Project Update: GCS Montessori Elementary

    • Archer is being rebuilt because it has one of the worst facility condition ratings in the district, according to the study that began in 2018 and was completed in 2019.

    • The Board of Education approved the GCS Facilities Master Plan in 2019 after months of study and public meetings.
      • The plan’s goal is to give all families access to high-quality facilities while strengthening educational programming and ensuring more equitable access to magnet schools and other choice options.
      • Enrollment trends analyzed as part of the planning process showed that families are already opting out of schools in the Smith High feeder pattern at a high rate; the plan expands choice in this area.
    • The plan includes moving the Montessori program to Archer to expand choice in that area.
      • Archer was chosen for a magnet program because of the Smith High School feeder pattern area in which Archer is located has the highest number of families opting for choice in all of Guilford County Schools. Two other schools in the Smith High School feeder pattern area will also be recommended to become magnet schools: Peck Elementary School and Foust Elementary School.

    • Voters approved rebuilding Archer in November of 2020 as part of the $300 million bond proposal.

    • Having a racially, culturally and economically diverse student body is a goal of every GCS magnet school.

Key Project Information

  •  Bond 2020 Project Phase for This Project: Pre-Design

    BudgetEstimated budget: $8,372,048 

    Space AllocationsAction: Close as a neighborhood school and fully renovate as a Montessori magnet, replacing Erwin Montessori


    TimelineTimeline for project

    • Phase: 1
    • Begin date: To be determined
    • Estimated completion date: To be determined

    Bid for Suppliers TimelineBid for bond suppliers timeline

    Age of the buildingYear built: 1962

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Last Modified on March 22, 2022