New Maumelle Charter High School taking shape

A rendering of the under-construction of Maumelle Charter High School. It is set to open for students on August 2022.

White Oak Crossing is still very much a new road, but it has become one of the most popular addresses in Maumelle as developers look there first for what’s next.

The biggest, and most notable, what’s next is the $32 million new home for Maumelle Charter High School as construction began last fall and work is steadily progressing with a target opening date of August 2022 for students, said Rob McGill, the Chief Executive Officer of the school system, in a letter to parents and posted to the school’s website.

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McGill said construction would be “complete” by May 31, 2022 and summer would be used to move furniture and get the space ready for students. It would mean sophomores at the school now, would be the first graduating class in the 2022-23 academic year.

What those students will be getting is impressive.

The school’s campus will set on an expansive 38 acres with a total of 32 classrooms, two science labs, a cafeteria, an auditorium that will seat 831 people, a gym that will accommodate 1,802, along with a weight room, among other features and, on the outside, an artificial turf soccer field that will be encircled by an eight-lane track.

The work site at White Oak Crossing for the new Maumelle Charter High School currently under construction. (Jeremy Peppas photos)

McGill said that none of the school system’s buildings will be closed when the new building opens in 2022.

The current high school will become a middle school and serve grades 4 through 7 and the new high school will serve 8th grade though Senior year, while the current elementary will be kindergarten through 3rd grade.

The new space will also allow for growth. Current enrollment for all grades is 1,400 students, but that number will increase by 100 students with an all-grade enrollment of 2,000 students by the 2026-27 academic year.

The new high school will have a familiar look as it was designed by Lewis Architects Engineers in Little Rock and that is the same firm that designed the current Maumelle Charter Elementary School on Edgewood Drive. Conway’s Nabholz is handling the construction of the new school.

Signage up at White Oak Crossing for the new Maumelle Charter High School

About 200 students at the school now are sophomores, juniors and seniors and Maumelle Charter competes in the 2A classification in the Arkansas Activities Association. The student growth would push the Falcons into at least the 3A classification, or the same classification at Central Arkansas Christian and, eventually, into 4A, which is where Maumelle High School competed when the school opened up 10 years ago.