Groundbreaking for Eagle Academy's Eagle Center

4/30/2012, 4:06 p.m.

Districts's First Integrated Community Services, LEED Certified School

The District's first early childhood public charter school, Eagle Academy Public Charter School, has announced the launch of its new integrated community service school, The Eagle Center. The announcement was made Monday during a ground breaking ceremony held at the new facility in Ward 8 at 3400 Wheeler Road, Southeast.

Participants in the ceremony included Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry, ANC Commissioner Melvin Sims, and Eagle Academy's Founder and Executive Director Cassandra Pinkney.

"The Eagle Center will be the first public school in DC to which many other urban school districts would come to see how to turn around an underserved community," said Pinkney."The establishment of this unique, first-of-its-kind model program of a full service community school will provide a framework for structuring similar programs across the country."

Eagle Academy Public Charter School, established in 2003, is a high-performing community school providing an innovative academic program to young children, from PreK-3 through Grade 3, free of charge.

In 2011, the city awarded Eagle Academy a 67,000 square feet school in Ward 8 - the former McGogney Elementary School - to develop The Eagle Center.

Based on Eagle Academy Public Charter School's eight years of experience serving children and families from Ward 8 (72% of students), and conversations with Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and consultations with District officials, the charter school decided two years ago to move its high-performing school to Ward 8.

The project will cost $20 million dollars with primary financing for the project from BB&T Bank.

"BB&T is proud to have provided financing for this innovative school as part of the bank's mission of making the communities in which we work better places to be. We value quality education and the impact it can have on communities," stated Dan Waetjan, BB&T Metro D.C. region president.