Washington Heights Academy expands the range of primary and intermediate school options for residents of the Inwood section of northern Manhattan. The new 81,000 sf school is located in a residential neighborhood consisting primarily of four to six story apartment buildings. It includes a basement that houses the gymnatorium and cafeteria and five floors above grade for Pre-K through 8th grade.
Because the site is tight, a 3,000-sf early childhood play area and a 6,000-sf play area for older children are located on rooftop spaces. The new building will include wireless LAN and internet access throughout, and will be fully air-conditioned and sprinklered. The school will serve 582 Pre-K through 8th Grade students. The building's iconic design feature is the "yellow brick road" - an undulating yellow metalic ceiling in the main corridor.