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Fairmont Heights High School, A Sustainable School As Teaching Tool

Landover, Maryland


Prince George's County Public Schools


193,200 sf, 963 students




New Construction

From its inception in 1950 until 1972 with the abolition of segregation, the original Fairmont Heights Junior — Senior High School was one of two dedicated to serving black students in Prince George's County. Throughout its history the school has played a central role in the surrounding community and was distinguished by its supportive partnerships and academic success. The site has been recognized for its distinguished history and in 2010 was designated a Prince George's County History Site.

Through a series of careful and detailed studies, it was determined that the existing building could not support the renovation required to create a thriving modern high school, and a new site was purchased for this future Fairmont Heights High School era.

By implementing a careful and thoughtful process, ensuring broad and inclusive communication, and an ongoing and vital partnership with the community and Fairmont Heights High School alumni, the new building has engendered the same sense of community pride and connectivity as its predecessor.

Pathway To Success

The school’s abundant programs are organized around a central spine, analogous to the unity of this community of learners and the priority this program places on connection to the global community.

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A Sustainable Future

Students, staff, and visitors interact with the school's sustainable features through a touchscreen Energy Dashboard.  This LEED Gold school boasts rainwater harvesting with an underground cistern, geothermal wells, a planted vegetated roof, pervious paving, rain gardens, and bioswales around the site.

Closing Thoughts

Replacing a historic structure with a modern school to empower students to exhibit PRIDE everyday.