New Arts Middle School Draws Fancy Pants Names

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A star-studded Blue Ribbon Commission has been appointed to help plan DCPS’s new arts middle school. Set to open in fall 2011, the school will serve grades six through eight, and aims to follow in the prestigious tradition of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, DC’s selective arts high school.

So far, DCPS has done a pretty good job with the prestige part. The new planning commission includes arts glitterati such as jazz icon Wynton Marsalis, Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, Septime Wembre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet, and Fred Bollerer, COO of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. More than a dozen others are on board as well, each doing their part to ensure the school turns heads…and teaches kids too.

Rebecca Gross

Raised in nearby MoCo, Rebecca happily jumped the District line in 2005. When not stuck behind a computer, she can be found exploring the city’s many wonders, usually with her trusty canine sidekick Jasper Jones. Questions, comments, concerns? Email her at RebeccaGross (at)

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