New School Construction
Construction Begins on Atlanta School with Health Clinic, YMCA
- By Yvonne Marquez
- September 11th, 2019
School officials broke ground on a new Atlanta elementary school that will include an on-site health clinic and YMCA Early Learning Center. The $51 million project is slated to open in 2020.
Atlanta Public Schools and the Grove Park Foundation both provided funding for the new Woodson Park Academy. Earlier in the summer, charter school network KIPP Metro Atlanta took over daily operations and staffing of the new academy after APS signed a contract with them.
The new school was created after APS closed Woodson Elementary and merged it with Grove Park Intermediate to create a Pre-K through 8th grade program at Woodson Park Academy.
“The goal of the revitalized campus is to give families comprehensive support with proven partners. Students will have access to early childhood programming, a YMCA, a health clinic, and more. APS is committed to graduating students ready for college and career and realizes in addition to a high-quality education, our work also includes helping families break the cycle of poverty,” the district said in a statement, reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Students currently attend school in a nearby building but are scheduled to move into the new facility next year.
Yvonne Marquez is senior editor of School Planning & Management magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.