Welcome to the Arlington High School Building Project

Project Status: 4/29/19

Town Meeting voted overwhelming support (95%) to appropriate funds for the project. View the presentation. The town-wide debt exclusion vote is on June 11.

The MSBA approved Arlington’s Schematic Design and is anticipated to reimburse $86M towards the project.


Why we need a new high school
  • Enrollment – school now nearly at capacity and still growing
  • School on accreditation warning due to poor facility
  • Deteriorating building no longer meets educational standards

The new school is designed for 1,755 students. The selected design concept was chosen as the best combination of cost-effectiveness, educational design, and construction timeline.

Site plan of the proposed new school

With construction beginning as early as July 2020, the first building could open to students in early 2022, and the school fully constructed in 2024.

The project is currently at the end of the Schematic Design phase. Arlington is partnering with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to receive state funding for a significant portion of the project.  The MSBA approved our design and budget on April 10th. The project now requires approval from Arlington residents before it can move forward.  A town-wide debt exclusion vote will be held on June 11.

Download our project overview.

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