Introduction

View the School’s presentation to the Board of Zoning Adjustment on March 1, 2016 and ANC 3F’s supporting resolution 

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The Sidwell Friends Board of Trustees has signed an agreement to purchase the property of The Washington Home on Upton Street, adjacent to the School’s Wisconsin Avenue campus. The purchase will allow Sidwell Friends to have all students and teachers, PK-12, on a single campus for the first time since 1963 when its Lower School moved to Bethesda. Plans for the new property are in development and are contingent upon zoning approval and philanthropic support. The School will be seeking input from its neighbors and from the School community as plans develop.

These pages share information on campus planning, and will be updated on an ongoing basis. A Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Head of School Bryan Garman and Board Clerk Margaret Plank, moderated by Cate Livingston Fernandez '76, was held on September 28. Watch the video here.

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Aerial view of Sidwell Friends and Washington Home campuses. 

My parents met at Friends 84 years ago when it was located on Eye Street, and as a student I played on athletic fields across Wisconsin Avenue. No matter the location, Sidwell Friends has remained grounded in Quaker values and high education standards. Unifying the campuses again will strengthen the School's ability to better serve students for generations to come.

Terry Eakin '62

 

Projected Timeline

  • September 2015: Board approves the final terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement with The Washington Home. 
  • February 23, 2015: Final ANC 3F meeting to gain endorsement for the purchase of The Washington Home.
  • March 1, 2016: DC Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing held for special exception application (for a school to be operated on the new property).
  • Summer 2016: BZA approval is given and written order is completed.
  • December 2016: Sidwell Friends takes ownership of The Washington Home property.
  • Spring 2017: Renovations and new construction begin. 
  • September 2019: Renovations are complete and Lower School opens on the DC campus.