Tuesday, January 09, 2007

British School of Washington to move

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The British School of Washington (BSW) announced today that it has finalized negotiations on a 75,000 sq. ft. lease at 2001 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The new building, conveniently located in upper Georgetown, will allow for expansion of the school. BSW, which has outgrown its current facilities on 16th Street, NW, is expected to move to its new location in January 2008. The building will be completely refurbished to provide state-of-the-art educational and administrative facilities along with adequate parking.

BSW, a private school featuring British-style education leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) program, has been growing rapidly since it opened its doors in Washington, DC in 1998. With teachers recruited directly from the UK, BSW has evolved from a school designed primarily to meet the needs of British citizens living in the United States to a unique learning experience for children from a wide variety of nationalities. The school's 285 students are aged 3 to 18 and it will graduate its third IB class this year.

"We're delighted that our long search for the right building and location is finally over," said Head of School Jenny Arwas. "The move will enable us to build on our beginnings and deliver our unique learning philosophy to even more of Washington's children."

For the past several years, the School considered a variety of locations and opportunities but none offered the convenient location and facilities provided by the new Georgetown facility.

"Commercial space throughout DC is at a premium making it next to impossible for schools to find campus settings. So, fresh and creative approaches are required. Although it is unusual for school deals to be done in office buildings, this location, just blocks from Georgetown University, offers a fresh and innovative solution. The building provides the right environment for BSW to continue to grow and develop its high-quality educational program," said CB Richard Ellis' Tina Weaver, who worked with BSW on the new building.

Georgetown University recently sold and leased back more than 200,000 sq. ft. in two separate buildings at this location. It only needed one of the buildings, providing the opportunity for the BSW. Plans call for the new school to accommodate nearly 600 students, with a maximum class size of 20.

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