Center II was approved in FY19/20. However, funding for construction has not yet been appropriated.
Recommendation: Approve the schematic design for High School Center II and authorization to proceed to the Design Development phase.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Lindsay Snoddy - Deputy Director of Building Services
Signed By:
Joe Letteri - Director, Building Services
Signed By:
Rosalyn Schmitt - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Matthew Haas - Superintendent