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District of Columbia Public Schools

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Project Description

Moody Nolan, as Associate Architect to Perkins Eastman, teamed to modernized the former Shaw Junior High School to now house Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. The high school houses grade 9 through grade 12 and is one of DCPS’ International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program sites. With the modernization of the former junior high school, the school can now accommodate an enrollment of 800 students by 2025.

Project Stats


Washington, DC

Year of Completion



175,000 sq. ft.

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Design Features

The project is targeting to be the first high school in the District of Columbia to be Net Zero Energy certified. In addition, the team is tracked a potential WELL Building certification, as well as a minimum LEED for Schools v4 Gold Certification. The school was designed as a series of interconnected places for learning, discovery and engagement. Programs are laid out in a way that enhance communication and community and activates interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning. Centered on the learning commons, the academic wing fosters both strong discipline-based as well as interdisciplinary activities. The gym and cafeteria are organized for active community use.