Building Our Future

Building Our Future: Master Plan Construction Phase

Since the fall of 2015, the Upper Arlington community has come together to craft a long-term, financially sensible master plan for the district's aging schools and inform the design process for the six projects in the first phase of the master plan.
Beginning in the spring of 2019, Upper Arlington Schools is BUILDING OUR FUTURE for the Upper Arlington students and community of today and generations to come.

The Community's Master Plan

The first phase of the master plan will build a new Upper Arlington High School and renovate or rebuild all five elementary schools. The first phase also includes building athletic fields on the district-owned land behind Tremont Elementary School adjacent to Northam Park.
The new and renovated schools have been designed to provide additional space for the district's growing enrollment. Each project has been designed to have a logical place for a classroom addition, if needed, in the event that growth exceeds projections. As of October 2018, projections indicate districtwide enrollment growth of 20 percent, or approximately 1,250 students, over 10 years.
Construction began on the first phase of the master plan in the spring of 2019 on the high school site as well as the sites for Barrington, Greensview, Tremont and Wickliffe elementary schools. Construction on Windermere Elementary School began in the summer of 2020. View a tentative timeline for the projects. 
After the completion of the first phase of the master plan, the Upper Arlington Board of Education and the community will need to revisit the second phase, including the two middle schools and Burbank Early Childhood School. 

Summer 2021 milestones

This summer, we will mark several milestones as we prepare for the grand opening of all of the projects in the first phase of our facilities master plan. Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.


  • June 8 - August 2021: demolition of the old building

  • Early June - early August: furniture installation in the new building

  • Late July: Certificate to occupy the building

  • August 15: grand opening of the new building *

In the Upper Arlington High School neighborhood, the City of Upper Arlington will also be working on the reconstruction of Brandon Road between Ridgeview and Zollinger roads, beginning June 14 through August 6. This will allow for more street parking in the immediate vicinity of the high school. 

* Following the grand opening, work will continue to develop the site through the 2021-2022 school year, including the south and east parking lots and athletic fields.


  • Late June: demolition of the “pods” on the southeast corner of the building

  • Early July: Certificate to occupy the building 

  • Mid July: Furniture installation

  • August 15: grand opening of the completed project


  • Late June - early July: demolition of the old Wickliffe building *

  • Early July - early fall: site development, including playspace for students  

* Please note that the castle playground on the Wickliffe site is temporarily closed until further notice. This is for the safety of children and families during the demolition process. We will notify the community and families when the playground is able to be reopened.


  • July 16: Certificate of Occupancy Permit

  • Late July: Furniture installation

  • August 15: grand opening of the completed project


If you have questions about the master plan for Upper Arlington Schools, please contact Chris Potts, chief operating officer, at [email protected].
If you have construction questions or concerns, please contact Mike Hilton of Turner Construction, the district's owners representative, at [email protected].  
Building Our Future grand opening celebration art

Save the date!

Grand opening celebration and open houses — August 15

Please join us on Sunday, August 15 for a community grand opening celebration and open houses for all of our facilities master plan projects. This is an opportunity to go inside the new Upper Arlington High School and all of our new elementary schools just a few days before the start of the school year.

1 p.m. — Grand opening celebration in the performing arts center at the new Upper Arlington High School, 1625 Zollinger Road

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Open houses at the high school and all five elementary schools

Please watch your mailbox for more details this summer, and we look forward to more opportunities to welcome you into our schools during the upcoming school year.

Construction Updates

Inside the new Upper Arlington High School

Construction Update: New UAHS, elementary schools on schedule to open in August

As the end of the school year approaches, Upper Arlington Schools is looking ahead to many big milestones for the three remaining projects in the facilities master plan. The new high school, the new Windermere and the renovation project at Barrington are on schedule and on budget to open to students and staff in August. We are looking forward to welcoming our community into all of our new and renovated buildings in August - including the projects we’ve already completed: the new Greensview, the new Wickliffe, the new Tremont and the Barrington addition.
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Upper Arlington High School

Upper Arlington High School farewell

Since the fall of 1956, the current Upper Arlington High School has sent off 63 graduating classes into their next chapter of life. This spring, the Class of 2021 will be the 64th - and final - class to graduate from the building at 1650 Ridgeview Road. At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, the current Upper Arlington High School will close to make way for the opening of the new school - at 1625 Zollinger Road - in August.

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