Sidwell Plans Campus Consolidation

Sidwell Friends School announced on Tuesday plans to relocate its Bethesda lower school to an expanded campus at Wisconsin Avenue, where its middle and upper schools are currently located. The school purchased The Washington Home and Community Hospices, 3720 Upton Street, which neighbors Sidwell’s Washington campus.

Sidwell Friends becomes the second private school to announce plans for an expansion near Tenleytown. Georgetown Day School is currently designing a larger campus on Davenport Street.

According to the school’s website, Sidwell Friends signed a purchase and sale agreement of the 5.7 acre property in July and ratified the agreement on September 10. Sidwell intends to begin renovations in the spring of 2017, pending approval of a special exception by the Board of Zoning Adjustment to operate a school on the purchased property.

The private school anticipates the lower school will relocate in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. No increase in enrollment is projected.

For more information, visit the Sidwell Friends School website. A copy of the letter sent to the school community can be viewed below.

Sidwell letter