High Point Elementary students received a nice surprise in early September when they returned to an improved building complete with a media center, two playgrounds, and new classrooms for prekindergarten and kindergarten.
The renovations were the last part of a three-phase project that started in 2018 with a new gym/cafeteria, two new music rooms and a “re-fronting,” which moved the entrance of the school from Duvall Highway to Edgewood Avenue.
With the improvements, High Point’s capacity increased from 574 students to 747. Principal Tim Merritt called it a welcome addition thanks to Superintendent George Arlotto and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education.
“When they decided in 2017 to expand the school, we were over capacity at the time, so it was that coupled with hedging for future growth in the community,” Merritt said.
Merritt smiled when speaking about the media center, which is filled with shelving, chairs and tables new to the building. “We purged ourselves of all the old furniture in the old building,” Merritt said. “We wanted new furniture for a new school.”
Down the hall is an early childhood wing with two new pre-K classes and three new kindergarten classes. Each early childhood classroom has a Smart Board in the front, shelving units (a luxury the old building did not have) and its own bathroom.
Outside, the kids can enjoy two new playgrounds.