Ever since opening our first High School’s doors in 1970, we have dreamed of an opportunity to reunite both of our campuses in one location. The school has always explored every option to achieve that goal. A primary goal from the recent property acquisitions is to allow GDS to have a permanent one-campus PK–12 school in Tenleytown. By fall 2020, we hope to have all of our community on one campus—to the benefit of all.
What Won't Change for GDS Students
The primary focus of the school now and in the coming years will be providing the best education for our kids, remaining committed to our mission, and reaching the goals laid out in the strategic plan for the school’s continued growth.
At the same time, the Board will be working with Russell to ensure the future growth and health of the school and all students will benefit from the creation of that legacy.
The day-to-day experience of our students continues to be our highest priority. Work on property development around the HS will not be a detriment to the maintenance and improvement of the LMS campus. Scheduled maintenance at the LMS will continue as planned, and renovations will continue as needed. Our commitment to improving our existing spaces will continue for as long as we are on MacArthur Boulevard.
While we are building a unified campus that will bring all of our divisions together, we are also continually focused on ensuring separate and safe identities for each division. Our high school students will still enjoy an “open campus,” while our middle and lower school students will not. The new campus will allow each division to have distinct learning spaces, and direct access to shared spaces like the gym, cafeteria, and art rooms. Our future home is being designed to avoid the situations that currently exist at the LMS, where our youngest children need to navigate through the lively halls filled with seventh and eighth graders to get to the gym. In the new building, separation of the divisions is key to the design, but creating spaces for coming together is also essential. What we gain in the future is the ability to be intentional about when our littlest students interact with our older students.
With the closure of Safeway, construction across from the HS was inevitable. With GDS in control of the construction, GDS can ensure minimal impact for our students, faculty, and parents at the HS. No construction is being pursued within the HS facility.