The scheduled redevelopment of Bethel Church DC360 into a 186,000 SF residential building on the church property at 60 I St. means that Waterfront Academy, located on the second floor of Bethel, must move. So the school is searching for a new home and has embarked on a $13 million fundraising campaign.
Waterfront Academy is a dual immersion (Spanish and English) Montessori school with emphasis on charity and stewardship in the Catholic tradition. The school wants to stay in the SWDC area, where it’s been since operations began in 2014. According to a fundraising email sent by the school, the new space will allow Waterfront Academy to serve at least 135 students each year. The school will include a chapel, library, teacher’s lounge, administrative offices, Infirmary, gymnasium, kitchen, 11 classrooms, and an outdoor plaza featuring an Urban Farm, Outdoor Classrooms, and Natural Play Space.