Dear Two Rivers Families and Friends,
We are delighted to share some exciting news. Today Mayor Gray announced that the city has awarded Two Rivers the historic Charles E. Young School Building for the expansion of our school. The Mayor said that Two Rivers was an example "of the success of public charter schools in the District of Columbia, and I am excited to see them serve more students and continue to build on their success." We are thrilled and optimistic about this incredible opportunity!
Last year, more than 1800 students applied for fewer than 35 slots at Two Rivers, causing one local reporter to say that it is harder to get into Two Rivers than Harvard. The Board of Trustees, school leaders, and staff feel compelled to address this great demand, and expanding to the Young site will enable this.
Two Rivers participated in a competitive application process for the right to enter into a long-term lease at the historic Charles E. Young building, which is located at 820 26th Street, NE. Two Rivers plans to replicate its current program by opening a second Two Rivers campus at Young that will eventually serve 500 students in preschool - eighth grade.
Many of the qualities of the Young site resonated with Two Rivers, such as its abundance of outdoor space and proximity to the Anacostia River and local ecology, which has long been studied and cherished by our students and educators. Two Rivers is also excited to begin to partner with the dedicated residents of the Langston Carver community, who have demonstrated their commitment to and passion for their neighborhood during the application process.
Two Rivers will now engage in a feasibility study at the Young school, which will need considerable renovation before becoming a new home for DC students. Two Rivers hopes to open the Young campus in the fall of 2015. Our current community should know that we do not plan to move students served at the Two Rivers 4th and Florida Avenue NE campus.
Two Rivers is excited to be awarded permission to redevelop the historic Young building and looks forward to the opportunity to provide our vibrant learning community to more students. As always, the Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees will proceed with the thoughtfulness and intentionality that have guided our growth in the past, and will continue to keep the Two Rivers community updated and involved in this exciting process.
Attached is a link to the Mayor's press release. Thank you for your ongoing support and for joining us in our enthusiasm about this exciting next step to bring a Two Rivers education to more DC students.
Jessica K. Wodatch
Read Mayor Gray's press release here.