When it opens to the public in August, the 395,000-square-foot Upper Arlington High School will include three floors of academic space, added natural lighting and collaboration space as well as larger and more diverse accommodations for arts and athletics programs.
After six years of planning and construction, the new school building, 1625 Zollinger Road, is scheduled to be showcased to the public during an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. Aug. 15, followed by an open house until 4 p.m.
The new high school, as well as the district’s five elementary buildings, were rebuilt and renovated courtesy of a 5.17-mill bond passed by voters in November 2017 that will generate $230 over 38 years.
The new building is 100,000 square feet larger than the previous building, which was built in 1956 and is being demolished through June.
On average, classrooms are 100 square feet bigger and many will have overhead garage doors to allow teachers to open their rooms to main hallways for “flexible learning” and collaboration between classes.
“Throughout the design phase, we discussed having buildings that were meant to prepare students for their futures, not for our past,” said Andy Hatton, the district’s associate superintendent of learning and leadership. “Universities and employers are looking for a lot more than test scores. They want to see strong collaborative skills as well as strength in the areas of problem solving and communication.
“Connections like these with peers…