James Wood High School Addition and Renovations

James Wood High School

General Information

  • The James Wood High School Additions and Renovations first appeared on the School Board’s 2006-2011 Capital Improvements Plan. The total project cost is $72,844,000
  • The project is being financed and paid for over 20 years similar to a home mortgage or car loan
  • Since opening in 1980, there have been two additions built at James Wood High School, but no major renovations
  • The project needs to be completed to address major building systems that are at or near the end of their expected lifecycle; undersized classrooms and hallways; overcrowding; the need for additional classrooms, science labs and other learning spaces; and to improve safety and security issues related to the school site (student drop-off and pickup)

Project Status

During its meeting on March 10, 2021, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors approved the School Board’s request to appropriate $72,844,000 to the School Construction Fund for the James Wood High School Addition and Renovations. The project will be completed in phases over three years and is scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2024-25 school year.

Project Scope


  • Replace and/or upgrade major systems, including the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, before they fail
  • Add additional classrooms and new science labs eliminating the need for modular classrooms
  • Create learning communities/collaborative learning spaces
  • Install solar tubes to provide natural light in classrooms on the school’s upper level
  • Renovate restrooms with new walls, floors, fixtures and accessories to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Install new ceiling, wall and floor finishes
  • Replace the school’s outdated lighting system with energy efficient LEDs


  • A major addition will be constructed on the front of the school which will include a new administration, guidance and clinic area; a new multi-media center; a new cafeteria; and a new main entrance leading to a student commons area
  • The existing office area will be utilized for the new multi-media center/student commons
  • The current media center will be renovated into classrooms, collaborative learning spaces and learning studios
JWHS Existing CafeteriaJWHS Proposed Cafeteria

The new cafeteria will have a standard loading dock (current loading dock is awkwardly placed and located a floor above the kitchen). The learning stair will allow students to host presentations and performances. There will be a variety of seating options in the dining room.

JWHS Existing Science LabJWHS Proposed Science Wing

The existing cafeteria will become the science wing. There are too few existing science labs and they are too small. 

JWHS Workroom Converted to Classroom

Many spaces are undersized and overcrowded. This was a workroom that has been converted to a classroom.

JWHS Existing HallwaysJWHS Current Narrow HallwaysJWHS Proposed Collaboration Space

The existing classrooms are smaller than required under current standards. The interior hallways are narrow and do not easily accommdate student transition between class periods. Larger classrooms would meet current standards and be augmented with collaboration space.

JWHS Existing LibraryJWHS Proposed Media Center

Walls isolate the current library from the rest of the school. Furnishings in the space are not easily configured to meet various needs. The proposed media center will be more centrally located and contain a variety of learning spaces as well as flexible furnishings that are easily reconfigured. A student commons will allow for the school to be secured during athletic events and performances.