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PS/IS 263 M - Washington Heights Academy - New York, NY

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. 

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