Along with the eager anticipation that leads up to every new school year, the students at Annapolis Elementary School have something extra to be excited about: new classrooms, new computers – a new school.

To celebrate, the students, administration, and staff of Annapolis Elementary School will join with the community to commemorate the opening of their new school during an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, August 25. The ribbon cutting will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m., and the open house will run until 3:00 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building, meet their teachers, and see their new classrooms a day before classes begin.

The $28.8 million facility is the culmination of a two-year revitalization project that conjoins the original Annapolis Elementary School and the Philip L. Brown and Rachel Hall Brown (former Board of Education Administration site) buildings in downtown Annapolis. At 69,331 square feet, the building is nearly 40,000 square feet larger than its predecessor that was originally built in 1896.

Maryland’s oldest school structure for providing continuous educational services is equipped with a video-linked security system, a climbing wall in the gymnasium, a fully-outfitted computer lab, and interactive white boards in every classroom. It also is home to the Philip L. and Rachel Hall Brown Building, which is now attached to the school. The Brown Building was dedicated in 2010 to the two longtime educators.