New Elementary School Updates

A recent rendering of the front of the new elementary school, facing Durham Street.
Click the image above to view more renderings.

In November 2015, HPISD voters approved a bond issue that was set forth by a community Facilities Advisory Committee and approved by the School Board. Part of the plan will see the construction of the first new elementary school in Highland Park ISD since 1948. The school, which is planned to open in August 2017, will be located on HPISD land, previously owned by Northway Christian Church and will be bounded by the church to the west, Northwest Parkway (the access road to NW Hwy.) to the north, Durham to the east and Wentwood to the south. The sale of the property to Highland Park ISD was completed in Spring 2016. 

Planning for the school began in earnest in the summer of 2015 when several HPISD teachers, administrators and community members visited school campuses in other districts to study the features and benefits of recently constructed classrooms. Many of the components they observed and wanted to include are being incorporated into the new school. Since then, focus groups consisting of community leaders, neighbors, parents and teachers have provided, and will continue to provide, valuable feedback into the final plans for the school.
Key elements included in the initial design are:
  • classrooms averaging 800 square feet (the current elementary school average in HPISD is 750 feet)
  • flexible learning spaces to allow for small or large group instruction
  • a secluded outdoor classroom with a garden and small amphitheater
  • a covered area at the front of the school to protect students from the weather on rainy days
  • a large gymnasium that can be divided into two small gyms, when necessary
  • a playground and soccer field adjacent to both the gym and the cafeteria
  • an underground parking garage
  • at the request of neighbors, a lane entering from the north side of the school in order to minimize the number of large delivery and trash trucks on Durham and Wentwood.
Groundbreaking date: June 20, 2016
Expected completion date: August 2017

Construction Site: Time-lapse Camera

A camera has been installed on the construction site to provide district staff, parents and community members an up-to-date look at the progress of the new elementary school. Click the image above to view a current time-lapse of construction, beginning on Sept.1, 2016.

The camera takes a picture of the site approximately every 10 minutes. To view a single snapshot from a particular date or time, or to compare two photos side-by-side, visit

Construction Documents