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August 4, 2021

Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School- A New School for a New School Year

The new Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School’s (AJCES) Middle School is located at 2100 North 29th Street immediately across Newborurne Street from the existing school’s campus. The Middle School building consists of classrooms, a multipurpose room, teacher’s work areas, library, administrative offices, UpRVA, a kitchen and the ancillary/support spaces required for grades 6 through 8.

The new Middle School and gymnasium allow for the expansion of AJCES, nearly doubling the size of the school and providing expanded resources and programing for the sciences, arts, music, physical education and after-school programming.


The school is located on 1.28- acre parcel in the city of Richmond and is composed of two primary elements; a one-story 13,000 sf pre-engineered steel structure and a two-story 20,000 sf steel and concrete classroom building. The building has been designed economically, both in terms of cost and operations and fits into the context of the existing residential neighborhood.

A nurturing environment committed to the academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being of each student.

Director of Higher Education, Mitch Rowland is the Project Manager for the new Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School. The design of the building lends itself to the importance of education and fosters an environment that upholds the values of the school and its students.


With the new gymnasium, library, outdoor areas and extended space for Graduate Support Programs and UpRVA partnerships, the school becomes a beacon of reinvestment in the community. Spaces for classroom learning as well as transformative meeting spaces, flex spaces and huddle spaces will serve the school for years to come in a variety of programs for the school and the “community of affection” that empowers students and graduates to change the trajectory of their lives.

Construction is expected to be complete in September. Go Lions!


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