DC turns old school into state-of-the-art building for severely disabled students

Antwan Wilson, chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, talks to Kiara Jones, 8, right, a visually impaired third-grader at River Terrace Education Campus. Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

Antwan Wilson, chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, talks to Kiara Jones, 8, right, a visually impaired third-grader at River Terrace Education Campus. Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

According to Tara García Mathewson of Education Dive, two unused, old and run-down DCPS schools have been transformed into the new state-of-the-art River Terrace Education Campus for students with severe physical or intellectual disabilities. 

The new campus will serve over 135 students across the district and according to the school's Principal, Aimeé Cepeda Pressley it will differ from traditional schools by focusing on small class sizes and one-on-one instruction.

At his first visit to the school, D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson commended the decision to build the school.

“We saw every student engaged,” Wilson said. “I was very impressed with what I saw here.”

In addition to offering academic courses, River Terrace will also teach students how to cook, do laundry, navigate public transportation and prepare for potential job interviews in the future. Read more here.