Newspaper article about schools in the city of Upper Arlington

A new, state-of-the-art Upper Arlington High School and five new or renovated elementary schools welcomed thousands and thousands of students, alumni, families, staff and the community during the month of August to mark the completion of the first phase of the facilities master plan – on time and on budget.

“These new buildings reflect Upper Arlington’s long-standing commitment to educational excellence,” said Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Ed.D. “By encouraging collaboration and innovation, these new flexible learning spaces will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills they need to be successful in their future.”

Just days before these new spaces welcome students and staff for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, the Upper Arlington schools community gathered for a grand opening celebration on August 15. at the new Upper Arlington High School.

Here’s a quick look at the new Upper Arlington High School and elementary projects.

Upper Arlington’s new high school

The new Upper Arlington High School opened for students for the 2021-2022 start on August 18 after more than two years of construction, starting in the spring of 2019. The new building is located at the northwest end of the site. , at 1625, chemin Zollinger at the corner of chemin Brandon and chemin Zollinger.

Upper Arlington’s new high school includes:

  • Approximately 400,000 square feet of learning space – over 100,000 square feet more than the old building, providing additional space for enrollment growth

  • Three-story university building – flexible learning studios for core subjects, dedicated and up-to-date science labs, multiple collaborative ‘common’ areas and 8,000 square feet of mezzanine space

  • Grand boulevard of the Golden Bear – a large multi-purpose space that serves as the heart of the building, connecting academics, the arts and athletics

  • Expansion of artistic and sports facilities – a new performing arts center, a black box theater, a natatorium, a university gymnasium and a multipurpose gymnasium with three fields, and a renovated stadium

  • Additional off-site sports facilities – a new grass field and baseball and softball fields for high school teams and community use on the district owned land behind Tremont Elementary School

  • New secure main entrance – accessible from the corner of Brandon and Zollinger roads with adjacent parking

  • New building systems – all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems

Work continues on the site to demolish the old Upper Arlington High School building, continue research on the Pleasant Litchford Cemetery site and develop the remainder of the high school site. The demolition is done with great care, especially in the area developed on the site of the Pleasant Litchford family cemetery. Archaeologists visited the site to conduct additional research during the demolition process.

New or renovated primary schools

It has been two exciting years for our primary schools! Construction was completed in August 2020 on the new and various learning spaces in the Barrington Elementary School Addition, the New Greensview Elementary School, the Tremont Elementary School Renovation and Addition Project and the new Wickliffe progressive primary school. Construction continued throughout the 2020-2021 school year to renovate the original parts of the Barrington Building and construct the new Windermere Primary School – both of which opened to students in August 2021. The Grand Opening celebrates the completion of all of these projects – on budget and on time.

All new and renovated primary schools include:

  • A much needed increase in educational space – approximately 100,000 square feet in the five projects

  • Learning quarters with flexible classroom spaces, small groups and common areas

  • Updated and centralized media centers – learning spaces at the heart of each school

  • All new building systems – mechanics, electricity and plumbing

  • Security enhancements such as secure entries and other updates