Arlington High School has received many top honors for its educational program. However, the facilities limit the ability to deliver a 21st century education:
- Current building cannot accommodate anticipated enrollment
- >30% of classrooms are inadequate, including science labs
- School received ‘Warning’ accreditation status from NEASC
- Building infrastructure has a critical need for modernization
The community and educational dialogue we have during the Feasibility Study will inform the vision and architectural features of the new/renovated building.
The Arlington High School Building Project encompasses all aspects of the planning and renovation/construction of the High School, including selection of the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), designer and contractor, as well as oversight of the project.
The Town of Arlington has been invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for the renovation/construction of Arlington High School. Acceptance to the MSBA program does not guarantee state funding. The MSBA approval process must be completed successfully for the state, via the MSBA, to provide significant financial assistance to the project. Local funding must also be assured through passage of a debt exclusion.
The original building (now Fusco House) was built in 1914. Major additions were last done in 1960 and 1981. There has never been a major, top-down whole school renovation. At this point, many crucial systems and building components are at or beyond their expected service life.
In addition, in 2013, NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) placed the High School on ‘Warning‘ status for school accreditation, citing inadequate classrooms, science labs, and technology infrastructure, which affect the overall learning environment for the students.