On Sept. 21, the District broke ground on the modernization and expansion of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School at the site of the former Shaw Junior High School. Banneker currently serves students from all eight wards of the District and the new location will allow DC Public Schools to expand access to Banneker to 300 additional students in a central location for students traveling from neighborhoods across the city. Originally built as a middle school, Banneker’s current facility does not have a high school-sized gym, up-to-date science labs or access to new technology. The $152 million project includes the demolition of the current building, more than 30 classrooms and specialty labs for science courses, lab spaces with the latest technology, resource rooms that include spaces for small group projects and instruction and gym and cafeteria spaces. The new Banneker Academic High School is expected to open in School Year 2021-2022 and serve 800 students by 2025.