about our building
As a response to the growing demand for its unique educational experience, Mundo Verde sought campus locations that would enable our diverse community of families to establish a sense of place and belonging in the District of Columbia.
Our campus consists of a renovated historic Elementary School (la casa) and our early childhood annex (la casita), certified LEED Gold and Platinum, respectively. The current state of the J.F. Cook campus is the result of over six years of planning, raising funds, and thoughtful development.
From 1925 to 2008, the historic J.F. Cook building proudly served as an anchor institution for African American students in the District of Columbia. The school was named after John F. Cook, a pre-civil war educator and activist in Washington.
In 2013, Mundo Verde was selected by the District's Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and Department of General Services to renovate and reuse this historic school building. Recognizing the rich history of the J.F. Cook School, Mundo Verde is proud to be able to call this historic and now -renovated site our home.
The renovation and construction of our J.F. Cook buildings incorporated many sustainable design features and materials. Building materials were salvaged from the original facilities and reused for landscaping and architectural elements. The asphalt areas were transformed into play spaces and school gardens. The rainwater harvesting system collects grey water used by the school to save over 300,000 gallons of water annually from going to the water treatment facility.
When dreaming of our permanent home for our first campus, we pictured a sustainable school alive with spaces for learning “the Mundo Verde way”: spaces in which our students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists—investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions; spaces in which student see the relevance of their education and are motivated by the understanding that learning has purpose.
longterm goals and projects
This commitment to continued growth and greening of our J.F. Cook campus focuses on the following long-term project aimed to create the mission-specific connections between our campus and our curricula, maximizing the campus as a learning laboratory. For school year 2018-2019, MV PADRES (our parent association) is leading a Play Spaces Campaign to further develop the outdoor play space.